Idaho Law Ensures Professional Licenses Transfer for Military, Veterans, Spouses

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (Oct. 21, 2020) – The City of Mountain Home wants to make local service members, veterans, and family members aware of an Idaho law that can remove some of the uncertainty some licensed professionals may feel when they move to a new state. The 2019 law, called the Occupational Licensing Reform Act, mandates that all Idaho licensing authorities have procedures in place to issue “licensure by endorsement” to any service member, honorably discharged veteran, or the spouses or either, who possesses a current, valid professional license in another state.


“What this means is that any licensed professional associated with the military by having served honorably, or who is married to someone who has, can move here with confidence that their licenses will transfer without any requirement for additional education or retaking any exams,” said Marty Anderson, Mountain Home Military Liaison. “It covers all professions that require licensing – cosmetologists, electricians, teachers, medical and mental health professionals, you name it.”


Anderson said it is important to get the word out because it could affect such a large portion of Mountain Home’s population. According to a 2018 study, nearly a quarter of Mountain Home residents are veterans between the ages of 18 and 64.


“Mountain Home is well-known for its enthusiastic support for military service members, especially when it comes to its next-door neighbors at Mountain Home Air Force Base,” said Anderson. “Because of that, it is also a town that many veterans decide to call home after their service has come to an end. We want to make sure they know that Idaho as a whole is a military-friendly state that puts programs like this in place to actively support them.”


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