In October 2018, there were over 630,000 military spouses in the United States.  Compared to civilians, military spouses are 10 times more likely to have moved to a new state in the last year.  For those who work in licensed occupations it can be time-consuming and costly to obtain licensure in a new state. In recent years, most states have passed laws creating streamlined license recognition options for military spouses.


The U.S. Department of Labor has created resources to help military spouses, American Job Centers, and state licensing agencies understand and take advantage of these laws. Check out the resources below to learn how your organization can support military spouses in licensed occupations.

Military Spouse Interstate License Recognition Options WebsiteVisit the U.S. Department of Labor website to find out each state’s license recognition options for military spouses and explore additional resources available to support military spouses in licensed occupations.


Military Spouse License Recognition Resource GuideA Resource Guide that highlights a four-step process spouses can follow to navigate the license recognition process. Spouses should 1) Learn about specific laws and resources in their state 2) Explore occupation-specific guidance 3) Find their licensing board and 4) Contact their licensing board.


Webinar: Supporting Military Spouses in Licensed OccupationsParticipants heard from states about the promising practices they have implemented to make the occupational license recognition process easy to navigate for military spouses.


Military Spouse License Recognition FAQs for Career CounselorsThese FAQs can be used by career services staff and American Job Center partners when working with a military spouse seeking license recognition. Information is included for the top ten states with the highest concentration of military spouses. Each state entry includes the applicable license recognition laws, links for state-specific information, relevant interstate licensing agreements, and information about accommodations for military spouse attorneys.


Women’s Bureau Military Spouses Meeting in a BoxThe Meeting in a Box is a communication resource developed by the Women’s Bureau that includes a presentation slide deck with notes, a fact sheet, and talking points that can be used when presenting about military spouse employment.


Webinar: Military Spouses, A Priority Customer: What Your AJC Can DoParticipants heard from fellow AJC representatives and military spouses about how to improve and promote their service offerings for military spouses in licensed occupations.