IMPORTANT INFORMATION for New Applications
on paper are no longer being accepted. Any application
already received and pending will be REQUIRED to be complete no later
than June 30, 2020, for approval July 17. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS.
If a paper application is received, it will be returned to the
applicant via email, and asked to wait to apply after July 15, when the new system
goes live. All supplemental items listed below: transcripts, fingerprints and
other verifications may continue to be submitted, and encouraged, at
any time with or without a submitted application. We are looking to be
flexible with possible additional approval dates in July and into August.
Supplemental items below may still be worked on and submitted to the board by the appropriate agencies.
A CSWA does not need to complete the application for LCSW. We will provide your Initial LCSW License form, once all requirements have been completed, approved and processed.
Application Step by Step Instructions- Supplemental Items
Application of all license types need to complete the following supplemental items. Please note, you will be submitting your application for licensure one our new licensing system is up around July 15, 2020. You are encouraged, and should go ahead and work on these items listed below. We will collect them for you as they come in and will upload it to your application once it is received.
Previous License Verifications
Any and all professional licenses you hold OR have ever held will need to be verified directly from the board governing the license. If you are verifying a social work license, contact your board or previous board for verification to be sent to our office. Address is listed below. If you have any professional licenses or certifications not related to the social work field, you MUST also send them the Non Social Work Verification Form. Any and all verification forms must be returned to our office at:
Board of Licensed Social Workers
3218 Pringle Rd SE Ste. 240
Salem, Or 97302-6310
Exam requirements -
LCSW Application - Clinical Exam. Must already have passed to apply for LCSW
Clinical exam verification is required for all LCSW applications. It may be verified through previous state license verification, or ASWB score transfer system.
LMSW Application - Masters Level Exam.
A masters level exam is required for licensure of an LMSW, and may be taken after application is approved if you have not already passed the exam . Verification may be obtained through previous state license verification or ASWB score transfer system. If applying for the LMSW, and you have not yet taken or passed the exam, authorization will be provided after the application is approved. The authorization will be good for one year with the opportunity for an extension if necessary. Ask the licensing staff if you have any questions regarding the ASWB exam.
RBSW Application - Bachelors Level Exam
A bachelors level exam is required for licensure of an RBSW, and may be taken after application is approved if you have not already passed the exam . Verification may be obtained through previous state license verification or ASWB score transfer system. If applying for the RBSW, and you have not yet taken or passed the exam, authorization will be provided after the application is approved. The authorization will be good for one year with the opportunity for an extension if necessary. Ask the licensing staff if you have any questions regarding the ASWB exam.
If Applying for a CSWA, there is no ASWB exam required.
If you have already completed any of the above, you may request verification, however it is not required.
3218 Pringle Road SE, Suite 240
The Board requires all applicants to participate in a nationwide fingerprint-based criminal records check. When registering for Fieldprint Oregon, use your zip code to find a location near you. The application is not complete until we receive the background check results. This process may take at least 2-3 weeks for processing, so plan accordingly. Do fingerprinting early.
To schedule a fingerprinting appointment for Live Scan, please follow these simple instructions:
- Visit www.Fieldprintoregon.com
- Click on the "Schedule an Appointment" button.
- Select the State Government for the state you are fingerprinting in.
- Enter an email address under "New Users/Sign Up" and click the "Sign Up" button. Follow the instructions for creating a Password and Security Question and then click "Sign Up and Continue"
- Enter the Fieldprint Code: FPORSocialWorkersDAS
- Enter the contact and demographic information required by the FBI and schedule a fingerprint appointment at the location of your choosing.
An official transcript is required as part of the application process and is to be mailed directly from your graduate school to the Board office at:
Board of Licensed Social Workers
Salem, OR 97302
Please note on your initial application if the name printed on your transcript is different from your current, legal name, and submit documentation showing your name change.
Oregon Rules and Laws Exam
The Oregon Rules and Laws Exam
, together with Oregon's Rules and Statutes, is an open book self-test. Once completed, the exam is mailed, faxed, or emailed back to the Board's office for scoring. As applicable, the Oregon Jurisprudence Exam may be required a second time if there are any changes to Oregon's Rules and Statutes prior to licensure. It is the policy of the Board that all applicants pass the Jurisprudence exam prior to issuance of a license or certificate.
For applications after June 8, please hold on to the exam to upload with your online application after July 15.
Fees for applications will paid online as part of the application process. Application fees are non-refundable, and due prior to application approval.
** The first renewal duration may change slightly depending on the birth month in relation to the approval date.