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RE licenses and service members: It’s easier now

By Meredith Caruso
 

Aug. 7, 2017 – Florida's new "Occupational Opportunity Act" (OOA) makes it easier for some active-duty service members to keep their real estate license – along with other types of Florida licenses – in good standing. If the service member isn't using his or her license while actively serving, it keeps their license active with the state and they don't have to pay dues or fees.

OOA went into effect on July 1. It amends section 455.02 of the Florida Statutes and provides for active members of the armed forces, their spouses and surviving spouses to be kept in good standing with the board or program that oversees their license in relation to license dues and renewals.

The license protection applies for a period of two years (previously it was six months) after being discharged from active duty.

In addition, a service member's spouse is exempt from licensure renewal provisions, providing the reason the spouse is absent from Florida is due to the service member's active duty.

The OOA also waives the initial licensing fee for a member of the armed forces, along with the spouse of an active armed forces member and certain other people.

To see further details of the OOA, visit the Florida Senate website.

Meredith Caruso is Manager of Member Legal Communications for Florida Realtors

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