​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:


Licensure by Examination: LBSW & LMSW

Licensure by Examination: LCSW & LCSW-C

Licensure by Endorsement: LBSW & LMSW

Licensure By Endorsement: LCSW & LCSW-C (less than 5 years of holding a Clinical or Advanced Generalist License)

Licensure by Endorsement: LCSW & LCSW-C (at least 5 years out of the past 10 years of holding a Clinical or Advanced Generalist 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)