ND Seal ND Board of Social Work Examiners

LICSW INITIAL APPLICATION

Once the Board office receives your completed application and your official transcript sent from the college, you will be approved to take the Clinical examination. If you are already licensed as a LCSW, you do not need to resubmit your transcript as we should already have it on file.

The following  forms and documents are required for an Initial Application:

  • Reference forms are not required for the LICSW level.
  • Criminal History Background Check/Child Abuse and Neglect Background Inquiry – The background check is not required if you are already licensed as an LCSW. If you are not already licensed, you will receive these forms with your testing approval letter. This does not need to be completed before you can take the examination. Once the completed forms and fee are received, it can take 2-3 weeks to get the results. Your license will not be issued until we have received the results! More information can be found here.
  • ASWB Scores – The Board must receive your test scores directly from ASWB. It may take up to 10 days for the Board to receive your score from ASWB. It is not necessary to send us a copy of your test score. 
  • Official Transcript – Upon graduation, an official and final transcript must be sent directly from your college or university. Once again, if you are upgrading from the LCSW level, you do not need to send a transcript.
  • License Fee – The Board has a license fee of $75. Please make the check or money order payable to NDBSWE. The fee can be paid at any time during the licensure process. Your license will not be issued until this fee is received. If you are upgrading from the LCSW level, this fee is not required.
  • Completion of the MSW Verification of Supervised Practice 
  • Completion of the MSW Verification of Employment

Once all items are received, your license will be issued. License certificates are mailed on a weekly basis. If your application needs to be reviewed by the Board for any reason, your license will not be issued until the Board has reviewed and approved your application. All documentation (including ASWB test scores) must be received before the Board will review your application. Please review the Meeting Dates page for upcoming meeting dates.

Please read the more detailed application instructions before completing the application.