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Military Spouse Occupational Licensure Access

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Key Message

Accessing applications and information is often a barrier for military spouses to utilizing state laws that are designed to ease license transfer. Many states have reduced this barrier by posting easily accessible website content specific to military spouses.

Summary

The Department of Defense is asking state policymakers to assess the actions of licensing boards to encourage implementation of changes to laws and regulatory policy. States can support military families by ensuring that information about licensure is easily accessible.

Statistic

In a study by the University of Minnesota in 2017 to review the outcome of state policy changes made from 2012-16, it was found that only about 40% of licensing boards had information on websites specific to military spouse licensure and credential portability.