Relocated Spouse Licensure - Easing the Path to Work
The Division of Professions & Occupations (DPO) strives to support the mobility and transportability of military spouses’ professional licenses.
Current Program for Practicing in Colorado - Effective until December 31, 2020
Under current state law, a military spouse who must relocate to Colorado due to military orders, and who holds an active license in good standing from another state, may practice in most professions regulated by DPO for up to one year without a Colorado license. The one year time frame begins on the day the military spouse takes residency in Colorado. During the one year exemption period, military spouses are subject to the jurisdiction and disciplinary authority of either the DPO Director or the appropriate regulating Board or Commission. Military spouses must obtain a Colorado license before the end of their first year of residency in Colorado. Applications are found on each profession’s webpage.
All of the professions regulated by DPO are eligible for this one-year license exemption, except the following: Professional Engineers and Interns, Professional Land Surveyors and Interns, Architects, Optometrists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Anesthesia Assistants.
New Program Begins January 1, 2021
Under a new law effective January 1, 2021, military spouses may obtain three-year temporary credentials for any profession or occupation under the purview of DPO, if they hold a credential in good standing from another US state or territory and meet certain other requirements. This new program is provided at no cost to the military spouse and is part of Colorado House Bill 20-1326 Create Occupational Credential Portability Program (HB20-1326), which Governor Polis signed on June 25, 2020.
DPO is currently working to implement HB20-1326. DPO began the implementation process by holding a stakeholder meeting on July 24, 2020 (listen to/watch a recording of this meeting). As implementation continues, additional updates related to this new program for military spouses will be provided on this page. You also may view a list of frequently asked questions and answers related to HB20-1326 here.
Should you have any questions or feedback for DPO regarding implementation of HB20-1326, please contact Laura Bravo at email@example.com.
Additional Programs for Military Spouses
Federal reimbursement for licensure costs: Each military service branch may reimburse spouses - depending on eligibility requirements - up to $500 for certain licensure costs resulting from relocations that cross U.S. state lines. For more information, please review the reimbursement requirements for each service branch on the Military One Source's website. Important note: This reimbursement program is through the federal government, not the State of Colorado or the Department of Regulatory Agencies.
Insurance producer credential examination locations: Military spouses may be able to take insurance producer credential examinations at an approved military facility in the U.S. or overseas. These approved testing locations allow convenient access for military spouses to meet their necessary licensing requirement to start their career as an insurance producer.