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Enhanced Military Spouse License Portability

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Summary

States can continue to improve licensing to eliminate barriers, which impede military spouses from becoming employed following a military move.

Key Message

State-specific laws are important to reducing the burden associated with the occupational relicensing of military spouses.

Statistic

The annual percent of the military spouse population that moves across state lines is 14.5% — compared to 1.1% for civilian spouses. As much as 34% of military spouses in the labor force are required to be fully licensed; and of those spouses, 19% experience challenges maintaining their licenses.