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. DOL website to find out each state’s license recognition options for military spouses and explore additional resources available for military spouses.


Military Spouse License Recognition Resource GuideA Resource Guide that highlights a four-step process spouses can follow to navigate the license recognition process.


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 spouses.


Military Spouse License Recognition FAQs for Career CounselorsFAQs that can be used by career services staff and AJC partners when working with a military spouse seeking license recognition. Information is included for the top 10 states with the highest concentration of military spouses.


Staff Training PowerPoint and Facilitator's GuideUse the PowerPoint presentation and accompanying Facilitator's Guide with talking points for each slide to train military spouse career coaches, facilitators, and other service providers so that they can effectively coach military spouses in licensed occupations.


Women’s Bureau Military Spouses Meeting in a BoxThe Meeting in a Box is a communication resource 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.


Promising Practices Guide for Policymakers and Licensing AdministratorsA guide that highlights ways that licensing boards can ensure that military spouses can easily find, understand, and take advantage of licensing options when they relocate.


State Profiles: Colorado, Florida, and TexasThree state profiles that demonstrate how states have implemented the promising practices and provide concrete examples of their materials and approach.


Webcast: 3 Quick Tips for Licensing BoardsA two-minute webcast that presents 3 ways states can support military spouses in licensed occupations through implementation of promising practices.