Facilitate military spouse transition through licensure portability and eligibility for unemployment compensation

Many occupations require a state license, often with state-specific conditions and processes, which can cause lengthy reemployment delays for military spouses moving between states. Because of these delays and the expense involved in re-licensure, many spouses decide not to practice in their professions. This is a difficult financial and career choice issue for military members and their spouses, potentially impacting their desire to stay in the military: more than two-thirds of married service members report their spouse’s inability to maintain a career impacts their decision to remain in the military by a large or moderate extent.

Best Practices

The following resources provide legislative best practice information on facilitating military spouse transition:

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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.