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The next renewal date is April 1, 2020 (Renew on or before March 31, 2020)

License renewals are only on even-numbered years

LBSWs, LSWs and LCSWs need 40 hours of CEHs (20 Category I and Category II CEHs each renewal year) each renewal period

LSWs and LCSWs need 2 hours of their 40 hours to be Category I Ethics CEHs

Renewal information will be mailed to the address you have on file with the Board

Renewal information will not be forwarded, so be sure the Licensure Board has your correct address

E-mail address changes to:

For information on licensing visit:

For the renewal form please visit:

Additional Information can be found at the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency website at: or you may call them at 317-232-2960 and select Option 6


Licensing Changes Effective July 1, 2018

HEA 1007 includes language that provides for a 12 month temporary permit that is available for an individual that meets the education requirements for a license as a social workers and pays the fee for the temporary permit. 

SEA 224  added language to the section of statute on supervision.  IC 25-23.6-5-3.5 (g) which allows for up to 50% of supervised clinical social work experience to be done virtually. 

Download this document for more information.

LBSW & Licensing Reciprocity for LBSW, LSW & LCSW

As of July 1, 2017 there are 3 levels of licensing in Indiana, changes in legislation added the LBSW for individuals with a BSW from a CSWE accredited program.  Effective July 1, 2017 Indiana has language in statute that allows for reciprocity for the LBSW, LSW, and LCSW -- it allows for individuals with a license from another state to apply for a comparable license in Indiana.  In order to apply for a license in Indiana using reciprocity you must hold a similar level license and have passed a comparable test. A brief overview can be found if you click here, complete information and the application can be found online at: 


Questions please contact the Licensing Board at (317) 234-2054 or by email at




NASW Indiana offers Social Work licensure exam preparation courses at a minimum of twice per year to assist you in learning the skills and expertise needed to pass the exam. Check out our Events & Registration page or contact us at to learn more.



Indiana LBSW Application and Instructions (effective 7/1/17)

Indiana LSW Application and Instructions

Indiana LCSW Application and Instructions

Indiana LBSW, LSW, & LCSW Reciprocity Application and Instructions (effective 7/1/17)

Indiana Social Worker Statutes, Rules, Renewals and FAQs


If you wish to view the Indiana Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Mental Health Counselor Board Licensure Laws and Regulations, they are available at the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency website. Here you can also find information about the board, its membership and attending board meetings, which are open to the public.  Visit 



The Social Work Registry provides a repository for social workers' credential information while serving as a verification source for social work licensing boards. The Registry lets you establish a permanent file containing primary source records important to your social work career. At your request, this information can be transmitted to any board to which you may apply for licensure.

The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is the association of licensing boards that oversees social work and is the central resource for the information on the legal regulation of the social work profession. The ASWB provides a handbook designed to help you register for and take the ASWB social work licensing examination. Find out more about ASWB at:

Title Protection in Law

Effective immediately, and pursuant to Ind. Code 25-23.6-4-1, if you have an MSW degree and are working in a behavioral health and human services position (regardless of job title) you must be licensed.  Beginning January 1, 2017, you MUST either hold an active social work license, or apply for a clinical social work license and be approved by the Board to take the ASWB Clinical Examination prior to January 1, 2017 for any accrued clinical experience hours and supervision hours to count towards your clinical social work licensure. On January 1, 2017 if you do not have an active social work license and have been working towards accruing your clinical experience hours and supervision hours for clinical social work licensure, the hours you have accrued will not count toward the clinical social work license requirement and you will be required to obtain the social work license and begin accruing clinical hours and supervision hours toward the clinical social work license according to Ind. Code 25-23.6-5-3.5.  There are no exceptions to the licensure requirement except as outlined in Ind. Code 25-23.6-4-2.  Previous exceptions regarding date of graduation will no longer apply effective January 1, 2017.

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