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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 verify their degree in social work and complete the state and federal background check. Additional documents may be requested/required. Applicants will need to check their Dashboard for updates regarding the application once submitted. Please allow 10-15 business days from the date submitted for the Dashboard to be updated. 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.
An official transcript, including the social work degree and date the degree was conferred, is required for all inital 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 will already have this information on file.
Universities may send official electronic transcripts directly to Holly Freeman at email@example.com.
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: Effective January 1, 2019, the FBI will implement a new fee for federal background checks. The current $38.00 processing fee for the state and federal background check will increase to $39.25. Any CRC packets containing money orders submitted to the Board office after December 19, 2018 must contain a money order with the $39.25 fee. CRC packets will be hand delivered to the state police on December 20th (for those containing the old fee) and again after January 1st (for packets containing the new fee). The instructions below will be updated with the fee change once the new fee is in effect as of January 1st.
Background Checks are only valid for 60 days upon receipt from the Louisiana State Police (LSP) without an application. If 60 days passes without an application submitted to the Board, the background check must be completely reprocessed and resubmitted.
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 review the instructions below on how to complete the background check for initial applications. The processing times for background checks are approximately 1-2 weeks if completing 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.
- Criminal Record Check Instructions
- RAP Disclosure Form
- Authorization Form
- Automated Process Form (In-person to LSP only)
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 approve the application.
Endorsement Applications/ Verification Forms
Applicants who are endorsing their license(s) from another jurisdicition to Louisiana must complete the online application via endorsement for the current credential that is equivalent to the credential(s) held in the other jurisdiction(s). 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 verifing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to the Board office.
- Verification of Out of State Licensure (Endorsement applications only-must be submitted to your licensure board)
- Verification of Out of State Supervisor (LCSW Endorsement applications only-must be submitted to your licensure board)
Applicants must meet the requirements and acheive all the milestones for application in order for the Board to review the application. Milestones can be viewed by logging into the site and visiting your dashbaord. Please allow 2-3 weeks for milestones to be updated and at least 6-8 weeks for application approval once the applicaiton is completed.