Application Information

Effective July 1, 2020 The online application must be completed BEFORE the results of the Criminal Record Check is received by LABSWE.  If the board office receives the results of your background check and your application has not been submitted, you will be required to complete the background check process again. This includes resubmission of the fees associated with the background check. LABSWE is prohibited from storing the results of a background check for an individual who is not currently a social work applicant. 

The Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners offers applications for Registered Social Worker, Licensed Master Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Each of the applications can be submitted online. In addition to submitting the online application, an applicant must submit an official transcript verifying their degree in social work and complete the state and federal background check. Additional documents may be requested/required upon review of the submitted application.

The deadline to have all application requirements, including the results of the background check, to the Board office is 7 days prior to the Board meeting date. Click here for current Board meeting dates.

Applicants must meet the requirements and achieve all the milestones listed on the dashboard  in order for the Board to review the application. Milestones can be viewed by logging into your online dashboard. Please allow 2-3 weeks from the date the application is submitted for milestones to be updated on the dashboard. 

After review of the application by the Board, your online dashboard will reflect their decision within 7-10 business days following the meeting. Please continue to check your online dashboard for updates throughout the application process.

Online applications are valid for one year from the date received by the Board office. If all application requirements are not met by the one year deadline, the application will be considered a no follow through and the applicant will be required to resubmit the application/application fee, background check and possibly additional information in order to complete the application process.


Examination Retakes

Please click the link below to access the retake application:

Examination Retake


An official transcript, including the social work degree and date the degree was conferred, is required for all initial applications. For LCSW applicants who are current LMSWs or applicants who have a lapsed credential as of 2000, a new transcript is not needed as the Board office should have this information on file.

Universities may send official electronic transcripts directly to Holly Freeman at Transcripts sent through email from applicants will not be accepted.

*If your last name on the application is different than the last name on the transcript, you will need to notify the board office. If not, this may delay the review of your application.


LABSWE Student Handbook

This handbook is designed to be a guide for those individuals graduating with a degree in social work.  Click here to download the handbook.


State and Federal Background Check Forms

*IMPORTANT NOTICE*: Due to COVID-19, the LA State Police headquarters has implemented new protocols for anyone going in person for fingerprinting. If you choose the in person option, you must wear a mask to enter the building.  Due to limited seating, they will only allow the person being fingerprinted in the building.  You will need to bring the completed Authorization, Rap Disclosure and Automated Processing forms listed below, your driver’s license/id and a money order made payable to the Department of Public Safety or a credit card to pay the fees. (detailed instructions are listed below)

For LSP/FBI Applicant Privacy Notice, click here.

There are two options to complete the required background check; either in person at the La State Police Headquarters or by mail to the Board office. Please carefully review the instructions below on how to complete the background check for initial applications. Incomplete packets received by the Board office will not be submitted to the State Police until the entire packet is received. The processing times for background checks are approximately 1-2 weeks if completed in person and 6-8 weeks by mail from the date the LA State Police receives the information. The results will be sent to the Board office from the State Police once completed.


Military-Trained Applicants/ Military Spouses

Military-trained applicants and their spouses shall receive a temporary social work practice permit upon completion of the application submitted to the Board office.  For eligibility, the military-trained applicant or spouse must submit a copy of the current orders, transfer or discharge showing honorable discharge from military service. For a military spouse, the orders will be required along with a copy of the applicant and military-trained spouse’s marriage certificate and an original notarized letter stating they are still currently married to the military-trained spouse or former military-trained spouse.  Once this information is received, along with the completed application, a temporary social work practice permit will be issued for a maximum of 90 days from the date of issuance or until the Board meets to review the application.

Endorsement Applications/ Verification Forms

Applicants who are endorsing their license(s) from another jurisdiction to Louisiana must complete the online application via endorsement for the credential that is equivalent to their current credential(s) held in the other jurisdiction(s).  Along with all the other application requirements listed above, LABSWE will need a verification of the credential from each licensing board the applicant holds/held a license with.  For LCSW endorsements, verification of supervision hours completed and the supervisor’s license verification is required. Below are the forms the applicant may submit to their Board(s) to complete and mail directly to LABSWE.  If an ASWB examination was passed to receive the current credential, applicants must contact ASWB to send LABSWE an official score transfer report verifying the passing score. It is also required that the applicant submit the licensing law for each jurisdiction.  This is the section of the law/statue that refers to the qualifications met to receive the credential(s) in the other jurisdiction(s).  This can be found on most social work board websites. Applicants can email the licensing law(s) to or mail to the Board office.



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