The Inactive Status Process:

 The Inactive status is a non-practice status that allows licensees to renew their license without completing continuing education.  The inactive status is designed for licensees who are not currently working in their field and/or don’t plan to return to their field for the foreseeable future but who wish to retain their license.

Effective March 11, 2015.  Licensees who wish to renew their license as Inactive Click Renew your license  sign into the eLicense.Ohio.gov portal click the options button to complete a special request to place your license in Escrow status. You will need to renew into Inactive Status every two years if you wish to remain Inactive.

 A licensee may renew into Inactive status only during the renewal period or after the renewal date,when the license has lapsed. Late fees will apply. If the license is currently Active, but the licensee is not practicing or out of State, etc. he or she must wait until the renewal period to renew to Inactive status.

The Inactive status is a non-practice status that allows licensees to renew their license without completing continuing education.  The inactive status is designed for licensees who are not currently working in their field and/or don’t plan to return to their field for the foreseeable future.

 Inactive escrow status means you stop using your professional credentials. You can no longer refer to yourself as or volunteer as a counselor, social worker or marriage & family therapist. You cannot sign off as a clinical or training supervisor, you cannot bill for services. 

Renewing into Inactive status requires no continuing education; however continuing education will be required to go from Inactive to Active status.

A licensee may renew into Inactive status only during the renewal period or after the renewal date, when the license has lapsed. Late fees will apply. If the license is currently Active, but the licensee is not practicing or out of State, etc. he or she must wait until the renewal period to renew to Inactive status.

To renew to Inactive Escrow Status: 

Go to e-license.ohio.gov

From your e-License dashboard

Click:

  1. Options
  2. Special Request
  3. License Inactivation

The Board will set your license to the Inactive Escrow Status (you will be notified by email so you may renew to inactive escrow. You must renew and pay a fee for your license type by the date specified and every 2 years thereafter. Late fees do apply if you renew inactive late.

 

Licensees with Inactive status may request to return to Active status at any time by reinstating their license. 

 

To return to Active status:

Go to e-license.ohio.gov

From your e-license dashboard

Click:

  1. Options
  2. Reinstate

Complete the reinstatement request and be sure all 30 hours of continuing education* is complete and the certificates ready to upload into e-license under additional documentation. Note: do not upload the certificates into CE Broker because continuing education used to restore an Inactive license to Active cannot be used to renew the restored license.

*Continuing education hours need to be completed within the two-year period prior to restoration. Of the 30 hours, six hours will need to cover ethics. Licensees wishing to reinstate their supervision designation will also need to complete six hours of supervision as part of the 30 required hours.

Inactive Status Renewal Fees

Renewal of an Inactive license is required every two years on your biannual renewal date. Once your license is renewed to Inactive status the letters ESCR will appear behind your license number.  ESCR stands for escrow.  This is a non-practice status.

 Inactive status renewal fees are listed below:

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC (C license type)

$40.00

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

LPCC (E license type)

$50.00

Licensed Social Worker

LSW (S license type

$40.00

Licensed Independent Social Worker

LISW (I license type)

$50.00

Marriage and Family Therapist

MFT (M license type)

$40.00

Independent Marriage & Family Therapist

LISW (I license type)

$50.00

Social Work Assistant

SWA (W registration)

$20.00

Inactive Status Renewal Late Fees

Renewal of an Inactive license is required every two years on your biannual renewal date. Once your license is renewed to Inactive status the letters ESCR will appear behind your license number.  ESCR stands for escrow.  This is a non-practice status.

Late fees: Licensees will be charged a late fee for renewing late into Inactive status. $20 late fee for licensees & $10 late fee for SWA registrants see below.

 Inactive Status renewal fees for late renewals are listed below:

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC (C license type)

$60.00

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

LPCC (E license type)

$70.00

Licensed Social Worker

LSW (S license type

$60.00

Licensed Independent Social Worker

LISW (I license type)

$70.00

Marriage and Family Therapist

MFT (M license type)

$60.00

Independent Marriage & Family Therapist

LISW (I license type)

$70.00

Social Work Assistant

SWA (W registration)

$30.00

 

Renewing while in Inactive status

Although your license is now Inactive/Escrow status, renewal every two years is required. If you fail to renew your inactive/escrow license on time  your status will change to LAPSED. If your license Lapses, you are no longer in inactive/escrow status and you will need to request Inactive/Escrow status again from the beginning and then renew your license in Inactive Escrow Status by following the steps below** A late fee will apply.

You will receive a renewal notice 90 days prior to your renewal date. If you wish to continue in the inactive/escrow status you simply sign in to Ohio e-license and renew the available inactive license. Continuing education is not required to continue in the Inactive/Escrow status. 

If you wish to continue in the inactive/escrow status for future renewals you will simply sign in to Ohio e-license and renew the available inactive license.   You will receive a 90-day renewal notice via email and may renew any time after you receive that email.  Continuing education is not required to continue in the Inactive/Escrow status.  

If you wish to renew ACTIVE you must complete the required continuing education and submit proof of the continuing education hours into Ohio e-license (not into CE Broker) during the renewal process See requirements for renewing into Active status.

** A licensee may place their license into Inactive status only during the renewal period or after the renewal date, when the license has lapsed. Late fees will apply. If the license is currently ACTIVE, but the licensee is not practicing or out of State, etc. he or she must wait until the renewal period to place a license into Inactive status.

To renew to Inactive Escrow Status: 

Go to e-license.ohio.gov

From your e-License dashboard

Click:

  1. Options
  2. Special Request
  3. License Inactivation

The Board will set your license to the Inactive Escrow Status (you will be notified by email once this is completed).  Once your license status has been changed, you may then log back into eLicense and renew your license. You must renew and pay a fee for your license type by the date specified and every 2 years thereafter. Late fees do apply if you renew your Inactive Escrow license after its expiration date.  For more information click here

Requirements for renewing to Active status from Inactive/escrow status:

 Licensees with an Inactive status may request to return to Active status at any time by renewing  their license.  Click Renew your license  sign into the eLicense.Ohio.gov portal, click options and select Reinstate from the drop down menu. Complete the request and be sure all continuing education requirements are complete and certificates uploaded into the system.  

Additional Ethics Hours:

All licensees and registrants will need a total of thirty clock hours of continuing education which will include six hours of ethics. These hours must be completed within the two years prior to restoration of your license. 

If the licensee previously held supervision designation and would like to supervise after reactivation they will need to re-apply for the designation. Six hours of  approved supervision  hours will need to be completed within the two year period prior to restoration.  Click Renew your license  sign into the eLicense.Ohio.gov portal, click options and select Reinstate from the drop down menu under My Endorsements. Complete the request and be sure six hours of supervision certificates are complete uploaded into e-license. Note: do not upload the certificates into CE Broker because continuing education used to restore an Inactive license to Active cannot be used to renew the restored license.

An Inactive license restored to Active status will be required to renew their license in two years from the date of restoration. In most cases that date will not coincide with the original renewal date of your license.

Renewal after more than five years in inactive status

4757-7-03(C) … applicants for restoration of an inactive license who have not engaged in the practice of counseling, social work, or marriage and family therapy for more than five years prior to the date the individual applies to the board for restoration may be subject to additional requirements. 

Additional requirements may include:

1. Competency based performance appraisals

2. Mentorship

3. Additional continuing education 

4. Extended coursework and/or other learning or training options

E-Mail The renewal coordinator to begin the process.