State License Portability

Military spouses tell us they want a portable career. Some professions have state licensing requirements which restrict career portability for military spouses. Since 2011, our Association has worked in partnership with the Department of Defense State Liaison Office to reduce state professional licensing barriers. Thanks to our efforts 40 states now provide license portability by either endorsement, issuing a temporary license, or conducting an expedited review process to a military spouse.

Military spouses, who require a license to work, are encouraged to contact their state licensing board early to inquire about the process to become licensed. For example, in some states attorneys or teachers may be excluded. Other states provide an endorsement only for military spouses in the health care profession.

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