Practical Exam Discounts and GI Bill Test Fees Reimbursement
Veterans, Military, and Law Enforcement Discount
All veterans, military, and law enforcement receive $50 off practical exams.
The discount is available regardless if the applicant is using their GI bill. Just present a valid form of ID showing veteran status (Texas DL, veteran's ID card, active duty ID, etc) or law enforcement status (badge, etc).
VA Testing Fees Reimbursement
If eligible for education benefits, you are also likely eligible for test fees reimbursement.
A new program with the VA now allows for testing fees to be reimbursed in addition to any other entitlement.
You will need to fill out VA Form 22-0803 (PDF): https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-22-0803-ARE.pdf
NOTE: This form is also available upon request when getting your practical exam. You will receive and invoice for the practical exam that you can send to the VA.
Mail it to the VA processing center nearest to you (https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/regional_processing.asp). It takes about 4 weeks to get reimbursed
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Tests covered and highest amount reimbursed (as of the WEAMS VA website in Februay 2022):
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Get paid back for test fees
The GI Bill covers more than just tuition. You can use part of your entitlement to cover the cost of certain tests you need to take to become a licensed or certified professional—or to apply for college or a training course. We only cover tests approved for the GI Bill under this benefit, so find out what’s approved before you take any tests.
If you’re a Veteran and you qualify for the GI Bill, you may be able to use part of your entitlement to cover test fees up to $2,000 for a job that requires a license or certification in order for you to work.
You can use our search tool to learn which tests are covered and their costs. In the field that says “L&C Name,” enter the name of the license or certification you’re interested in. For example, you can enter “barber” to learn which barber licenses and certifications are eligible for fee repayment.
NOTE: FAA Testing fees are covered for every practical exam test fee EXCEPT for private pilot. You can verify this using this link: https://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchCountryLCCriteria.do
Note: If you don’t see a test listed, it may be a valid test that’s just not yet approved. Please submit an application for reimbursement.
What you should know about test benefits
For tests taken after August 1, 2018, we’ll prorate the entitlement charges under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on the actual amount of the fee charged for the test.