We Asked. You Answered!
Thanks to input from National Military Family Association members and Facebook fans, our Association helped convince seven states to expand professional license opportunities for military spouses. In partnership with the Department of Defense State Liaison Office (DSLO), our Association provided testimony and anecdotal stories from military spouses to enact state legislation. We testified twice before the Texas House Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures and edited a draft of the legislation in Arizona before it was presented to the committee.
DSLO and our Association promoted two strategies for mitigating the licensing challenges. The first -- and favorite -- is for states to permit licenses by endorsement of the last state license. The second option allows a temporary license to expedite the spouse’s employment options. States that have enacted laws for endorsement of licenses -- or those waiting for a governor’s signature -- are Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, New York and Texas. States that allow temporary licenses are Alaska, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee. Utah allows nonresident military spouses to use out-of-state licenses, and Virginia allows military spouses who leave the state to re-use the license upon their return.
To expand professional military spouse licensure by endorsement or temporary licensure, we encourage you to share your experiences with us on our Facebook page or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include:
•Your career field
•Length of time to obtain a professional license in a new state
•If you were unable to obtain a new license, why and in which state
•The cost to obtain a license in the new state
•The cost to maintain a license in a previous state
With your continued input, we will be able to expand state licensure to more states.
For more information, read the DoD press release.
Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.
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