Veterans Fee Waiver and Federal Exam Reimbursement

​Last Updated: September 14, 2018

Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver Program

Wisconsin Act 209 (effective July 1, 2012) requires that the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) establish and maintain a program under which certain state agencies, including the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI), grant fee waivers to qualified veterans when issuing initial licenses.

Eligible veterans will receive one initial license fee waiver. A waiver may not be used for license renewals or for any OCI-issued license that is not applicable to the program. Waiver applicants will receive a voucher from WDVA to use to redeem one license fee waiver. The fee waiver applies only to the initial licensing fee. It does not apply to other costs associated with obtaining a license such as prelicensing education courses, licensing examinations, fingerprint/background checks, or license processing fees.

An eligible applicant must be a Wisconsin resident and a qualifying veteran. OCI does not make the eligibility determination to receive a voucher. For information on eligibility and applying for a voucher for the Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver Program please visit the WDVA fee waiver program or call 608-266-1311 or 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387). The site also contains a complete list of licenses issued by the state that are eligible for the Veterans Fee Waiver.

The following licenses and fees issued by OCI are eligible for the Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver Program:

  • Resident Insurance Agent License (Fee $10)
  • Life Settlement Individual Broker License (Fee $750)
  • Individual Employee Benefit Plan Administrator (Fee $100)
  • Insurance Surplus Lines License (Fee $100)
  • Reinsurance Intermediary Broker License (Fee $75)
  • Managing General Agent Individual License (Fee $75)

After receiving a voucher, individuals seeking a waiver for any one of these license types should apply online at www.nipr.com after any prelicensing education and/or testing requirements for the desired license have been completed.

Veterans Federal Exam Reimbursement Program

On December 15, 2017, Wisconsin exams were certified by the Federal Veterans Reimbursement program to allow eligible Veterans to receive full exam reimbursement with GI Bill© education funds.

The insurance exams eligible for the reimbursement include life, accident and health, property, casualty, personal lines property and casualty, title, credit, and navigator. Veterans testing for life, accident and health, property, casualty, and personal lines property and casualty who previously held a license in those areas are also eligible for reimbursement.

There is no limit to the number of insurance exams a Veteran may take or the number of times a Veteran takes the same exam.

Veterans should visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/licensing_certification.asp for guidelines and procedures regarding fee reimbursement. Questions about the program may be directed to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by calling 1-888-442-4551 or under "Contact Us" select, "Ask a Question" at www.GIBILL.va.gov.