Military Spouse Licensing - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the benefit to applying for a license as a Military Spouse?

Your license can be issued faster because education and/or examination requirements for the license may be waived.

2. Is there a fee for using the Military Spouse application?

No. However, there is a fee for the license application you must submit with the Military Spouse application.

3. What are the requirements to use the Military Spouse option?

  1. You must be the spouse of a person serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States; AND
  2. You must either;
    1. Hold a current and substantially equivalent license in another state; or
    2. Within the last five years, you held the license in Texas that expired while you lived in another state for at least six months.

4. How do I apply for a license using this option?

Submit the following:

  1. Completed Military Spouse application form,
  2. Completed license application and fee,
  3. A copy of your spouse’s most recent Permanent Change of Station (PCS) travel order to Texas, and
  4. Proof of current out-of-state license (if applicable).

5. I have a current license issued by another state. How will I know if that license is substantially equivalent to the Texas license?

If the license you seek is not listed below, the Department will determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis.

6. Can I submit this application online?


7. What if I have already submitted a license application and still need to complete my education and/or take an examination?

Send in everything except for the license application:

  1. The completed Military Spouse application (please note on your application that you have already submitted a license application)
  2. A copy of your spouse’s most recent Permanent Change of Station (PCS) travel order to Texas, and
  3. Proof of current out-of-state license, if applicable.

8. What if my spouse is part of the reserves or stand-down staff?

The law only applies to spouses of active duty personnel.

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