R 192101Z FEB 20
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MF//
SUBJ/SPOUSE REIMBURSEMENT FOR STATE LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION COSTS//
NARR/REF A IS NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020. REF B IS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (M&RA) MEMO OF DECEMBER 20, 2018.//
POC/ERIN KING/UNIT:MFR/-/TEL:703-784-9550/EMAIL: ERIN.KING@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. The purpose of this MARADMIN is to provide an update to the eligibility and reimbursement process for relicensure/recertification for military spouses, per references (a) and (b).
2. Headquarters Marine Corps, Manpower and Reserve Affairs may reimburse Marines for qualified State relicensing and/or recertification costs incurred by their spouse arising from permanent change of station (PCS) to another State. A State includes the 50 states, U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and military installations located outside the continental United States (OCONUS).
3. Reimbursement to a Marine under this subsection may not exceed the reimbursement amount established by applicable law on the date that PCS orders are effective. PCS orders with an effective date between 12 December 2017 and 19 December 2019 qualify for $500 and PCS orders with an effective date between 20 December 2019 and 31 December 2024 qualify for $1000. This is a one-time reimbursement for each PCS.
4. Per reference (a), the term “qualified relicensing/recertification costs” includes costs of exam and registration fees that:
a. Are imposed by the State of the new duty station to secure a relicense or recertification to continue working in the same profession that the spouse of the Marine engaged in while in the State of a previous duty station.
b. Are paid or incurred by the Marine or spouse to secure the relicense or recertification from the State of the new duty station after the date on which the orders directing the reassignment of the member are effective.
5. A Marine may be reimbursed up to $1000 for qualifying relicensing/recertification costs of their spouse when the following criteria are met:
a. The PCS movement of the Marine’s dependents was authorized.
b. The spouse obtained the license/certification for the same profession of a previous duty station, in the new State.
c. Completion of relicense/recertification was successful.
6. Factors not eligible for reimbursement include:
a. Costs associated with initial assignment orders which are not considered PCS orders.
b. Costs associated with unsuccessful attempts to obtain relicensure or recertification.
c. Costs associated with separation or retirement orders which are not considered PCS orders.
d. Costs associated with travel to testing site.
e. Costs associated with relicensure or recertification that are applicable in all states, therefore not PCS related.
7. Effective date:
a. Reimbursement eligibility is effective as of 12 December 2017 through 31 December 2024.
b. Requests for reimbursement of relicensing/recertification fees associated with PCS orders with an effective date between December 2017 through May 2019 shall be submitted no later than (NLT) 31 May 2021.
c. Requests for reimbursement of relicensing/recertification fees associated with PCS orders with an effective date after May 2019 shall be submitted NLT 24 months after the effective date of PCS orders.
8. Required documentation needed for reimbursement:
a. A copy of PCS order.
b. A copy of old certification/license.
c. A copy of new recertification/relicensure.
d. Receipt showing amount paid for recertification/relicensing fees.
9. All requests shall be submitted through the local Personnel Administration Office/Center. Personnel Administration Office/Centers refer to Pay Allowances Advisory Notice (PAAN) 1-20 on Spouse Reimbursement, for further instructions on how to process reimbursement requests. 201395 https://www.manpower.usmc.mil/webcenter/portal/oracle/webcenter/page/scopedMD/s0e167c42_23fc_4b6e_837b_d20be8bb2574/Page0d86360f_37c6_4fc2_b2d5_e2bde85cf7d9.jspx
10. To learn more about reimbursement and/or spouse employment resources, please contact your local Family Member Employment Assistance Program office. https://usmc-mccs.org/services/career/family-member-employment-assistance/
11. To locate license and certification information nationwide, visit the Department of Labor’s portal at www.veterans.gov/milspouses. This portal provides State law guidance including information on temporary licensing/certification, expedited licensing/certification, and licensure/certifications by endorsement.
12. This MARADMIN is applicable to active duty and active reserve Marines.
13. Release authorized by M. C. Balocki, Director, Marine and Family Programs, Manpower and Reserve Affairs.//