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If you have a social work degree, a license is required if you provide social work services as defined in Minnesota Statutes section 148E.010, subdivisions 6 or 11, or use the title social worker, unless you are employed by a county or a federally recognized tribe.
  • A license may still be required even if the employer does not require a license, the job does not require direct client contact, or if the job title is not social worker
  • Only the Board has the authority to determine whether a person is engaged in social work practice and must be licensed
  • Click here for more information about when a license is required

As a licensed professional, you are responsible for being aware of and complying with all licensing requirements.


Log in to your online license profile to access online services:

  • Review or update your contact information
  • Review your continuing education requirements 
  • Renew or change your license status 
  • Submit online supervision forms 
  • Apply for a different license type

Use Public License Lookup to verify or print your license information


Why is licensing important?

  • Licensing protects the public by ensuring that social workers are qualified, professional, ethical, and accountable
  • Licensing strengthens the profession by informing employers and clients that you have the professional social work knowledge, skills, and values needed to practice competently and ethically
  • Licensing provides safeguards for the public in the rare event professional standards are not met
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