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Military Spouse Occupational Licensure Access


Key Message

Accessing applications for military spouses is often a barrier to making use of the state laws that are designed to ease license transfer. States can reduce obstacles spouses experience when applying under state laws by posting easily accessible website content specific to military spouses.


The Defense Department is asking state policymakers to assess the actions of licensing boards to implement changes to laws and regulatory policy and make information about licensure easily accessible, particularly through websites.


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.

State Policymakers

If you are a state policymaker, request more information.