Application for Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed by Reciprocity
(Currently licensed in another state)
To initiate the LCSW (Reciprocity) licensure process, you will need to submit the following forms and documents to the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners (NDBSWE):
Once NDBSWE receives your completed application and $100 application fee, you will receive a "background check" packet which will include the documents needed to complete a statewide and nationwide Criminal History Record Check & Child Abuse and Neglect Background Inquiry. Please send the completed forms to NDBSWE. More information can be found here.
Social Work Experience: Please submit a letter and/or resume explaining your past and present work experience in social work. Explain how many hours you earned in clinical supervision and how many hours you have doing clinical social work. Be specific about the amount and type of diagnosing you have done. Diagnosing is a critical part of the LCSW practice. The letter may include an explanation about clinical supervision completed for another state board.
Applicant Affidavit: The board requires documentation and affirmation that the applicant's supervised clinical practice and social work practice meets or exceeds the minimum supervisory requirements of N.D.C.C. 43-41-04. You must complete the LCSW Reciprocity Applicant Affidavit form.
License Verification – You must request the licensing board of the jurisdiction where you have held or currently hold a license to complete the license verification form. NDBSWE will also accept a letter sent directly from the other state board(s) verifying your license.
Reference forms are not required when applying by reciprocity.
Board Review - Once all items are received, your application will be reviewed by a Board member before being issued. The Board member determines if your qualifications meet the Board's requirements. If the Board member concludes that you are not eligible for a license by reciprocity, you may be licensed based on your experience in clinical social work practice, and you may need to submit the additional documentation (see the blue box below).
Application Status: It is the responsibility of the applicant to keep updated on their application status and to ensure all required items are submitted to NDBSWE. You may view your Application Status to keep updated on your license application. If you have any questions about your application, please email the Board office.
If the state you are applying from does not meet the requirements for ND licensure, you will need to submit the following documents to have your application reveiwed based on your qualifications and work experience:
Reciprocity applications are reviewed by looking at the licensure requirements in the other state (NDCC 43-41-07). The laws must have similar licensure requirements for typical reciprocity licensure. Unfortunately, the laws are not always similar to the licensure requirements for ND and do not always qualify for typical licensure by reciprocity. But ND law does allow the Board to grant a license by reciprocity based in part on your qualifications and work experience. For the Board to explore that option, it asks that you also submit additional information including the following:
- A letter explaining your past or present work experience in social work. Explain how many hours you earned in clinical supervision and how many hours you have doing clinical social work. Make sure to be specific about the amount and type of diagnosing you have done. Diagnosing is a critical part of the LCSW practice. The letter may include an explanation about clinical supervision completed for the other state board. Please submit a copy of your supervision plan with other state board(s), if possible.
- The board requires documentation and affirmation that the applicant's supervised clinical practice and social work practice meets or exceeds the minimum supervisory requirements of N.D.C.C. 43-41-04. You must complete the LCSW Reciprocity Applicant Affidavit form.
- A letter from a past or present supervisor verifying completion of supervision or past work experience. The letter should include how long you were supervised and at which job or position. Please have the supervisor include a current copy of their license.
- A copy of your curriculum vitae or resume showing past work experience and a copy of job descriptions in which you practiced clinical social work.
- A copy of your passing score on the ASWB Clinical exam.
- Official transcript of your MSW degree sent from your college directly to the Board office.