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Operator Certification Program

Fee Waivers

Revised On: Nov. 2, 2023 - 9:00 a.m.

If you are applying for your Operator Certification for the first time in Arizona (includes a new certificate, reciprocity application review, and early exam application reviews), you may be eligible to have the certification fees waived. Note, this waiver does not cover your examination fee.


You may be eligible for the fee waiver, if you:

  • Are veteran of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard who was honorably discharged within the last two years,
  • Are the spouse of a current member of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard who has served on active duty, or
  • Have a family1 income that does not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines | Look Up Guidelines on the ASPE Website >


On the application, you will need to provide:

  • A copy of your DD Form 214 or NGB-22, as issued by the United States Department of Defense; OR
  • A copy of your spouse's military orders, as issued by the United States Department of Defense and a copy of a valid marriage license or certificate verifying that you are lawfully married to the military service member; OR
  • Your combined family1 adjusted gross income2 and the number of family members in your household.

Once you have completed and submitted your information, ADEQ will review your fee waiver application.

NOTE: Please do not proceed with the Operator Certification application until you receive an email from ADEQ with next steps. The HB2741 application must be submitted and approved prior to the submission of an Operator Certification application through the Operator Certification Online Portal.

Fee Waiver Application | View > 

1Family: A family consists of two or more people related by birth, marriage, or adoption residing in the same housing unit; all such related persons are considered as members of one family. For instance, if an older married couple, their daughter and her husband and two children, and the older couple's nephew all lived in the same house or apartment; they would all be considered members of a single family.  College students, regardless of their residence, who are supported by their parents or others related by birth, marriage, or adoption are considered to be residing with those who support them.

2Adjusted Gross Income: Your total (or “gross”) income for the tax year, minus certain adjustments you’re allowed to take. Adjustments include deductions for conventional IRA contributions, student loan interest, and more. Adjusted gross income appears on IRS Form 1040, line 11.