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Minnesota has the following four permanent social work licenses which you can apply for through examination or endorsement:
Complete details can be found at Requirements for Licensure, Minnesota Statutes section 148E.055.  Complete details regarding the fingerprint-based criminal background check requirements can be found at Minnesota Statutes section 214.075.
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License Application Fee CBC Fee* Total Fee
Licensed Social Worker (LSW) $45 $33.25 $78.25
Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) $45 $33.25 $78.25
Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) $45 $33.25 $78.25
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) $45 $33.25 $78.25
Endorsement Application for any License $85 $33.25 $118.25
*Effective January 1, 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) increased the criminal background check (CBC) fee from $32 to $33.25. All CBC fees received by the Board on or after January 1, 2019 must be $33.25. Any incorrect fees received on or after January 1, 2019 are void and will be returned.
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