Code of Alabama § 31-1-6 - Professional Licenses and Certificates for Spouses of Active Duty Military Personnel

Section 31-1-6

Professional licenses and certificates for spouses of active duty military personnel.

(a) Except as provided in subsection (e), and notwithstanding other provisions of law, this section shall apply to any board, agency, commission, or other entity providing professional licenses or certificates, or both, for the purpose of employment in the State of Alabama. Each board, commission, or agency providing professional licenses or certificates, or both, may promulgate rules in conformity with this section for the purpose of implementing its requirements.

(b) Except as provided in subsection (e), and notwithstanding other provisions of law, this section shall apply to individuals who:

(1) Are married to and living with an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces who is relocated to and stationed in the State of Alabama under official military orders.

(2) Have not committed or participated in an act that would constitute grounds for refusal, suspension, or revocation of a professional license or certificate.

(3) Have not been disciplined by an authorized entity or are under investigation, in any jurisdiction, in relation to a professional license or certificate.

(4) Pay any required fee and submit to any required criminal or other background check by an authorized board, commission, or agency in the State of Alabama.

(c) Any eligible individual under subsection (b) who possesses a valid license or certificate in another state, district, or territory of the United States with licensing or certification requirements greater than or substantially similar to the licensing or certification requirements of the appropriate board, commission, or agency in the State of Alabama may be approved to continue work in his or her profession upon relocation to the State of Alabama for such time as normally allotted with receipt of a license or certificate from the appropriate board, commission, or agency; provided, that upon completion of an application that documents compliance with the receiving agency's requirements for a certificate or license, an authorized board, commission, or agency shall expedite the application according to statute, promulgated rules, or if applicable, at the next scheduled licensure proceeding for an eligible individual under subsection (b).

(d) Any board, commission, or agency in the State of Alabama may establish reciprocity with other states for military spouse professional licensing and certification.

(e) This section does not apply to the practice of law or the regulation of attorneys.

(Act 2012-521, p. 1546, §§1-5.)

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Last modified: November 15, 2016