Additional Civil Service Credits

Changes to NYS Constitution extends Veteran credit eligibility for disabled Veterans.
Additional Civil Service Credits


An amendment to Article 5, Section 6 of the New York State Constitution allows veterans who have used their veteran status for a civil service appointment or promotion and have been subsequently certified as disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs to receive additional credits for future appointments or promotions.


This Constitutional amendment, effective since January 1, 2014, provides additional veteran credits to Veterans who:

  1. Used non-disabled Veterans credits to obtain a civil service appointment or promotion with New York State or a local government;
  2. Subsequent to such appointment are determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to be a qualified disabled Veteran, as defined in the New York State Civil Service Law.

Such a candidate shall be entitled to 10 additional credits on civil service examinations, minus the number of credits already used for the prior appointment.

Eligible lists established after January 1, 2014 will include the additional disabled Veteran credits in scores of candidates who meet the above two conditions and provide the necessary documentation to establish eligibility to the Department of Civil Service.



For more information, including how to apply, visit the Civil Service website.


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