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Temporary Licenses
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Please review the instructions below for your license type.

MFT Temporary License Instructions

The temporary MFT license is for new license applicants (or applicants coming into Ohio from other states) who have applied for licensure, scheduled an exam date, and are waiting to take the examination.  The temporary license permits an applicant to practice marriage and family therapy and gain supervised experience while waiting to take the examination. The temporary license is effective only until: a) one year from the date of issuance, b) failure of the exam, or c) withdrawal from taking the exam, whichever comes first. The temporary license is mainly reserved for those applicants that have an employment position pending and are waiting to take the examination.

In order to apply for the temporary MFT license, an applicant first needs to have:

1) Applied for the full MFT license

2) Been approved to test

3) Scheduled a test date

4) Completed the BCI/FBI background checks

5) Had an official transcript submitted to the Board, directly from your school

If you have not yet completed any of those steps, please refer to the MFT application instructions. Only once these steps have been completed, and your test date has been scheduled, are you eligible to apply for the temporary MFT license.

The fee for temporary licensure is $20.  Once you have completed all of the items above, you may contact mft@cswb.ohio.gov to request a temporary license.

LSW Temporary License Instructions

If you have completed every item for your LSW application except for having your official transcripts sent (completed background checks, passed the licensing exam, etc.), you may be eligible for a temporary LSW license.  For information on how to complete your LSW application file, see our LSW licensure instructions

Once you have completed all the other steps for licensure, in order to receive an LSW temporary license you will need to get a letter from your school stating that you are in good standing, that you have met all the academic requirements for your social work degree, and giving the date when your degree will be conferred. See the following rule:

Excerpt from:  4757-19-06 Requirements for social work applicants wishing to obtain a temporary social work license.

(F) A temporary license may be issued by the board to an otherwise qualified applicant for licensure as a social worker who has completed the educational requirements for licensure but is awaiting the actual awarding of the degree. To qualify for the
temporary license the applicant shall submit with the application a letter from the academic institution which will awarding the qualifying degree indicating:
(1) That they are in good standing with the university,
(2) That they have met all the academic requirements for the degree, and
(3) When the degree will be conferred.

If you meet the above qualifications you can contact socialwork@cswb.ohio.gov to request a temporary license.  The fee to apply for the temporary LSW license is $20.