Easing military member and spouse practice mobility

Date: November 5, 2021

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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed language that would provide relief for licensed military members and spouses. The provisions are part of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act. If passed by the Senate, it will provide license reciprocity to military members and spouses who move because of a change of duty station.

Military families are disproportionately affected by the need to obtain a new license when moving to a new state. This highly mobile group is more likely than other groups to belong to a licensed profession. The act would reduce the financial burden on military members and spouses and speed their ability to join the workforce in the new location.

To take advantage of the new provision, if enacted, the licensee would need to:

  • Hold a license in good standing with a similar scope of practice
  • Demonstrate that the move was caused by military orders
  • Abide the rules of the new jurisdiction’s licensing authority

Read more about how state lawmakers have worked to help military families with practice mobility in Mobility for military spouses: A step in the right direction.

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