Interstate Compacts to Support License Portability

Key message

Occupational licensure compacts provide consistent rules that allow licensed members to work in other states through “privilege to practice policies” or to more easily transfer their license to a new state. The military provisions added to these compacts assist service members and their spouses in participating in these occupational compacts.

Discussion points

Professional associations and related licensing boards are considering interstate compacts as a way for states to maintain control while developing processes to support the mobility of licensed professionals.

Best Practices

Best practices are currently in development.


Issue Overview

View Interstate Compacts to Support License Portability Issue Overview (PDF).

For more information on physical therapy licensure compacts, visit The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website.

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Issue Status Key

The composite rating for this issue is based on the following criteria:
  • Star
    Bill introduced and currently active
  • Blue square
    State has made movement towards achieving desired outcomes; for example, passed best practice legislation, made policy changes or shown where the state has policy supporting the desired outcome
  • Yellow square
    State has not made changes that move towards achieving desired outcomes

Desired Outcomes

This issue comprises four elements:

Physical Therapy Licensure Compact
The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, or PTLC, allows military spouses to designate a home state for their license and use the “privilege to practice” provision in the compact to work in any other member state without obtaining another license.

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact
The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, or ENLC, allows military spouses to use their state of legal residence as their home state for privilege to practice. When tied to the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act, spouses can maintain one license in one state.

Interstate Compact for EMS
The Interstate Compact for EMS, or REPLICA, simplifies endorsement requirements for transferring a license.

Interjurisdictional Compact for Psychology
The Interjurisdictional Compact for Psychology, or PSYPACT, supports tele-practice and temporary practice (30 days). This provides an opportunity to improve access to mental health services by military families and also allows military spouses who are psychologists to sustain a counseling practice through telecommunications in compact states.