This site provides resources and tools to help military spouses, and those who support them, to understand and address the unique challenges they encounter to meaningful and timely employment.Supporting military spouses is an important part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s mission to expand opportunities for all American workers. Military spouses face many of the same challenges as the rest of America’s workforce compounded by frequent moves.

Military Spouse Interstate License Recognition Occupational license recognition for military spouses who work in licensed occupations face employment delays as they seek recognition of their license in their new state. To help reduce these delays, most states have passed laws that require or encourage licensing boards to provide license recognition options specifically for spouses. The map shows each state’s license recognition options for military spouses. Use the license finder tool to find out where to apply for an occupational license in a new state.

Barriers to Work: Veterans and Military Spouses  This publication focuses on the unique challenges and barriers specific to veterans and military spouses when they wish to enter a license occupation and practice a licensed occupation across state lines.

Resources to Support Licensing and Credentialing offers resources to assist spouses in licensed occupations that need to have their license recognized in a new state.

Military Spouse Employment Resources

The following resources address a range of employment challenges and links to organizations that provide support to military spouses and families.

Complete Guide to Military Spouse Employment

Military Spouses Webcast 

Veteran Spouses Business Development

Military Spouse Resource Center

American Job Center Toolkit

Military Transition

Veterans & Spouses Job Finder Link

Military Spouse Job Assistance & Education Resources

Education and Employment for Military Spouses