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    ​Licensing

    Social Work Licensure in Maryland


    ​In order to practice social work in Maryland or to refer to oneself as a social worker, an individual must be licensed by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.

    There are two ways to apply for licensure 1) by examination and 2) by endorsement.

    *BSW and MSW Official transcripts can be sent electronically to louise.bohle@maryland.gov (BSW/MSW programs must be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education www.cswe.org​)(No other undergraduate or graduate degrees qualify for social work licensure) ​

    There are four license types in Maryland:

    • LBSW- Licensed Bachelor Social Worker – BSW
    • LMSW- Licensed Masters Social Worker – MSW
    • LCSW- Licensed Certified Social Worker – MSW/LMSW
    • *plus at least 2 years of SW experience under the supervision of a LCSW or LCSW-C
    • LCSW-C– Licensed Certified Social Worker–Clinical - MSW/LMSW
    • *plus at least 2 years of clinical SW experience under the supervision of a LCSW-C

    ​Types of Applications available online: for all levels

    • Application by Examination
    • Application by Endorsement
    • Reactivation / Reinstatement
    • Re-Licensure

    Before You begin, you will need the following:

    • 1. Internet access. (Home, office, library)
    • 2. Social Security number is requir​ed to apply.
    • 3. An email address. (Please use a working / valid email address). Once you start an application, you will receive emails with updates & communications from the board. Check your email INBOX, JUNK, SPAM and TRASH folders to locate your first email with your Application ID. This email may have been sent to one of these folders depending on the security of your email provider.
    • (Note: Please make sure you add bswe.licensing@maryland.gov to your trusted/allowed email address list to ensure the email does not get sent to your spam folder or get filtered out of your email before it is received.)
    • 4. Your Social Work licenses held in any state including Maryland
    • 5. Your Visa, MasterCard or Discover. The Board does NOT accept checks or money orders for online applications. Your application is considered incomplete until we receive payment.

     

    Depending on the type of application you have completed, you will have to send in additional paperwork by mail. See below:

    Link to ONLINE APPLICATIONS (not for License Renewal)

    Licensure by Examination: LBSW & LMSW

    Licensure by Examination: LCSW & LCSW-C

    Licensure by Endorsement: LBSW & LMSW

    Licensure By Endorsement: LCSW-C (less than 5 years of of clinical practice since the issuance of your first clinical license)

    Licensure by Endorsement: LCSW-C (must be able to document at least 5 years out of the past 10 years of clinical practice, [1,000 hours of practice per year] with your clinical license)

    Reactivation: All Levels (An Inactive License within 5 years of the expiration date)

    Reinstatment: All Levels (A Non-Renewed License within 5 years of the expiration date)

    Re-licensure Application: All Levels (After 5 years of expiration date by Examination or Endorsement)

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