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License Requirements

Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) is a masters's license type. Apply for a license by examination if you do not have a current social work license in another state or jurisdiction, or apply by endorsement if you have a current social work license in another state or jurisdiction. The Board recommends that current social work students apply for a license six months before graduation for the best application process. 

License requirements for LGSW by examination under Minnesota Statutes section 148E.055 are as follows:
 
 
License requirements for LGSW by endorsement under Minnesota Statutes section 148E.055 are as follows:

  • Active Social Work License: Hold an active license or credential as a graduate or master’s level social worker in another jurisdiction
  • Academic Degree: Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Criminal Background Check: All applicants for initial licensure must complete a criminal background check (CBC) under Minnesota Statutes section 214.075, unless you hold a current permanent or temporary social work license in Minnesota
  • Ethical Standards: Must not have engaged in conduct in violation of the Board's ethical standards of practice

Processing Time, Deadlines, and Important Information

Plan ahead!
  • Getting your permanent license involves multiple steps and generally takes at least three months—in many cases it takes longer
  • Applications are reviewed in order of date received and initial application review typically takes between 30 and 60 days from the date an application is received by the Board
  • The Board recommends that current social work students apply for a license six months before graduation for the best application process.
  • Review application requirements and submit required documentation to avoid delays in processing your application
  • Find out when a license is required
  • If you are eligible, a temporary license allows you to begin authorized social work practice for a time-limited period and can typically be issued more quickly than a permanent license
One-year application deadline:
  • Applications remain open for one year from the date your application and fee are received by the Board
  • If you do not complete all application requirements by the one-year deadline, your application will close and you will need to reapply, pay another fee, and may need to complete another CBC
Check your application status online:
  • Log in to check your application status
  • Review your online application checklist regularly and look at the comments added by Board staff on each item for details
Update your email + mailing address:
  • The Board will contact you about your application via mail
  • If your address changes, log in to update your mailing address

Application Process

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