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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 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 encourage implementation of changes to laws and regulatory policy. States can support military families by ensuring that information about licensure is easily accessible.


In a 2021 study by Penn State, the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness examined military spouse licensure portability. It was found that only about 35% of the boards had information on websites specific to military spouse licensure and credential portability.

State Policymakers

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