Spouses Reimbursed For Licensing & Certification Fees

military spouses reimbursed for licensing fees

Earlier this month, both the Army and the Air Force, started reimbursing military spouses for licensing and certifications fee. The Marine Corps just joined them, with the Navy hopefully doing the same sometime soon.

Marine Corps Spouses Will Now Be Reimbursed For Licensing and Certification Fees

Marine Corps spouses will now be able to apply for a reimbursement for up to $500 for the cost of licensing and certification in a new state after a PCS. This will make it much easier for military spouses when they do need to move to a new state because they are married to a service member.

This will apply to spouses of active duty as well as active reserve marines. The reimbursement is also retroactive back to December 12th, 2017. That means that spouses can be reimbursed for those fees from all the way back to that date.

These programs are apart of a pilot program that is authorized through December 22, 2022 with the passing of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

Licensing and Certification Can Be A Burden in Certain Fields

Licensing and certification fees can be a burden on military spouses and military families. Spouses who work as teachers, nurses, accountants, dental hygienists, and in many other fields have to make sure they have a current state licence before they can work in their new area.

Local and state-level requirements as well as costs can be very different depending where you live. A spouse could work four years in one state, move to another and find a frustrating road in order to get licenced to be able to work in the new one. At least with this program, some or all of the financial burden can be lifted during this process.

In some cases, a spouse might have to move often then every few years. This program applies to every move, not just the first one which will allow for those who move more often than others to still benefit from this program.

How Do You Get the Reimbursement for This Program?

In order to get your reimbursement, your marine will need to request the reimbursement through their local Personnel Administration Office or Center. They will need a copy of their PCS orders, a copy of your old license or certification, a copy of your new certification or licensure, and a receipt showing your paid fees. You can also contact your Family Member Employment Assistance Program office and the Department of Labor’s Portal for more information about this exciting change for marine military spouses.

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