TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s legislative efforts to make New Jersey more military friendly advanced on Thursday when the Assembly passed his bill to waive occupational licensing and application fees for active duty dependents and spouses.
“This bill gives New Jersey one more opportunity to put out the welcome mat for military families who sacrifice so much, especially while a service member is on active duty. Families often have to relocate to a base quickly and have their lives uprooted because of military commitments,” Dancer (R-Ocean) said. “By helping qualified spouses and dependents of service members get jobs more easily, we are also supporting New Jersey’s economy.”
If an active duty member of the armed forces has been transferred to the state due to military obligations, Dancer’s bill (A482) allows the non-resident spouse and any dependent to apply for and receive New Jersey occupational licenses and temporary courtesy occupational licenses at no cost. Each professional board is to issue a license to those who meet application requirements so that they can lawfully practice their profession or occupation in New Jersey.
New Jersey has about 7,700 active duty members of the military. The Division of Consumer Affairs maintains 51 professional and occupational boards and committees that oversee, license and regulate more than 750,000 individuals and businesses in New Jersey. Licensing and application fees vary across profession, but can cost a few hundred dollars.