How to Qualify for Veteran’s Preference

The following information is per the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Veteran’s Preference page. The Additional Documentation column reflects documents in addition to the DD214 form.

What are the Requirements to Qualify?

  • A DD214 Form or equivalent certification (VP-1, VP-2, VP-3, and official form from commanding officer) from the DVA, with the veteran’s military status, dates of service and discharge type must be included in the application packet. An example of an acceptable DD214 form.
  • The Character of Service field must list HONORABLE for the most recent separation from the military.
  • Current reserve members and National Guard members must provide a letter from their Commanding Officer stating the dates of their military service to establish that they are currently active. Additional information concerning veteran’s preference is available at the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs webpage.
  • Service Member of any active component of the United States Armed Forces who is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date that a Statement of Service certification or letter is prepared by the armed forces.