Licensing and Certification Benefits:
The licensing and certification benefit allows
the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay eligible veterans
for the cost of a test they have taken to obtain certain
licenses or certifications. Veterans can receive
reimbursement if the test has been specifically approved by
the State Approving Agency in the state where the testing of
the licensing entity is located.
Note: This benefit can only pay for the cost
of the test. It does not reimburse the veteran for the
cost of training or other fees connected with obtaining a
license or certification.
How can a veteran apply for licensing and
Applying for Reimbursement of License and
Students must send a copy of test results to
the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) office which handles
Check the map
on the VA's Internet
site at www.gibill.va.gov
for the nearest VA Regional Processing Center and forward the
information to this address. The VA Regional Processing
Center for veterans in Maryland is the Buffalo, New York
location. Attach a note with the following information:
Written request for reimbursement.
Include name and social security number.
List the title of the test and the date it
Indicate the name and address of the
organization issuing the license or certificate (not
necessarily the organization that administered the test).
State the cost of the test. NOTE:
registration fees, preparation guides, processing fees,
etc. will not be reimbursed.
Insert the following statement with
signature: "I authorize release of my test
information to VA."
Students who have never previously filed a
claim for VA education benefits will also need to submit an
application for benefits.
Veterans or active duty members, file
VA Form 22-1990
Eligible children or spouses of veterans
file, VA Form 22-5490
For further information on forms call the
VA at: 1-888-442-4551