Helping Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses Get Licensed to Work

AUSTIN, March 27, 2014 – The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) recently updated its licensing procedures to help military service members and veterans to become licensed to work in Texas using their military service, training, and education and to help military spouses to become licensed to work in Texas if they hold an equivalent license issued in or by another state. These changes were authorized by bills enacted in 2013 by the 83rd Texas Legislature.

“TDLR values the contributions of all who serve or have served in our nation’s armed forces and of the spouses of military service members,” said Bill Kuntz, TDLR Executive Director. “These new licensing changes allow us to help service members, veterans, and spouses to get licensed and to get to work in Texas.”

TDLR currently accepts verified military experience for licenses in these programs:

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Elimination of Architectural Barriers
Polygraph Examiners; and
Water Well Drillers and Pump Installers.

Beginning May 1, 2014, TDLR will issue a temporary license or license by endorsement or reciprocity for master electrician or journeyman electrician licenses to applicants with verified military experience who hold a license issued by another jurisdiction with substantially equivalent license requirements to Texas. Applicants who meet these requirements will not have to take the licensing examination.

A military spouse is eligible to obtain a Texas occupational license if they hold a substantially equivalent license issues in or by another state and their application is given priority for processing in an expedited manner. This applies to a spouse of a person who is currently serving in an active or reserve component of the United States armed forces, in the National Guard, or in a state military force.

For more information about TDLR military service, training, education credit and military spouse licensing, visit the TDLR Military Information webpage at, or call TDLR’s Customer Service at 800-803-9202.


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