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Licensing Compacts


Key Message

Occupational licensure compacts provide consistent rules that allow licensed members to work in other states through \"privilege to practice\" policies or to more easily transfer their license to a new state. The military provisions added to these compacts assist service members and their spouses in participating in these occupational compacts.


States can support mobile service members and their spouses by establishing licensure compacts, which allow people licensed in an occupation in one state to practice in other states.


Interstate licensure compacts allow people who are licensed for an occupation in one state to work in other participating states without having to apply for a license there. This benefits service members and their spouses who relocate frequently. Compacts already exist for jobs such as physical therapy and nursing, and the Department of Defense is working with states to establish others.

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