Removing licensure impediments for transitioning military spouses

States can modify licensing requirements and processes, which may delay military spouse employment following a military move.

Sixty-eight percent of married service members report their spouse's ability to maintain a career impact their decision to remain in the military by a large or moderate extent.1

Seventy-seven percent of military spouses report they want or need to work.2

The annual percent of the military spouse population that moves across state lines is 14.5 percent - compared to 1.1 percent for civilian spouses.3

As much as 34 percent of military spouses in the labor force are required to be fully licensed. Nineteen percent of employed spouses experience challenges maintaining their licenses.4

Best Practices

For legislative best practices on removing licensure impediments, view Removing Licensure Impediments for Military Spouses Best Practices (PDF).

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Desired Outcomes

This issue is comprised of three elements:

Obtainable endorsement
Modify license by endorsement to allow options that accommodate gaps in employment for military spouses with active licenses from another state.

Temporary license
Provide temporary licenses to allow a military spouse with a current license to secure employment while completing state requirements or while awaiting verification for an endorsement.

Expedited license
Expedite procedures for regulatory department or board approval to provide opportunity for spouses to obtain an endorsed or temporary license.