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Renewing Your License

Your license to practice social work in Minnesota must be renewed every two years. It will be renewed for the first time in your birth month in the second calendar year following the effective date of your license. A license must be renewed by the last day of your birth month, and will be effective for two years.

As stated in Minnesota Statutes, Section 148E.070, you must document compliance with the standards of practice, continuing education requirements, and, if applicable, the supervised practice requirements using application forms provided by the Board.

Renewal Application Process

Notification from the Board

  • A License Renewal Notice (postcard notification) will be automatically mailed to your current mailing address on record 45 days before the expiration date of your license.
  • Failure to receive the license renewal notice does not release you from your obligation to renew a license.

Submit the Application and Fee

  • Submit your completed license renewal application with the required, nonrefundable license renewal fee.  An application which is not completed or signed, or which is not accompanied by the correct fee, is void and will be returned to you.
  • The application and required fee must be received by the Board by midnight of the business day on your expiration date.
  • Paper and online renewal fees submitted on or after July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2015 will be assessed the mandatory OET Surcharge of 10%.  A law passed by the 2009 Minnesota Legislature, initiated by OET, requires a 10% surcharge of no less than $5 and no more than $150 on each business, commercial, professional, or occupational license, including social work licenses.  The OET will establish a statewide “one stop” electronic licensing system with the money collected.  [See Minnesota Statutes, section 16E.22.]

Licensure Renewal Fees


Licensure Renewal Fee

OET Surcharge

Total Fee

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)





Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)




Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)




Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)




If you are within the specified time period for renewal, you may renew using the Board’s online renewal process through the Board’s website (preferred), or you may renew using the paper application process.  The following options are available to you:

  • Go to, click on “Online Services” and register as a new user if you haven’t already registered.  You may renew your license or apply for a temporary leave or emeritus license at the time of license renewal.  You may pay fees using your Visa or Master card.  No extra credit card processing fees are assessed.
  • Go online and click “Downloadable Forms” to print the “Application for License Renewal” form to mail with a check.  If you choose this option, please return the blue postcard renewal notice that you received in the mail with your application form and fee.
  • Request paper forms to be mailed:  email us at or call 612.617.2100.

Renewal Application Deadlines

You may submit an application for renewal of your license up to 45 days prior to your expiration date or up to 60 days after your expiration date.  However, if you submit your application after the expiration date, a late fee is assessed.  If application materials and the required fees are not received within 60 days of the expiration/renewal date, the license automatically expires, retroactive to your expiration date.

Late Fee

If your completed application is received after midnight on the expiration date, a late fee of 1/4 of the renewal fee, in addition to the renewal fee, and the OET surcharge of 10% of the renewal fee, is assessed and must be paid before your application will be reviewed.

Authorization to Practice Pending Review

Provided that your application is received by midnight on the expiration date, you are authorized to practice after the expiration date while the application for license renewal is being reviewed.

Unauthorized Practice

If your application is not received by midnight on the expiration date, you are not authorized to practice after the expiration date.  You may be subject to disciplinary action by the Board for practicing social work after the expiration date.

Expired License

The Board will expire your license for failure to:
  • renew within 60 days of your expiration date
  • meet the license renewal requirements, or
  • provide all of the information as directed by the Board.

The Board may take disciplinary action against an expired license based on conduct occurring before the expiration of the license.

Reactivation of an Expired License 

As stated in Minnesota Statutes, Section 148E.080, subdivision 3, a licensee must do the following within one year of the expiration date to reactivate an expired license:

  • complete an application form specified by the board;
  • document compliance with the continuing education requirements that were in effect at the time the license expired;
  • document compliance with the supervision requirements, if applicable, that were in effect at the time the license expired; and
  • pay the reactivation of an expired license fee specified in Minnesota Statutes, Section 148E.180, which is 1-1/2 times the applicable renewal fee.
  • Contact the Board via email at to obtain application materials or if you need additional information.


Revised 8/11


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The Minnesota Board of Social Work does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color,
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membership on a local human rights commission.

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