California Lawmakers Pass Military Spouse License Reciprocity Bill

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 practice 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.

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 lengthy and costly state-to-state processes.

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

“California is currently the state with the largest population of active duty members,” said Sandy Person, executive director of the Travis Community Consortium (AFB). “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 had a license 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 for background check

* Must pass a California law and ethics exam, as required by the board of directors of the profession for which to apply for licensure

“It was a good day for the Travis team,” said Simmons. “The military demands a lot from our spouses every day,” said Corey Simmons, 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB, Calif. “This bill not only improves the resilience of Airmen and family, but also strengthens our ability to retain talented aviators. “

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