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More service members, spouses receiving support for professional licensure

Rep. Stuart talks about issue close to Metro East

A new report details the state’s efforts to shepherd service members and their spouses through cumbersome professional licensing process.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation this month announced the release of the annual Report on Expedited Licensure Review for Military Service Members and Spouses for 2021. The complete report may be found here.

In 2019, Governor Pritzker signed legislation expediting the license review process for military service members who are an active duty member (or whose active duty service concluded within the
preceding two years before application) and their spouses.

In 2021, IDFPR’s military liaison assisted 862 military service members and their spouses with licensing, more than tripling the number of individuals assisted during the initiative’s first year in 2020.  While the 2021 data shows military service members and their spouses engaged in a wide range of professions, applications for registered nurse licenses sharply increased, followed by applications for permanent employee registration cards (unarmed security guards). Along with those two sets of licenses, most applications received were for physician and surgeon, dentist, and cosmetologist licenses.

Per the 2019 Act, IDFPR reviewed submitted applications within 60 days of receiving all required documents and fees. That review time will be halved in 2022, per legislation Governor JB Pritzker signed into law in August 2021.

“We recognize how critical it is for military families to have a smooth transition when relocating. The ability to begin working provides immediate peace of mind when a military family moves to a base in Illinois,” said Mario Treto Jr., acting secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. “We are committed to enabling them to work in their chosen profession as soon as possible, while also ensuring the requirements for licensure are still met.”

IDFPR offers a webpage for military service members and their spouses seeking professional licensure in Illinois. Resources on the page include contact information for the Department’s military liaison, a list of professions overseen by the Department, and quick tips for licensure in the professions most common for military service members and their spouses who move to Illinois. The webpage may be found here.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s 2021 Report on the Expedited Licensure Review for Military Service Members shows 862 members and their spouses received professional licenses, a significant increase from the prior year.

Katie Stuart sponsored measure

The increase can be attributed Public Act 101-240. This Act, sponsored by state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, went into effect in 2020 and expedited the professional license review process for military service members and their spouses.

“For years, I have worked to streamline professional licensing so it’s easier for military families to move without disrupting their income. These kinds of policy changes are how we can cut the red tape for military families, and I’m happy to see the program continues to be effective,” said Stuart.

New legislation further refining the professional licensing process for military families went into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. This legislation, Public Act 102-384, builds upon the preceding legislation and reduces application review time from 60 days to 30 days.

“As with all my work on the Military Economic Development Committee chaired by Lt. Gov. Stratton, I strive to make the lives of military families in Illinois easier,” Stuart said. “The new legislation will reduce the professional license review time by half and I look forward to seeing these changes being implemented.”

 

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