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Military Spouse Occupational Licensure Access



State policymakers are encouraged to evaluate the progress of occupational licensing boards in making changes to licensing requirements that will make it easier for military spouses and veterans to transfer their licenses between states.

Key Message

States have passed laws to enable military spouses to transfer their license more easily. But many licensing boards have not made these revised practices readily available.


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.