In Arkansas, SB 564 effective 7/24/19. SB 564 requires the state’s licensing boards to do one of two things: either grant “automatic licensure” to military spouses who hold, in good standing, substantially equivalent occupational licenses from other U.S. jurisdictions, or write rules which provide for the least restrictive expedited process possible that conveys licenses to such military spouses.
In Pennsylvania, HB 1172 effective 7/31/19. HB 1172 requires state agencies to issue licenses to all qualified applicants from other states, including but not limited to military spouses.
In North Dakota, SB 2306 effective 8/1/19. SB 2306 requires some of the state’s licensing boards to issue temporary licenses of up to 2 years duration to qualified military spouses – namely, military spouses who hold a license in good standing in another jurisdiction which entailed education and training requirements comparable to North Dakota’s. Those boards are also permitted to grant full licenses to practitioners who can demonstrate competence in the profession (which requires, among other things, experience in the profession for at least two of the four years preceding the date of the license application), so long as the issuance of that license will not substantially increase the risk of harm to the public. Also, qualified military spouses who apply for teaching licenses shall receive them.
In Arizona, HB 2569 effective 8/28/19. HB 2569 requires state agencies to issue licenses to all qualified applicants from other states, including but not limited to military spouses.
In Texas, SB 1200 effective 9/1/19. SB 1200 allows military spouses with licenses from other jurisdictions to practice their occupation for up to three years without obtaining a Texas license so long as the spouse is licensed in good standing by another jurisdiction with substantially equivalent requirements.
In Oklahoma, SB 670 effective 11/1/19. SB 670 creates expedited temporary, reciprocal, or comity licensing for military spouses with equivalent education, training, and experience; it also requires licensing by recognition within 30 days of application for military spouses with reasonably equivalent training.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to apply the noncompetitive hiring authority to military spouses.
In 2018, the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a report on the employment challenges facing military spouses. Read the full report here.
In many circumstances, military spouses who move from one state to another because of change-of-station orders are eligible for reimbursement of licensing costs up to $500.
America’s military spouses sacrifice greatly in service to our nation, and the Department of Labor wants to support these families and expand their opportunities for a brighter future.