Active Duty Military Servicemember or Spouse License Recognition Application - Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
In accordance with provisions in the the Veterans Auto and Education Improvement Act of 2022 (VAEIA), active duty servicemembers or their spouses who hold and maintain an occupational license in good standing in another state can have their license recognized as valid at a similar scope of practice or discipline in Maryland. This provision to practice applies if you or your spouse have received orders to be stationed in Maryland and is valid for as long as that military placement remains in Maryland.
Please note the following definitions:
- “Servicemember” is defined as a member of the “uniformed services.”
- “Uniformed services” means:
- the armed forces - defined as “Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, and Coast Guard."
- the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service.
- “Occupational license” is defined as an individual license under one of the following boards, commissions, or programs:
- Commission of Real Estate Appraisers, Appraisal Management Companies, and Home Inspectors
- Board of Architects
- Athlete Agents Licensing Program
- Board of Barbers
- Office of Cemetery Oversight
- Board of Certified Interior Designers
- Board of Certified Public Accountants
- Board of Cosmetologists
- Board of Electricians
- Elevator Safety Review Board
- Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects
- Board of Foresters
- Board of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) Contractors
- Home Improvement Commission
- Board of Individual Tax Preparers
- Board of Professional Land Surveyors
- Locksmiths Licensing Program
- Oil and Gas Land Professionals Licensing Program
- Board of Plumbing
- Board of Professional Engineers
- Real Estate Commission
- Secondhand Precious Metal Objects Dealers and Pawnbrokers Licensing Program
- Board of Stationary Engineers
- “License in good standing” is defined as a license of a similar scope of practice that has been issued by a U.S. state or territorial licensing authority and held in accordance with the standards of local laws and regulations. This license must be maintained in good standing in its original jurisdiction for the duration of the military orders.
- “Spouse” is defined as “husband or wife, as the case may be”; verified by proof of an issued marriage license or certificate
- “Reside in state of Maryland” is defined as Maryland being the site of your primary residence as a result of military orders
Please be advised that this is NOT an application for permanent licensure or certiﬁcation in the State of Maryland. Rather, this is an application for an official letter of recognition that will allow you to practice while residing in Maryland without obtaining licensure, provided you meet all requirements. There is no fee associated with this application.
You may qualify for this license recognition if you meet the requirements outlined below:
- You or your spouse is an active duty military service member
- You reside in Maryland as defined above
- You hold an occupational license in good standing as defined above
- You have used your occupational license in the two years immediately preceding the order to relocate to Maryland
Before you submit the application below, we strongly recommend you review the Laws and Regulations on our website. As your license is recognized as valid to practice in Maryland, you will be subject to all standards of practice, ethics and continuing education requirements as outlined in the Maryland Annotated Code and the Code of Maryland Regulations. Please review these documents as early as possible to verify your understanding of your legal responsibilities as licensed professional operating in the state of Maryland.
If you seek a Maryland professional license or certiﬁcate that does not expire when your or your spouse’s Maryland military orders expire, DO NOT complete this application. Instead, complete the application for permanent licensure/certiﬁcation by examination or permanent licensure/certiﬁcation by endorsement/reciprocity, whichever is appropriate. There is a fee associated with those applications and they can be found on your board or program’s website.
Note: There may be other documents required to practice for speciﬁc licenses. If these documents are required, a representative from the board, commission, or program will contact you to submit them.
* Please save the application form to your computer before you begin filling it out to make sure that your changes are saved as you complete it.