Military Spouse License Reciprocity Passes House

As of October 8, 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed and passed the new state license reciprocity legislation to ease the restrictions for veterans and spouses of Californian active-duty service members in their vocations or professions moving between interstate bases.

The bill, AB 107, would allow military spouses with professional licenses in one state interchange in the state where their spouse is serving on military orders. The legislation moves to the Senate and grants spouses whose out-of-state licensing is in good standing an “expedited, temporary authorization to practice while meeting state-specific requirements for at least one year” and will be active as of July 1, 2023.

The Process

The applicant needs to receive a temporary license. To receive it, they must pass a background check conducted by the Department of Justice to find out if the applicant has any criminal records and will furnish the criminal background information per specified requirements. These temporary licenses will last 12 months after issuance and can be terminated immediately if a reason is found. On July 1, 2023, they will terminate 12 months after then. It would also require a board to revoke the license then.

Those interested must meet certain requirements before being given temporary licensure from the Department of Consumer Affairs. Of course, they must prove that they are a military spouse with proof of their marriage and their profession; they must present and submit a written statement authenticated by the original licensing jurisdiction.  The military spouse must also have never had licensure denied, revoked, or suspended prior and have never been disciplined or reprimanded by another licensing entity in another jurisdiction or subject of complaint, review, or issue. Of course, the Department of Justice will be requested to do a background check. Finally, they must pass a law and ethics exam for the profession they seek licensure in.

Vocations and Professions

“Eliminating this cumbersome hurdle for spouses lessens the stress of relocating,” wrote Drs. Klemmedson and O’Loughlin, according to ADA news. “This peace of mind will better prepare our service members to protect the nation. Furthermore, simplifying the spouse’s process for securing professional employment presents the opportunity for better economic stability for our military families.” 

The expansion opens all licenses under the Department of Consumer Affairs. According to the Defense Visual Distribution Service, this encompasses accountancy, barbering/cosmetology, architecture, dental, engineers, medical, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physical assistant, psychology, veterinary, and real estate.