Licensure Reciprocity for Active Duty, Veterans, and Spouses
Two laws apply to the occupational licensure of current and former military members and their spouses, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and the Arkansas Occupational Licensing of Uniformed Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses Act of 2021. For active duty and their spouses, the federal law is controlling but because it does not extend to veterans and their spouses, the state law controls requirements for those individuals.
On January 5, 2023, the SCRA was amended to provide a way for those who have a PCS to move to carry their license with them to their new duty station. This reduces the burdens associated with interstate military moves and allows military spouses to obtain meaningful employment more quickly.
The act is intended to help uniformed service member, veterans, and their spouses by removing barriers that impede the launch and sustainability of civilian occupational careers and employment faced by uniformed service members, uniformed service veterans, and their spouses. Under the Act “Uniformed Service Members” include those also covered under the SCRA. “Uniformed Service Veterans” are defined as former members of the United States uniformed services discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.