(1) The board recognizes that the nation relies on members of the National Guard and the reserve branches of the armed forces for the nation's security, and that the members of the National Guard and reserve forces are subject to call to active duty on short notice. In consideration of that service to the nation, the board finds that it is appropriate to defer the licensing renewal obligations of such individuals called to active duty status, provided that the individual is not required by the armed forces to maintain current professional or occupational licensing as a condition of serving in the armed forces.
(2) An activated reservist, as defined in 37-1-138 , MCA, upon submission of appropriate evidence, is entitled to the following privileges:
(a) The activated reservist is not required to timely pay a renewal fee for license renewal that comes due while the person is in active duty status. The renewal fee is payable within six months following the activated reservist's discharge from active duty status. Unless otherwise relieved from the renewal application requirements, the activated reservist must timely apply for license renewal.
(b) If the activated reservist provides proof to the board of the reservist's active duty status before the reservist's license expires, the reservist is relieved from having to timely submit a renewal application and any related documents or information during the period while the reservist is on active duty status. The reservist has six months following discharge from active duty status to submit to the board such renewal applications and any related documents or information that came due during the period of the reservist's active duty status.
(3) In order to gain the benefits of this rule, the activated reservist must provide the board with proof of active duty status, including the date upon which the reservist was called to active duty status. The board may require the activated reservist to periodically provide information to the board regarding the reservist's active duty status or the date of the reservist's discharge from active duty status.
(4) A license that has not lapsed continues in the same status as existed the day before the reservist was called to active duty status, and remains in that status until the reservist renews the license or six months have elapsed from the reservist's discharge from active duty status, whichever comes first.