Mar 05 2012
**Updated 04/11/2013. For the full list of states click here
Joining Forces has set an ambitious goal to help military spouses.
In February Michelle Obama announced a goal to have legislation that supports license portability for military spouses passed in all 50 states by 2014.
Many states have already proposed legislation that would positively impact military spouses if signed into law. See where your state stands on this important issue.
- Colorado: House Bill 1059
Status: *** Update: Signed by the Governor 06/08/2012
Authorizes the spouses of those serving in the Armed Forces to practice a regulated profession, other than real estate, in Colorado for up to one year if they are licensed, registered, or certified to practice in another state.
- Delaware: House Bill 238
Status: ***Update: Signed by the Governor 05/28/2012
Simplifies the process for a military spouse applying for reinstatement of a professional license or permit within two years of the license or permit lapsing.
Would allow a military spouse to apply for a six-month temporary license or permit while the application for endorsement, or reciprocity, is processed. The spouse must hold an active license of good standing in another state or U.S. territory.
- Hawaii: House Bill 2257
Status: ***Update: Signed by the Governor 07/12/2012
Licensure by endorsement; experience requirements/temporary permits
- Indiana: House Bill 1116/Senate Bill 1116
Status: ***Update: Signed by the Governor 03/14/2012Requires a state educational institution to adopt a policy to award educational credit to an individual who is enrolled in a state educational institution and successfully completes courses that: (1) are part of the individual’s military service; (2) meet the standards of the American Council on Education for awarding academic credit; and (3) meet the state educational institution’s role, scope, and mission.
Provides that an occupational or professional licensure board shall issue a license, certificate, registration, or permit to a military service applicant, or military spouse, who meets certain requirements. Board may issue a temporary practice permit, or provisional license, while the military service applicant, or military spouse, is satisfying certain requirements as determined by the board.
- Kansas 2178
Status: ***Update: Signed by the Governor 03/01/2012
Non-resident military spouse shall be issued a license by endorsement when they hold an active out of state license.
- Nebraska: LB 892
Provides for licensure, certification, or registration by military training and experience and endorsement for military applicants and spouses.
- New York: AB 1332
Enacts the Military Spouse Act of 2011, which requires a workshop to investigate and report about licensing and the difficulties encountered by military spouses (Part A); authorizes the state to certify persons to teach who are not graduates of teacher education programs (Part B); adopts the interstate nursing licensure compact (Part C); and authorizes licensing of military spouses with out-of-state licenses in equivalent occupations (Part D).
- North Carolina: House Bill 799
Status: ***Update-Signed by the Governor 07/24/2012
An act to allow for licensure by endorsement for military personnel and military
- Ohio: Senate Bill 288
Provides military spouses with a non-renewable 6 month temporary license.
- Oklahoma: House Bill 2690; Senate BI ll 1863
Status: Updated: HB 2690 Failed; Senate Bill 1863 Signed by Governor 05/08/12
HB 2690-Professions and occupations; modifying various provisions regarding reciprocal licensure; requiring Board to issue license to certain applicants. Applies to: Occupational Therapist/Assistants, Physical Therapists, Pharmacists, and Dental Hygienists.
SB1863-Expedite the licensure of military spouse applicants. In order to qualify, the military member must be on active duty within the state or claim permanent residency in the state for six months prior to assignment to active duty or during the period of active duty. The applicant must be certified in another state to perform those professional services and have left employment in another state to accompany the spouse on active duty. A temporary permit may be issued if the person needs to complete additional requirements not required in the previous state. SB 1863 would also allow Oklahoma colleges, university and technology centers to provide academic credit to a military veteran, who was honorably discharged in the previous three years, for any applicable education, training and experience received through military duty that pertains to his or her area of study. The measure also instructs administrative bodies, state agency directors or officials with authority over professional licensure to accept qualifications received during military service and apply them toward licensure where applicable.
- South Carolina: House Bill 3710
Status: ***Update: Signed by the Governor 06/26/2012
Allows for temporary licenses for the spouse of an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces. All occupations except teaching.
- Virginia: 937,346,and 543
Status: ***Update: Bill 937 Signed 04/04/2012; Bill 346 signed 03/10/2012; Bill 543 signed 04/18/2012
Bill 937-Expedites the issuance of licenses for spouses of military service members. The bill provides for the issuance of a temporary permit under certain circumstances and limits to six months the duration of a temporary permit issued.
Bill 346-Amends provisions governing the practice of nurse practitioners.
Bill 543-Allows the Board of Nursing to issue a provisional license valid until July1, 2014, to any individual who meets the current requirements for certification as a massage therapist.
- Wyoming: 74 and 132
Status: ** Updated 3/11/2013Passed, signed 03/13/2013.
Bill 74-Allows for temporary licenses for the spouse of an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces. All occupations except for attorneys, physicians, and surgeons.
Bill 132-An Act relating to the chiropractic licensing. Provides for temporary licensure as specified.
MOAA works closely with the Department of Defense State Liaison office to find and promote solutions at the state level. Our Councils and Chapters have been successful advocates on the state level for military spouse license portability.
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Karen serves as a Deputy Director, Government Relations (Military Family Issues)