Spouses: CG will reimburse certification costs due to PCS

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Members serving on active duty in the Armed Forces may be reimbursed for their spouse's qualified relicensing costs after relocation from another state (including the 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia) due to PCS orders. The new policy is another step in reducing the financial burden on families transitioning to a new duty station.

The reimbursement is retroactive to  all assignments with an effective PCS departure date after 12 Dec 2017.

Qualified relicensing costs include examination and registration fees that are imposed by the state of the new duty station to secure a license or certification to engage in the same profession the member’s spouse engaged in while in the state of the original duty station.

These fees must have been paid or incurred by the member or spouse to secure the license or certification from the state of the new duty station after the date on which the orders directing the reassignment.

To file for reimbursement, members must submit:

  1. Claim for Members for Expenditures on Official Business - Optional Form 1164 (REV. 11/2017) with:
    1. Spouse name in block 1,
    2. member information in block 4,
    3. date of submission in column (a),
    4. Code C in column (b),
    5. "License Reimbursement Fees" in column (c), and
    6. amount of fees (not to exceed $500.00 in column (i) of block 6,
    7. member signature/date in block 10.
  2. Copy of current PCS orders.
  3. Copy of new state license and/or certifications; and
  4. Copy of receipt for relicensing and/or recertification fees paid at current PDS.

See OF-1164 Sample to assist.

Members will email the OF-1164, orders, current license, and receipt to FINCEN at FIN-SMB-Invoices@uscg.mil. Processing and payment may take up to 30 days.

For more information, see ACN 066/19 or the CG-133 website.

Please email any questions or comments to Compensation@uscg.mil (subject: SLR).