TALLAHASSEE—This week, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation issued the first license under a new law that helps military spouses get licensed to work in Florida.

The new law, passed during the 2010 Legislative Session and sponsored by Representative Ritch Workman and Senator Mike Fasano, makes it easier for spouses of active duty members of the Armed Forces who are transferred to Florida obtain a professional license.

“I hope this first military spouse temporary license will be followed by many more licenses,” said Secretary Charlie Liem. “By helping military spouses get licensed and working as soon as possible after a transfer into Florida, the department supports the men and women who serve our country.”

A military spouse who holds a professional license in another jurisdiction can practice their profession under a six-month, temporary license while they seek full licensure from the state.

The first license was issued to a real estate broker in central Florida.

For more information about temporary licensure for military spouses, please visit MyFloridaLicense.com/dbpr/pro/division/MilitarySpouse.

“Considering the great sacrifice that military men and women make for our country, making it easier for their spouses to start working in Florida is one way we can show our appreciation,” said Senator Mike Fasano.

“There are hundreds of military men and women who move to Florida each year, by helping their spouses start work sooner, we can support their families while they support our country,” said Representative Ritch Workman.

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