Request for Extension of Time


You must submit (mail or fax to 410-358-2469) a copy of the legal documentation of the change.

Renewal Instructions

IMPORTANT. When entering Ethics obtained in the Category I or Category II, please list the units under its own heading called Ethics Category I or Ethics Category II.

Supervision Continuing Education units should be listed as Supervision Category I or Supervision Category II.

Before you begin, you will need the following:

  • 1. Internet access. (Home, office, library)
  • 2. Your Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners license number and your Social Security number.
  • 3. Your continuing education certificates for the last 2 year period (11/01/18 – 10/31/20) OR, if your license was issued in 2018, since the original license date.
  • 4. Your Visa, MasterCard or Discover if paying by credit card. If you are mailing in the payment, your checkbook or money order
  • 5. A printer, to print a copy of your application and invoice or receipt.

Steps to Renew Online

  • Click “ONLINE RENEWAL” above and proceed to the Logon screen. Choose your category of licensure from the drop down menu.

    • LBSW-Bachelor
    • LMSW-Master
    • LCSW-Certified
    • LCSWC-Certified-Clinical

  • Enter the license number (the 5 digit social work license number located in the bottom left hand corner of the license – without the “A” for Associate or “G” for Graduate).
  • Enter the last four digits of your social security number and click the LOGON box.
  • Fill in the information as requested. Note that some areas may already be completed or may be blank. Please revise or enter the information in order to update your record.
  • Part 1: Personal Information. Note: the insurance company, policy number and expiration date of the Worker’s Compensation coverage must be completed IF you employ individuals.
  • Part II: Questions # 1 through # 5 – all must be answered with a yes or no.
  • Part III: Continuing Education Units – for each program provide the following: course title, sponsor’s name, date of program, number of CE units, select Category I or II and for the Ethics program select Ethics Category I or Ethics Category II.
  • The online program will ONLY process the renewal application IF:  The Category I continuing education units total at least 20 (15 for LBSW's) units ; with at least three Category I or category II units in the content area focusing on Ethics; and the grand total is at least 40 (30 for LBSW's) units.
  • If applicable, for Board Approved Supvisors link to verify require three Category I or Category II Continuing Education units in the content area focusing on Supervision.
  • Prior to selecting a method of payment, you must certify that all information in the application is correct.
  • Review your application and then click AFFIRM AND MAKE PAYMENT. Note that once submitted, the application cannot be changed.
  • CREDIT CARD: Select Visa, MasterCard or Discover Click ONCE to confirm payment. The payment is processed within 1-2 business days. American Express is not accepted.
  • PAYMENT BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER: Mail your check or money order payable to the Board of Social Work Examiners, along with a copy of the online confirmation. The license will not be issued until payment is received. The Board must receive payment which is postmarked on or before October 31st.
  • Print and retain a copy of your renewal application and the online payment receipt

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Social Work License Renewal Expiration Date 6/30/2021

As you know your license has stayed active even though you did not renew by 10/31/20. Governor Hogan was sensitive to the impact of the pandemic and extended your license. His latest Executive Order was issued on March 9, 2021. He stated that all licenses that were to be renewed during this period had to be completed by 6/30/2021. It means that your license will expire if you do not renew your license by 6/30/2021. ​