Senate Bill 1200, effective on 9/1/2019, allows a military spouse to obtain authorization to engage in an occupation or business without obtaining the required license, for not more than three years, if the spouse is currently licensed by another jurisdiction with substantially equivalent license requirements.
Current Board rule and Statute include the following definitions:
Military service member - A person who is currently serving as a full-time military service member in the armed forces of the United States; or a person who is currently serving as a member of the Texas military forces or similar military service of another state performing state active duty service, federally funded state active duty service, or federal active duty service (but not including service performed exclusively for training, such as basic combat training, advanced individual training, annual training, inactive duty training, or special training periodically made available to service members).
Military spouse - A person who is married to a military service member who is currently on active duty (as defined above).
Active duty - current full-time military service in the armed forces of the United States or active duty military service as a member of the Texas military forces (includes state active duty, federally funded state active duty, or federal active duty, but not service performed exclusively for training, such as basic combat training, advanced individual training, annual training, inactive duty training, and special training periodically made available to service members), or similar military service of another state.
To apply for the Military Spouse Exemption, please complete the Exemption from Licensure for Military Spouses Attestation and submit it along with the requested additional documentation:
- Current copy of Curriculum Vitae;
- Proof of residency in Texas;
- A copy of the military dependent identification card;
- Proof of the military member’s status as an active duty military service member;
- A copy of the military member’s current orders assigning the military member to a military installation in Texas; and
- A copy of the NPDB/HIPDB self-query results report
The completed attestation and all supporting documentation should be sent as one packet directly to the Texas Medical Board office via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 512-463-9416.
Upon receipt of your request with the required documentation, the Licensure Department will evaluate the documentation and provide written confirmation of approval or an explanation as to why the exemption request is being denied. Once approved, you will be mailed a copy of your authorization to practice.
Please allow at least 14 business days for initial processing of all military spouse exemption requests. We can only make your determination for qualification of the military spouse exemption after all required information is received.
For a listing of those exemption requests already approved, please see Military Spouse Authorization.