DENVER, CO — Representative Shannon Bird’s bipartisan bill to streamline Colorado’s credentialing system for dozens of professions today was signed into law by Governor Polis. 

“The new law signed by Governor Polis today will remove red tape and ensure that Colorado is ready to welcome qualified job seekers and highly skilled professionals, including military spouses, from out of state,” said Rep. Shannon Bird, D-Westminster. “As we work to ensure that Colorado becomes the permanent home of Space Command, it’s crucial that we enact policies to make Colorado a great place for military families to live. That’s exactly what the Occupational Credential Portability Program will do. I’m proud that the legislature took such important steps this session to get Colorado’s strong economy back on track.”

HB20-1326 creates the Occupational Credential Portability Program in the Department of Regulatory Agencies to streamline and centralize the credentialing of individuals licensed in another state. The bill will apply to professions ranging from doctors and veterinarians to electricians and barbers. The bill also relocates the existing occupational credential exemption for military spouses to the new occupational credential portability program and strengthens the exemption.