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Voluntary Termination


You may apply to voluntarily terminate your license if you are:
  • Practicing social work in a setting in Minnesota for which licensure is not required under Minnesota Statutes section 148E.065, or no longer practicing social work in Minnesota and do not want to maintain your license.
  • If you have voluntarily terminated your license, you must not practice or advertise or present yourself as authorized to practice social work in Minnesota, unless you are practicing in an exempt setting under Minnesota Statutes section 148E.065.
  • In addition, you are prohibited from using the title social worker, or any designation which indicates social work licensure, except as permitted in particular settings under Minnesota Statutes section 148E.280.
  • The Board may take disciplinary action against a person whose license has been terminated based on conduct occurring before the license is terminated or for practicing social work without a license.

Application Process

You may apply to voluntarily terminate your license, as an alternative to applying for the renewal of a license or at any time, by completing a status change online or downloading the Application for Renewal and selecting Voluntary Termination. There is no fee for voluntarily terminating your license.

Re-licensing Options

A voluntarily terminated license may be reactivated within one year of the effective date of voluntary termination.  Visit the Reactivations page for more information.  
If you fail to reactivate within one year of the effective date, you must meet all requirements for licensure at the time of reapplication; an ASWB exam score is valid for eight years from date taken if the license is expired or voluntarily terminated.  Applicants for licensure who do not hold a current license issued by the Minnesota Board of Social Work are required to submit to a fingerprint-based criminal background check per Minnesota Statutes section 214.075.
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