Placing a license on inactive status: Military assistance

Who qualifies

You may be eligible for assistance with placing a professional license on inactive status in Washington State if you’re:

  • A member of the U.S. armed forces
  • A member of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
  • A member of the U.S. Merchant Marines
  • The spouse or registered domestic partner of any of the above.

Inactivating your license

If you have a professional license issued by the Washington State Department of Licensing, you may have your license placed on inactive status:

  • While deployed outside the state.
  • or
  • Until discharged from the military.

Reactivating your license

We recommend you reactivate the license within 1 year of returning to Washington or being discharged from the service.

More information

To inactivate or reactivate your license, please contact the program area that licenses your profession.

Related information

Washington Healthcare Finder
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Access Washington – official state government website