The Maryland Real Estate Commission, along with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s (DLLR) other occupational and professional licensing boards, have finished designing a new, streamlined licensing process for Maryland’s military personnel, veterans and their spouses. In the 2013 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, Maryland joined a number of other states in supporting the initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to help military families transition from military service to the civilian workforce. The Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley on April 17, 2013, with the First Lady present. Others present for the signing were Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., House Speaker Michael E. Busch, and Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown.
The Act, which went into effect on July 1, 2013, is part of the Governor’s effort to achieve full employment for Maryland veterans by the end of 2015. It removes a lot of the paperwork, costs, and waiting that veterans and their spouses often endure when they are seeking employment due to frequent out-of-state moves or discharge after deployment. The First Lady lauded Maryland’s law before the General Assembly. She said, “…your bill here in Maryland is one of the best bills that we have seen in this entire country. You are tackling three big issues at once. You’re helping our veterans obtain professional credentials. You’re helping them earn college credit. And you’re making it easier for military spouses to continue their careers as they transfer to your state.”
The new law affects many of the State’s industries that require licensing, as well as public educational systems that are part of the path to licensure. Veterans will be assured credit for their relevant military training, education and experience when accumulating academic credit and fulfilling licensure requirements. Service members, veterans and their spouses who are licensed in another state will see expedited licensing procedures, including the issuance of temporary licenses, if they relocate to Maryland and meet our requirements for reciprocity.
The full text of the Act can be found here. On the DLLR website, the occupational and professional boards have published the process for obtaining licensure under the guidelines of the Act, as well as the materials needed for expedited applications. As of July 1, active duty and recently-discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces, reserve components of the Armed Forces, or a state national guard can now expect a faster, easier process to obtain licensure in Maryland. To read more about the process, please click here.