Eligible veterans, disabled veterans and spouses of disabled veterans must furnish the following documentation in order to receive veteran’s preference:

  • Proof of Florida residence
  • DD-214 (Member Form-4 copy) or military discharge papers, or equivalent certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs listing military status, dates of service and character of discharge.
  • Disability letter, if applicable
  • Completed Veterans Preference Certification Form (FDVA form VP-1)

If you are eligible for preference as an unremarried widow or widower of a deceased veteran, the following documents are required:

  • Proof of Florida residence
  • DD-214 (Member Form-4 copy) or military discharge papers, or equivalent certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs listing military status, dates of service and character of discharge.
  • Completed Veterans Preference Certification Form (FDVA form VP-1)
  • Completed Certification of Unremarried Widow or Widower Form (FDVA form VP-3)
  • Document from the Department of Defense or the DVA certifying the service-connected death
  • Provide evidence of marriage such as a marriage certificate

If you are eligible for preference as a current member of the reserve component of the United States Armed Forces or the Florida National Guard, the following documents are required:

  • Proof of Florida residence
  • DD-214 (Member Form-4 copy) or military discharge papers, or equivalent certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs listing military status, dates of service and character of discharge.
  • Completed Veterans Preference Certification Form (FDVA form VP-1)
  • Completed Certification of Current Member of Reserve Component of the United States Armed Forces or the Florida National Guard Form (FDVA form VP-2)

 
If a candidate believes he or she was not afforded veteran’s preference, he or she may file a written complaint, within 60 calendar days upon receipt of notification of the hiring decision, requesting an investigation to:

Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
Division of Benefits and Assistance
9500 Bay Pines Blvd., Room 214
St. Petersburg, FL  33708

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