Frequently-Asked Questions about RENEWALS
- Is the online renewal secure?
- What paperwork will I send in?
When you renew online, no paperwork is required. You will attest electronically that you have completed your continuing education (CEU )requirement.
- When can I expect to receive a license?
The Board will be processing approximately 6,000 renewals. Licenses will be mailed within 7 to 10 days from receipt of the paid renewal.
- Questions #1 through #6?
Please provide a written explanation to all questions marked with a yes. Questions # 4 & # 5 require the social worker to submit a certified copy of the police/court record and the final disposition.
Please mail the following to the Director:
- A signed copy of the online renewal application or the renewal application
- The renewal fee
- CEU report form
- Fee with the legal documentation.
- What if I do not wish to renew online?
A social worker can print the renewal application form and instructions off the Board’s website or call the Board and request a renewal application.
- What are the continuing education requirements?
The current continuing education requirement is 40 (30 for LSWA) credit hours of continuing education in programs and categories approved by the Board for each two-year period of licensure. Licensees must obtain at least 20 (15 for LSWA) of the 40 (30 for LSWA) credits in Category I . All 40 (30 for LSWA) credit hours may be earned in Category I. Category I credits can only be given by Board Authorized Sponsors , Association of Social Work Boards (www.aswb.org)and the National Association of Social Workers (www.socialworkers.org).
Of the 40 (30 for LSWA) required credit hours, a licensee must obtain 3 credit hours in Category I in a content area focusing on ethics which is consistent with generally accepted professional standards. Online Ethics programs will NOT satisfy the Category I Ethics requirement.
- Will there be an audit?
Yes. After the renewal is over, the Board will conduct an audit of the required continuing education credit hours. Those randomly selected for audit will be required to submit certificates of completion, along with brochures, agendas or outlines.
- What if I do not have the 40 continuing education credit hours?
Please be reminded that a social worker has until October 31st, of the year the license expires, to obtain the required credit hours. The Board cannot issue a license unless the social worker can attest to the fact that she/he has the required credit hours. IF a social worker failed to fulfill the requirements as a result of illness or circumstances beyond the control of the social worker, a request for an extension of time to meet the continuing education requirements may be submitted to the Board for review. If requesting an extension, please mail the renewal application, fee and written request along with supporting documentation to the Board as soon as possible but no later than August 31st. A Board review is required.
The Board may or may not grant an extension of time to meet the continuing education requirements. If the Board authorizes the extension, a "Conditional 6 month license" will be issued.
Without exception, no additional time will be granted beyond the April 30th deadline
- Do I need to renew my LGSW license if I plan to submit an application for licensure at the LCSW or LCSW-C level?
Yes. Reviewing and approving an application can take 6 to 8 weeks. Registering and scheduling an examination can take 3 to 4 weeks. Receiving the passing score and issuing a license can take 2 weeks. The entire process can take from 9 to 13 weeks, about 3 months. If the applicant fails the exam she/he must wait 90 days before retesting.
- What if an LCSW or LCSW-C license is issued soon after I renew my LGSW license, can I receive a partial refund?
No, the Board cannot pro-rate the license renewal fee.
- What is the process to place my license on Inactive status?
Licensees, with an active license, can request that their license be placed on inactive status. See the enclosed Licensure Options form and information. Mail the form with a check or money order for $25 payable to the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners. The form and fee must be submitted before the license expires on October31st .
A license can remain on inactive status for five years. In order to reactivate a license, the licensee must submit an application for reactivation; with the reactivation processing fee and documentation of 40 (30 for LSWA) continuing education credit hours obtained in the two years preceding the application for reactivation. Applications for reactivation must be submitted before 5 years from the time the license expired.