Military Spouse License Recognition Resources
July 10, 2019 – In October 2018, there were over 630,000 military spouses in the United States. Compared to civilians, military spouses are 10 times more likely to have moved to a new state lines in the last year due to military relocation. For those who work in licensed occupations it can be time-consuming and costly to obtain licensure in a new state.
These difficulties contribute to employment gaps and underemployment within military families, which can lead to additional stress and financial strain that could also impact military spouses’ health and well-being, as well as service members’ military readiness.
In recent years, most states have passed laws creating streamlined license recognition options for military spouses. The U.S. Department of Labor has created resources to help military spouses, organizations that support military spouses, and state agencies and licensing boards understand and take advantage of these laws.