North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has signed House Bill 799 into law, which recognizes certifications when applying for licensure, provided that their training meets state standards. Under the law, military spouses will receive licenses as long as they hold a license in a state with equal or more rigorous standards. Licensing boards will determine eligibility based on training, experience and competency, with applicants required to have been actively practicing their profession or occupation for two of the last five years.
North Carolina is the latest in a series of states to address this issue. An update on legislative activity on this issue is available.