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Out-of-State Social Workers

We welcome social workers who are licensed in other states to apply for licensure in Ohio. If you are currently licensed in another state, we will accept your ASWB exam and supervised experience under endorsement. We will need your ASWB exam score and supervision documents along with your Ohio application. Our rules for endorsement of a social work license can be found in 4757-19-07 

Your first step is to submit the appropriate application and then the other steps can be completed in any order. Please contact the Board if you are not certain which license is appropriate based on your credentials and experience.    

We usually advise out of state applicants to wait until they are in Ohio before completing the BCI & FBI Background check, although if you want to get this done while you are out of state  please visit https://cswmft.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/cswmft/get-licensed/licensing-resources/out-of-state-background-checks for instructions. 

LSW

If you are applying for an LSW, full instructions on how to complete the items below can be found at LSW Instructions 

Documents required for completing an LSW licensure file:

  • LSW application with a $80.00 fee
  • ASWB Bachelors, Masters, Clinical, or Advanced Generalist exam results (exam scores more than seven years old are not considered valid, unless you are actively licensed in another state):

a.) You may contact the ASWB directly at 888-579-3926 and ask them to send your exam results to the Ohio CSWMFT Board (there will be a fee)

Apply online by going to https://elicense.ohio.gov/OH_CommunitiesLogin and creating an eLicense account under New Users.

LISW

If you are applying for an LISW, full instructions on how to complete the items below can be found at LISW Instructions 

Documents required for completing your LISW licensure file:

  • LISW application with $100.00 fee.
  • ASWB Clinical or Advanced Generalist exam results (exam scores more than seven years old are not considered valid, unless you are actively licensed in another state):

a.) ​You may contact the ASWB directly at 888-579-3926 and ask them to send your exam results to the Ohio CSWMFT Board (there will be a fee)

Apply online by going to https://elicense.ohio.gov/OH_CommunitiesLogin and creating an eLicense account under New Users.