|(a) This section sets out registration procedures for
military service members, military veterans, and military spouses
required under Occupations Code, Chapter 55 (relating to Licensing
of Military Service Members, Military Veterans, and Military Spouses).
For purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following
(1) Military service member--A person who is currently
serving in the armed forces of the United States, in a reserve component
of the armed forces of the United States, including the National Guard,
or in the state military service of any state.
(2) Military spouse--A person who is married to a military
service member who is currently on active duty.
(3) Military veteran--A person who has served in the
army, navy, air force, marine corps, or coast guard of the United
States, or in an auxiliary service of one of those branches of the
(b) An applicant shall provide documentation of the
applicant's status as a military service member, military veteran,
or military spouse. Acceptable documentation includes, but is not
limited to, copies of official documents such as military service
orders, marriage licenses, and military discharge records. The application
of a person who fails to provide documentation of his or her status
shall not be processed under the requirements of this section.
(c) Upon request, an applicant shall provide acceptable
proof of current registration issued by another jurisdiction. Upon
request, the applicant shall provide proof that the registration requirements
of that jurisdiction are substantially equivalent to the registration
requirements of this state.
(d) The department's authority to require an applicant
to undergo a criminal history background check, and the timeframes
associated with that process, are not affected by the requirements
of this section.
(e) For an application for a registration submitted
by a verified military service member or military veteran, the applicant
shall receive credit towards any registration or apprenticeship requirements,
except an examination requirement, for verified military service,
training, or education that is relevant to the occupation, unless
he or she holds a restricted registration issued by another jurisdiction
or if he or she has an unacceptable criminal history as described
by the Act and this chapter.
(f) An applicant who is a military spouse who holds
a current registration issued by another jurisdiction that has substantially
equivalent registration requirements shall complete and submit an
application form and fee. The department shall issue a registration
to a qualified applicant who holds such a registration as soon as
practicable and the renewal of the registration shall be in accordance
with subsection (i) of this section.
(g) In accordance with Occupations Code, §55.004(c),
the department may waive any prerequisite to obtaining a registration
after reviewing the applicant's credentials and determining that the
applicant holds a registration issued by another jurisdiction that
has registration requirements substantially equivalent to those of
(h) A military spouse who within the five years preceding
the application date held the registration in this state that expired
while the applicant lived in another state for at least six months
is qualified for registration based on the previously held registration,
if there are no unresolved complaints against the applicant and if
there is no other bar to registration, such as criminal background
or non-compliance with a department order.
(i) If the department issues an initial registration
to an applicant who is a military spouse in accordance with subsection
(f) of this section, the department shall assess whether the applicant
has met all registration requirements of this state by virtue of the
current registration issued by another jurisdiction. The department
shall provide this assessment in writing to the applicant at the time
the registration is issued. If the applicant has not met all registration
requirements of this state, the applicant must provide proof of completion
at the time of the first application for registration renewal. A registration
shall not be renewed, shall be allowed to expire, and shall become
ineffective if the applicant does not provide proof of completion
at the time of the first application for registration renewal.