Rick Scott suspends license fees for Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria


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Over the next month, thousands of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria will be offered assistance from the state as they seek jobs to help rebuild their lives.

Gov. Rick Scott ordered the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to waive all fees for Puerto Rican residents who have relocated to Florida and are applying for occupational licenses.

The Emergency Order applies to over 50 professional licenses, including barbers and realtors. The suspension is set to last for the next 30 days, according to the official document.

"As families from Puerto Rico relocate to Florida following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, it is crucial that we continue to do all we can to make it easier for these individuals to rebuild their lives and provide for their families," said Scott.

A General Occupational License typically costs $15 and is valid for three years. License applicants must also pay $36 for for a fingerprint card fee upon registering, which must be renewed every three years thereafter.

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