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Summaryof Colorado Military and Veterans Benefits: The State of Colorado offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Retired Military Pay and Property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

Colorado Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Colorado Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Colorado Retired Military Pay Income Taxes : The rules for the taxability of military retirement benefits are the same as the rules for any retirement pension and annuity income. Persons who were 55 to 64 years of age as of December 31 may exclude up to $20,000 of their military retirement benefits received during the calendar year. Persons who were 65 years of age or older as of December 31, may exclude up to $24,000 of their military retirement benefits received during the calendar year.

Learn more about Colorado Retired Military Pay Income Taxes

Colorado State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the armed forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975;

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975;

  • You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict,

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service,

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war.

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).

Learn more about Colorado State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay

Colorado State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Learn more about Oklahoma State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Colorado State Tax Benefits: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Colorado State Tax Benefits

Colorado Property Tax Deferral for Seniors and Active Military Personnel: The Property Tax Deferral Program helps military personnel and seniors, many of whom live on a fixed income, continue to afford living in their home by deferring the payment of their property taxes. The State Treasurer's office may make tax payments directly to the county on behalf of the participant for the tax amount due. The loan is logged as a lien against the participant's property that does not have to be remitted until the participant no longer qualifies to defer their property taxes.
Who is eligible for the Colorado Property Tax Deferral for Seniors and Active Military Personnel? The following criteria must be met:

  • Applicant must be a senior who is 65 years or older or a person called into military service pursuant to CRS 39-3.5-101 (1.8), on January 1 of the year in which the person files a claim.

  • All prior years' property taxes must be paid.

  • Applicant must own and occupy the property as their primary residence. The property cannot be income-producing.

  • The total value of liens against the property (mortgages, deferrals, and/or deeds of trust) cannot exceed 100% of the assessed market value.

  • Mortgage lender agrees that the state's interest in the property would take priority over all other interests.

  • If a qualified applicant has a reverse mortgage, the property is only eligible for future deferrals if a subordination agreement from the mortgage lender is submitted with the application.

  • The deferral amount must be paid upon sale or transfer of the property. The deferral amount can also be paid any time prior to sale or transfer without affecting future eligibility.

Those who qualify must file an application with their respective county treasurer between January and April 1st of each year. Once approved, the treasurer will issue a certificate of deferral to the property owner, keeping one copy on record and sending one copy to the State Treasurer's office. By April 30, the Treasurer's office will pay the deferred amount to the County Treasurer where the property is located.
Colorado Senior / Civilian Tax Lien Application for Deferral of Property Taxes
Colorado Activated Guard or Reserve Tax Lien / Application for Deferral of Property Taxes
Colorado County Government Directory

*Note : if property taxes are included in your mortgage payment, a copy of the deferral certificate to the mortgage lender for a refund of the property tax held in escrow must be presented.

Learn more about Colorado Property Tax Deferral for Seniors and Active Military Personnel

Colorado Senior and Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: A property tax exemption is available to senior citizens, surviving Spouses of senior citizens, and disabled Veterans. For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value of their primary residence is exempted. The state pays the exempted portion of the property tax. The Senior Property Tax Exemption is administered by the Department of Local Affairs; but the Treasurer's office is responsible for the distribution of state funds to counties representing the amount issued in exemptions.
Who is eligible for the Colorado Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption?

  • Applicant must be a disabled Veteran who has been rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as permanently disabled. (VA unemployability awards do not meet the requirement for determining an applicant's eligibility.)

  • Applicant must have owned and occupied the property as their primary residence on January 1st of the year in which they are applying for the exemption. (If the Veteran's Spouse is an owner and the Veteran is not, the Veteran can still qualify if the couple was married on or before January 1 and both have occupied the property as their primary residence since January 1.)

  • Fifty percent of the first $200,000 in actual property value is exempt from property taxation

Disabled Veterans who qualify for the property tax exemption must submit an application to their county assessor between January 1st and July 1st of the year you qualify.
Colorado County Government Directory
Colorado Property Tax Exemption Application for Qualifying Disabled Veterans
Colorado Property Tax Exemption for the Surviving Spouse of a Previously Qualified Disabled Veteran

Learn more about the Colorado Senior and Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption

Colorado Military Spouse Residency Relief Act: For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2009, wages and tips of a qualifying nonresident Spouse are not taxable in Colorado and should not be included on Form 104PN .
Who is eligible for Colorado Military Spouse Residency Relief Act? A qualifying Spouse must:

  • Have moved to Colorado from another state;

  • File an income tax return and report Colorado wages in the state of residency, if applicable;

  • Be in Colorado solely to accompany their active duty Service member Spouse who is stationed in Colorado in accordance with military orders; AND

  • Have the same state of residency as the home of record of the Service member.

Learn more about the Colorado Military Spouse Residency Relief Act

Colorado Tax Deduction for Reacquiring Colorado Residency: An active duty Service member whose home of record is Colorado and whose state of legal residency is any state other than Colorado may reacquire legal residence in Colorado if at least one of the following five criteria are met. "Home of record" is the place one was living when they entered or re-enlisted in the military. An individual must:

  • Register to vote in Colorado,

  • Purchase residential property or an unimproved residential lot in Colorado,

  • Title and register a motor vehicle in the state,

  • Notify the state of the individual’s previous legal residence and the intent to make Colorado the individual’s state of legal residence, or

  • Prepare a new last will and testament that indicates Colorado as the individual’s state of legal residence.

For the tax year that begins on January 1, 2016, and for subsequent tax years, an active duty Service member who has reacquired residency in Colorado may:

  • Claim a subtraction on the Colorado individual income tax return of an amount equal to any compensation received for active duty service in the Armed Forces, to the extent that the compensation is included in federal taxable income,

  • Not file an individual income tax return with the State of Colorado if the individual’s only source of income is compensation that is subtracted from federal taxable income, and

  • Elect not to deduct or withhold taxes from the individual’s wages if the individual’s withholding certificate indicates that the compensation is eligible to be subtracted from the Colorado income tax return.

Learn more about Colorado Tax Deduction for Reacquiring Colorado Residency

Colorado Resident Military Serving Outside of the U.S. for 305 Days or More File as a Non-Resident for Tax Purposes: A Service member who is a full-year Colorado resident who spends at least 305 days of the tax year outside of the 50-state boundary of the United States while stationed outside of the United States for active military duty may file as a nonresident on the Colorado income tax return. The Service member’s Spouse may also file as a nonresident if the Spouse accompanies the Service member outside of the country for at least 305 days of the tax year while they are stationed there on active military duty.

Learn more about Colorado Resident Military Serving Outside of the U.S. for 305 Days or More File as a Non-Resident for Tax Purposes

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What are my Colorado Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Colorado National Guard (CONG) Tuition Assistance: Any member of the Colorado National Guard whose sole residency is Colorado is eligible for State Tuition Assistance, up to 100% tuition paid (not to exceed $4250 or $475/credit hour) at any approved Colorado state-funded school depending on funding available. State funding can be used in conjunction with Federal Tuition Assistance.
Who is eligible for Colorado National Guard (CONG) Tuition Assistance? The following criteria must be met:

  • As of July 1, 2000 any new member of the Colorado National Guard eligible for State Tuition Assistance must have a minimum of 6 months of service in the Colorado National Guard. Interstate Transfer (ISTs) and In-Service Recruits (ISRs) are waived from this requirement.

  • To get TA the member must be in drilling status with the Colorado National Guard. If the member leaves drilling status, during the semester/quarter for which they are receiving TA, the member must reimburse the Department for the whole amount of TA received for that semester.

  • Must maintain a 2.5 Grade Point Average every semester

All Army guard members are to apply for federal tuition assistance in addition to the state tuition assistance.

There is no longer a repayment of service for state tuition assistance (2 years of service for every 1 year of tuition). However, National Guard Service members must satisfactorily meet all performance requirements and receive recommendation by their Unit Commander (verified via 169C Form), and must have an ETS date on or after the end date of the semester.

For more information including eligibility guidelines, please visit the following pages:

Colorado National Guard (CONG) Tuition Assistance Updated Brochure 3-24-17
Colorado National Guard (CONG) Tuition Assistance Frequently Asked Question's Updated 3-28-17

Learn more about the Colorado National Guard (CONG) Tuition Assistance

Colorado “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Operation Recognition is a program to award High School diplomas to deserving and qualified WWII, Korea and Vietnam-era Veterans. Operation Recognition is authorized by Colorado State Law and is offered by the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Association of School Boards.

Who is eligible for Colorado “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? Upon request a diploma may be awarded to the honorably discharged Veteran or Veteran's Family member if requesting posthumously if he/she:

  • Served in the Armed forces: WWII, Korea, Vietnam

  • Left High School before graduating on order to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Is at least 60 years of age

  • Has not received a high school diploma (may hold a GED)

  • At the time of making the request, resides within the school district or

  • At the time of leaving High School to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, resided within the school district.

How to apply: Applicants must fill out the Colorado Operation Recognition Application and provide a copy of discharge paperwork reflecting an honorable discharge. Applications must be verified by a state Dept. of Veterans' Affairs representative, and turned in to the local County Board of Education.

Learn more about Colorado “Operation Recognition” High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans

Colorado Resident Tuition Rates for Non-resident Service Members, Veterans and Families: Veterans, Active Duty Service members, members of the Colorado National Guard and their dependents may qualify for residency for tuition purposes.
Who is eligible for Colorado Resident Tuition Rates for Non-resident Service Members, Veterans and Families?

Colorado National Guard member or dependents: A Colorado National Guard member or dependent must:

  • be stationed in Colorado by the first day of classes for the applicable term, and

  • have a physical residence in Colorado

Active Duty Military: Any military member who has ever had a PCS or TDY/TAD in Colorado is eligible for in-state tuition. Once qualified as an in-state student, the member does not lose eligibility if the member retires or separates from the military, nor does the member lose in-state status by reason of presence in any state or country while a member of the Armed Forces.

Active Duty Dependent: A dependent of an active-duty military member currently stationed in Colorado must:

  • be a dependent of an active-duty military member currently stationed (PCS) in Colorado,

  • be a dependent at the time the member is stationed in Colorado, and

  • if a Child dependent, be biological or legally adopted.

A dependent of a current or former military member not stationed in Colorado must:

  • enroll in a Colorado institution of higher education within 12 years after the member was active duty and stationed (PCS) any length of time in Colorado,

  • if a Child dependent, be biological or legally adopted, and

  • if a Spouse, have been married to the military member at the time the member was stationed in Colorado and at the time the Spouse is requesting in-state tuition classification.

U.S. Armed Forces Veteran or Dependent : A Veteran must:

  • be an honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces,

  • have a DD214 dated on or before the first day of the term, and

  • have previously been stationed in Colorado on a PCS or TDY/TAD, or be moving to Colorado permanently.

A Veteran's Child dependent or Spouse applying as a student must:

  • have a military parent/Spouse who was stationed in Colorado within the last 12 years on PCS orders.

  • if a Child dependent, be biological or legally adopted.

  • if a Spouse, have been married to the military member at the time the member was stationed in Colorado and at the time the Spouse is requesting resident tuition classification.

Veteran dependents who do not qualify for this exception may qualify for in-state tuition if the dependent qualifies under the requirements of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014.

Learn more about Colorado Resident Tuition Rates for Non-resident Service Members, Veterans and Families

Colorado Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment.

  • Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.

  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Points of Contact:
Cheryl Serrano, Compact Commissioner
Address: 6975 Village Meadows Dr, Fountain, CO 80817
Email: cheryldserrano@gmail.com
Phone: 719-492-7969

Susan Silva, Military Family Education Liaison
Address: 1675 Ellis St, Bldg 1217, Fort Carson, CO 80913
Email: susan.k.silva.naf@mail.mil
Phone: 719-524-2457

Learn more about the Colorado Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

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What are my Colorado Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Paid Leave for Colorado State Employees for Military Trainin g: State employee receives 15 days of paid military leave per year.
Who is eligible for Paid Leave for Colorado State Employees for Military Trainin g? Colorado National Guard and Reserve Service members are eligible for paid leave for military training.

Learn more about Paid Leave for Colorado State Employees for Military Training

Colorado State Employee Veterans' Hiring Preference: Eligible Veterans are eligible to receive Veterans' preference for jobs in the State of Colorado.
Who is eligible for Colorado State Employee Veterans' Hiring Preference? Five-point preference is given to those honorably separated (this means an honorable or general discharge)

  • Who served on active duty (excluding active duty for training) in the Armed Forces:

    • During any war declared by Congress;

    • During the period April 28, 1952, through July 1, 1955;

    • For more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976;

    • During the Gulf War period beginning August 2, 1990, and ending January 2, 1992;

    • For more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law as the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or,

    • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized, such as El Salvador, Lebanon, Granada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti.

  • The Spouse of a Veteran unable to work because of a service-connected disability;

  • The Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran who was or would have been entitled to Veterans' preference.

Medal holders and Gulf War Veterans who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty on or after October 14, 1982, without having previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty; must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty.

Ten preference points are awarded to those honorably separated Veterans who qualify as disabled Veterans because they have served on active duty in the Armed Forces at any time and have a present service-connected disability or are receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Veterans Administration.

Proof of eligibility must be provided before points are allowed. This consists of the following:

  • For Veterans, a DD214 reflecting dates of service, type of discharge, and, if appropriate, a campaign badge or service medal. If information regarding a campaign badge or service medal is necessary to award preference points and is not reflected on the DD214, other documents reflecting the grade or medal must be provided.

  • For disabled Veterans, a DD214 and proof of disability in the form of a letter from the Veterans Administration verifying that the Veteran is currently receiving monetary benefits or has a disability retirement.

  • For Spouses of Veterans unable to work due to a service-connected disability, a DD214, proof of the disability as outlined above, and a copy of the marriage license.

  • For Surviving Spouses of deceased Veterans, a DD214, a copy of the marriage license, a copy of the death certificate, and a signed statement from the Surviving Spouse that she/he has not remarried.

Learn more about Colorado State Employee Veterans' Hiring Preference

Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference : Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or

  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members convalescing from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the long-standing "escalator" principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, he or she is deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and is entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

Learn more about Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations Licensure for Service Members and Spouses: In certain cases, renewal fees may be waived for Service members, military Spouses may receive special consideration when obtaining a Colorado professional license and Service members can have military training and education count towards qualifications for licensure or certification.

Military Renewal Fee Waiver: If the following requirements of §12-70-102, C.R.S. are established, you may be considered for a waiver of your renewal fees. Official military documentation must be provided that satisfies each of the following:

  • Qualified service: Active duty personnel assigned to serve in an officially designated war, emergency or contingency may be eligible for exemption of renewal fees. Note: A contingency operation is one designated by the Secretary of Defense involving hostilities against an enemy of the United States or against an opposing military force. Current qualified contingencies include deployments to Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn.

  • Qualified service period: Must be at least 120 days in length.

  • Qualified renewal cycle: The time frame of a renewal cycle is defined as the period from six (6) weeks prior to the expiration date of the current license through sixty (60) days following the expiration date. Your qualified service period in 2) above must fall within the defined renewal period or up to 6 months prior to the renewal period.

If each of the above requirements is satisfied, you must provide official documentation and clearly identify how it shows each necessary requirement is met. The requisite official documentation generally includes a copy of the official orders. Upon receipt of your request and documentation, your eligibility to receive the following will be verified:

  • Exemption of renewal fees.

  • Exemption of continuing education or professional competency requirements (if applicable to your profession).

For individuals who meet the above requirements and who elect to pursue an exemption, please submit a copy of your orders or other official documentation that clearly identifies how you meet each of the above 3 requirements to: dora_dpo_licensing@state.co.us . The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies will respond and provide a decision regarding your qualification for exemption as well as how to proceed.

Requirements for Military Education and Training toward Licensure: The Director and Boards shall, upon the submission of satisfactory evidence by an applicant, accept education and training received in the military towards the qualifications to receive licensure or certification. Military personnel covered by this legislation include members of the Armed Forces or reserves of the United States, the National Guard of any State, the military reserves of any state, or the naval militia of any state.

Requirements for Relocated Military Spouse Licensure: For most professions regulated by the Division of Professions and Occupations, a military Spouse who has been relocated to Colorado by military orders, and has an active license in good standing from another state, can practice for up to one year from the date they move before obtaining a Colorado license.

Before the end of your first year of residency in Colorado, you must obtain a Colorado license by completing the appropriate application along with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Military Spouse Exemption Form . The exemption form should be included with your application and does not need to be submitted until you are ready to obtain your professional license in Colorado.

Professions not included as part of this exemption include: Professional Engineers and Interns, Professional Land Surveyors and Interns, Architects, Optometrists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Anesthesia Assistants.

Learn more about Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations Licensure for Service Members and Spouses

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What are my Colorado Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Colorado Unemployment Compensation : Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program to pay benefits and help workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. The UI Program helps to lessen the negative impact that unemployment has on the economy.

In order to qualify for benefits, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own (for example a layoff, reduction in hours, or reduction in pay not related to performance). We will contact your previous employer(s) to help determine whether or not you may qualify.

This program is not paid for by employees; employers fund the UI Program. Unemployment Insurance provides temporary and partial wage replacement to workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. Unemployment payments are funded by employer-paid taxes.

Colorado law requires all persons 18 years and older to provide proof that they are lawfully present in the United States before receiving unemployment benefits. You must provide one of the following forms of identification (ID):

  • Valid Colorado driver's license or a valid Colorado ID card.

  • United States military ID card or a military dependent ID card.

  • United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card.

  • Native American tribal document.

  • Valid driver's license or ID card issued by another state or Canada, or U.S. Passport.

Colorado Unemployment Insurance Online Claim Portal
Colorado Unemployment Guide

UI Benefits Inquiries please call 303-318-9000 or 1-800-388-5515 (outside Denver-metro area)

Learn more about Colorado Unemployment Compensation

Colorado Career Assistance for Veterans: Veterans Employment Specialists serve fellow Veterans by providing expertise in job and training opportunities. Their partnerships with local Workforce Centers allow any Veteran who has served at least one day of active duty to receive additional support with their job search. The Employment Specialist team provides intensive services to Veterans and eligible Spouses facing significant barriers to employment.

All Veterans receive priority in all of Colorado’s Workforce Center services, and have the opportunity to work with the highly skilled, professional Workforce Center staff to find a job that maximizes potential.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s (CLDE) Veteran Employment Specialists provide one-on-one assistance to eligible Veterans and Spouses seeking guidance in obtaining employment. They are dedicated to helping Veterans understand and align their skillsets with available opportunities across the state. Their goal is to provide Veterans with the information necessary to make confident career choices. All of this at no cost to the Veteran.

The Employment Specialists will guide you through:

  • Résumé and cover letter writing

  • Interview tips and techniques

  • Translating military experience to civilian responsibilities

  • Identifying education, training and experience requirements

  • Navigating online job boards and career fair resources

  • Targeting your job search by industry, and more

In addition Veterans can take advantage of the Colorado Workforce Center Services:

  • Workshops for resume preparation, interviewing techniques and job search

  • Training and grant programs like on-the-job training and more

  • Information on wage rates and employment trends

  • Vocational guidance and career counseling

  • Referrals to services within the community

  • Access to phone, internet, printer, fax and copy machines

Who is eligible for Colorado Career Assistance for Veterans? Priority of Service is for individuals who served at least one day in the active military service, and who were discharged or released under other than dishonorable conditions. Active service includes full-time Federal service, or service in the National Guard or a Reserve component.
Colorado Workforce Centers Directory

Learn more about Colorado Career Assistance for Veterans

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What are my Colorado Military and Veterans Division of Driver Services Benefits?

 "Veteran" or Military Designation on Colorado Driver License: The word "Veteran" may be printed on the driver's license or ID card if the applicant is a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. A military identifier may be added to a driver license or ID card for applicants who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Who is eligible for "Veteran" or Military Designation on Colorado Driver License? Applicants must present one of the following documents at a driver's license office to add an identifier:

  • Original DD214 indicating an honorable discharge (Veteran or Military identifier)

  • Valid military identification or Common Access Card (CAC) (Military identifier)

There is no additional fee to add the identifier; however, standard fees for renewal or issue of a duplicate license apply. Once the indicator has been added to the license or ID card, additional documentation is not required at renewal.

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Colorado Driver’s License Extensions for Military Personnel: Colorado residents on active-duty military status are eligible for a three-year extension on their current driver license if they are stationed outside the state and unable to renew the license. The extension is free, but the request for extension must include a letter from the Service member's commanding officer for verification.

· If your driver license or ID card has been expired for more than one year, you cannot renew on-line or by mail – you must visit a Colorado driver license office and will be required to retest if seeking a driver license

· If your valid driver license or ID card has been lost or stolen, you may request an out-of-state reissue by submitting form DR2989 Reissue Out of State

· You may request a free 3 year extension by submitting form DR2989 Out-of-State Extension. You will not be required to retest if you visit a Colorado driver license office before your 3 year extension expires (cannot be issued to an expired license)

· You may request an extension as long as your license has not been expired for more than 3 years

· You must be a resident of the State of Colorado to obtain a Colorado driver license of ID card

· Internet renewals must be mailed to a Colorado address

· Your license may be mailed to an overseas or out-of-state address if you renew by mail

Colorado Department of Revenue Online Driver's License Renewal Portal
Colorado Department of Revenue Driver's License Mail Renewal Information
Colorado Department of Revenue, Request for Duplicate Instruction Permit/ Minor Driver License or Extension of Driver License Form DR 2989

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Colorado Driver License – Exemption for Nonresident Military Service Members and their Spouse: Active duty U.S. military personnel and their Spouses are exempt from obtaining a Colorado driver license when they have a valid driver license issued by another state. Military personnel on active duty in Colorado and who claim another state as their home state of residence may register their vehicle(s) in Colorado.

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Colorado Specific Ownership Tax – Exemption for Active Duty Military Personnel : Active duty military personnel must be the owner or co-owner of the vehicle and complete form DR 2667 in order to obtain exemption from paying the Specific Ownership Tax. The affidavit must be completed each year at time of renewal or with the application for registration of a newly purchased vehicle. These individuals are in Colorado because they are required to be here by their branch of service.
Colorado Department of Revenue, Non-residence and Military Service Exemption from Specific Ownership Tax Affidavit Form DR 2667

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Colorado Military and Veteran License Plates: The State of Colorado offers 38 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retirees, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. A short description of some these license plates is listed below.

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Colorado Purple Heart License Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Who is eligible for the Colorado Purple Heart License Plate? Any person awarded the Purple Heart medal. The applicant must submit a copy of DD Form 214 or military orders awarding the Purple Heart, along with Military License Plate Application. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities ( Form DR 2219 ) must be included with the application.

One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 42-3-324(1) (b) (II) (D). A second or additional set requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit on the number of plates that may be issued. The first exempt set is issued by the State Registration Section:

In Person:

Division of Motor Vehicles
Department of Revenue
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, Colorado 80214-3503

By Mail:
Department of Revenue
Title and Registration Sections
P.O. Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217-3350

Second and additional sets may be obtained at local County Motor Vehicle Offices.
Colorado Department of Revenue, Military License Application DR Form 2002
Colorado Department of Revenue, Parking Privileges Application DR Form 2219

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Colorado Medal of Honor License Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Who is eligible for the Colorado Medal of Honor License Plate? Any person who can demonstrate being awarded the Medal of Honor. The applicant must fill out the Military License Plate Application and provide discharge paperwork (DD214) or military orders indicating award. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

 One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 42-3-213(1) (b) (II) (C). A second or additional set requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates in addition to other taxes and fees. Initial applications must be presented in person or by mail to the following addresses:

In Person:
Division of Motor Vehicles
Department of Revenue
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, Colorado 80214-3503

By Mail:
Department of Revenue
Title and Registration Sections
P.O. Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217-3350

There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. Second and additional sets may be obtained at respective resident County Motor Vehicle Offices.
Colorado Department of Revenue, Military License Application DR Form 2002
Colorado Department of Revenue, Parking Privileges Application DR Form 2219

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Colorado Honorably Discharged Veteran License Plate : Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Who is eligible for the Colorado Honorably Discharged Veteran License Plate? Any person who can demonstrate being honorable discharged or retired from any branch of the U.S. Armed Services. The applicant must fill out the Military License Plate Application and provide discharge paperwork (DD214) or other separation paperwork indicating an honorable discharge. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One-time fee of $50.00 for issuance and replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. License plates may be obtained at respective resident County Motor Vehicle Offices.
Colorado Department of Revenue, Military License Application DR Form 2002
Colorado Department of Revenue, Parking Privileges Application DR Form 2219

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Colorado Disabled Veteran License Plate: Available for passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreation vehicles, motor homes, motorcycles.
Who is eligible for the Colorado Disabled Veteran License Plate? Any person who can demonstrate being 50% or more Permanent Service-Connected Disabled with an Honorable discharge from a branch of the Armed Services of the United States is eligible. Applicants must fill out the Military License Plate Application. In addition, applicants must print and follow all instructions then submit all information included on the Disabled Veteran Plate Checklist, utilizing the checklist as a cover sheet. *Note: This plate does not permit the owner to park their vehicle in designated disability parking spaces. For individuals desiring a handicapped symbol on the license plate, an Application for Persons with Disabilities (Form DR 2219) must be included with the application.

One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 42-3-213(1) (b) (II) (B). A second or additional set requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees. Initial applications must be presented in person or by mail to the following addresses:

In Person:
Division of Motor Vehicles
Department of Revenue
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, Colorado 80214-3503

By Mail:
Department of Revenue
Title and Registration Sections
P.O. Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217-3350

There is no limit to the number of plates that may be issued. Second and additional sets may be obtained at respective County Motor Vehicle Offices.
Colorado Department of Revenue, Military License Application DR Form 2002
Colorado Department of Revenue, Parking Privileges Application DR Form 2219
Colorado Disabled Veteran License Plate Checklist

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What are my Colorado Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

Colorado National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty: A member of the military forces of the state of Colorado who dies or is disabled while in, or as a result of, active service on behalf of this state ordered by competent authority, which death or disability arises out of and in the course of his or her employment in the active service of the state of Colorado, is entitled to workers' compensation benefits in accordance with the provisions of the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado"; but no workers' compensation benefits shall be paid under this section in any case where similar benefits are payable under the provisions of any federal law or regulation.

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TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance ( SGLI )

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance ( VGLI )

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance ( FSGLI )

  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection ( TSGLI )

  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance ( S-DVI )

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance ( VMLI )

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Colorado National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): Current active members of the Colorado National Guard are automatically protected with $1,000 of SSLI at no charge. Additional supplemental life insurance for SGLI is available. This insurance pays an immediate benefit of $25,000 within 24 hours of death. Rates may be found at the National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance Website , or contact the administrator at 800-462-7441.

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What are my Colorado Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Free Admission to Colorado State Parks in August for Veterans and Service Members: Active duty Service members and Veterans are admitted free to Colorado state parks for the month of August. The Service member or Veteran must show proof of military service and obtain the free pass from any Colorado state park or CPW office. The Service member or Veteran must be in the vehicle when using the pass. All other park fees (camping, etc.) are still charged.​
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Honoring our Military Flyer

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Free Admission on Veteran's Day (November 11) to all Colorado State Parks for Veterans and Service Members: Active duty and Veterans are admitted free to Colorado state parks on Veteran's Day. The military member or Veteran must show proof of military service (photo ID, DD-214,) All other park fees (camping, etc.) are still charged.

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Free Admission to Colorado State Parks for Resident Disabled Veterans: Colorado residents with current Colorado Disabled Veteran license plates may access Colorado State Parks free without a pass on the windshield. The plates are obtained through the Division of Motor Vehicles. This covers admission only and does not provide special camping rates.
Who is eligible for Free Admission to Colorado State Parks for Resident Disabled Veterans ? The vehicle must display current Disabled Veteran license plates, and the disabled Veteran must be present in the vehicle.

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Colorado Columbine Annual Pass: Colorado resident disabled Veterans may apply for a Columbine Annual Pass which will allow disabled residents discounted year round access to Colorado State Parks. The fee is $14.00 per year, is transferable between vehicles and the disabled Veteran must be present in the vehicle.
Who is eligible for Colorado Columbine Annual Pass? Available to totally and permanently disabled Veterans. A photocopy of a letter from the Veterans Administration indicating a permanent and total disability is required.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Columbine Annual Pass Application
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Columbine Annual Pass Information Webpage

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Free Lifetime Colorado Small Game Hunting and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients: Free lifetime Colorado combination small-game hunting and fishing license are available to certain disabled Veterans.
Who is eligible for Free Lifetime Colorado Small Game Hunting and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients? Resident Veteran with a service-connected disability of 60% or more. Purple Heart recipients, who can provide documented proof, are also eligible for a VA Combo License. For more information and to apply, please see the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Accessibility webpage ​.

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