California law allows license reciprocity for military spouses

OCTOBER 19, 2021 – New state license reciprocity legislation was signed and passed by California Governor Gavin Newsom on October 8, 2021, easing restrictions on veterans and spouses of California active duty members to actively exercise certain professions or vocations.

The bill, AB 107, comes into force on July 1, 2023 and grants spouses whose out-of-state license is in good standing an “expedited and temporary authorization to practice while meeting specific state requirements during a period of at least one year. . “

The expansion includes all licenses under the Department of Consumer Affairs. This includes, but is not limited to, the boards of directors of: accounting, architecture, barber / cosmetology, dental, engineers, medical, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, physical assistant, psychology, veterinarian and real estate.

“We could not have done this without the support of our community partners,” said Col. Corey Simmons, commander of 60 Air Mobility Wing. “Our community is truly unmatched here – they always go above and beyond to defend our Airmen and our families.”

The passage of the bill is the result of the concerted efforts of several state, civic and military leaders. Senator Bill Dodd, California State Senator and sponsor of the bill, represents the 3rd Senate District, which is home to Travis Air Force Base. Advocacy by Dodd along with key members of the Travis Community Consortium and the California Defense Communities Alliance sought to amplify the needs of military spouses and the impact of limited license portability within the state.

“AB 107 was vital California adoption law,” said executive director of the Sandy Person Travis Community Consortium. “Supporting license portability for our military spouses was a win-win solution for our entire workforce and for the economies of the state and the military. “

For military families, who constantly move to bases across state lines, spousal license reciprocity often poses a challenge. Spouses of military personnel seeking to further their professional careers often face state-specific professional licensing requirements. In order to achieve recertification or qualification, they may face costly and lengthy state-to-state processes.

California is home to more than 62,000 active-duty military spouses, the highest in the United States. Of these, an estimated 24% of military spouses looking for work cannot get work, 42% of those who work are paid below their education and work experience. levels, and 34 percent of military spouses work in a field requiring a professional license.

“California is currently the state with the largest population of active duty members,” Persons said. “We, the TCC, are delighted that California’s signature legislation now provides timely professional license portability to our highly skilled and phenomenal military spouses!” We are grateful to all of our communities, mayors and advocacy organizations for expressing their staunch support. “

Interested applicants will need to meet the requirements below to obtain temporary authorization from the Department of Consumer Affairs:

  • Applicant must provide proof that they are a military spouse
  • Hold a valid permit for their profession
  • Submit an affidavit conferring the above, validated by the jurisdiction of origin
  • Never has a license been refused, revoked or suspended
  • Has never been sanctioned by a licensing entity in another jurisdiction or is the subject of an unresolved complaint, review or issue
  • Submit to a background check
  • Must pass a California law and ethics exam, as required by the board of directors of the profession for which the license to practice application is sought

“It was a good day for the Travis team,” said Simmons. “The military demands a lot from our spouses every day. This bill not only improves the resilience of Airmen and families, but also strengthens our ability to retain talented Airmen. “

To read the entire bill, visit

To learn more about eligible boards under the Department of Consumer Affairs, visit

Story by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad
60 Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

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