In 2018, Alabama passed the Military Family Jobs Opportunity Act, requiring most occupational licensure boards* to provide temporary or permanent licenses to military spouses transferring to the State of Alabama. It also requires the boards to waive any initial licensing fees.
Alabama is a member state of the Enhanced Nursing and Emergency Medical Services Licensure Compacts and works in partnership with the Military Spouse JD Network.
In 2021, Alabama passed three additional bills, further increasing career portability for military spouses moving to Alabama: the Physical Therapy Compact, the Psychology Compact, and the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Compact. All three additional compacts became effective on June 1, 2021.
During the 2022 Legislative Session, Alabama unanimously joined two additional licensure compacts – the Counseling Compact and the Occupational Therapy Compact. Additionally, the Military Family Jobs Opportunity Act was expanded to extend deadlines for various occupational licensure boards, allowing military spouses licensed in other states to practice their trade while stationed in Alabama. All three additional compacts became effective on June 1, 2022.
Learn more about Alabama’s Legislative efforts to improve military spouse career portability, here: Alabama Supports Military Connected Residents.
Read the Legislative Acts related to Alabama’s effort to increase military spouse licensure portability, here: Alabama Secretary of State – Legislative Acts.
Click the logos below to learn more about the above compacts and the AL State Bar military spouse exemption. Find POC information for all Alabama licensure boards listed below with links to each board’s website.