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Minnesota Commerce Department & VA offer support for veterans to get licensed in real estate and insurance professions

11/6/2015 4:58:30 PM

SAINT PAUL – As Veterans Day approaches, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is reminding Minnesota’s military veterans interested in insurance or real estate careers that they may be eligible for financial support to help them get licensed in the state. 

To assist Minnesota veterans who are pursuing new employment opportunities, the Commerce Department has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer reimbursements for the costs of certain licensing examinations in the insurance and real estate industries. 

“We are helping Minnesota’s military veterans transition to careers after serving our country,” said Rothman. “In a small but important way, this licensing exam reimbursement program shows support for our veterans and their families, helping them secure career opportunities in the private sector.” 

Financial support is available to cover the examination fees for more than 20 types of Minnesota licenses ranging from insurance adjusters and producers to real estate brokers, salespersons and appraisers. 

A complete list of reimbursable licensing exams is available at the /commerce/licensees/military/index.jspMinnesota Commerce Department website.

This financial support is available to veterans as part of the GI Bill education benefits. The Commerce Department is responsible for licensing and regulating the insurance and real estate industries in Minnesota.

Q&A for Veterans License Examination Reimbursement

Is there a limit to the number of eligible tests a veteran can be reimbursed for? 

There is no limit to the number of tests you may take, or number of times you may take the same test. 

Does the reimbursement cover other fees a veteran might be subject to when obtaining a license? 

No. The VA pays only for the test fees, up to $2,000 for each test. Other costs connected with obtaining a license or certification are not reimbursable. 

How does the reimbursement work? 

Reimbursement is issued after you submit proof of payment to the VA. To get more details, visit the Licensing and Certification page at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Commerce is here to help

For more information about the veterans licensing examination reimbursement program in Minnesota, contact the Commerce Department by email at licensing.commerce@state.mn.us or by phone at 651-539-1599 or 800-657-3978 (Greater Minnesota).

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