|Board of Social Work|
Phone: (804) 367-4441
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:15 to 5:00
|Other Citizen Services|
Own Your Future: Virginia's Long-Term Care Awareness Campaign
Notice: Applications are typically processed within 30 days of the receipt of a complete file. Due to the increasing volume of applications and related calls, status inquiries by telephone or email for applications that were received in less than 30 days will not be returned. Please refer to your online application checklist to ensure that all items have been received. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions and Licensure Process Handbook prior to contacting the Board office. You are also encouraged to email any questions to email@example.com. Board staff will respond to all messages as soon as possible. Thank you for understanding and cooperation as we focus on ensuring complete applications continue to be processed within 30 days.
New Regulations for the Practice of Social Work Effective December 30, 2015
The Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work have been updated effective December 30, 2015 and are available under “Laws and Regulations.” The fee changes listed within the new Regulations will be effective December 30, 2015. Licensure renewal requirement changes will begin with the 2017 renewal.
Renewal Explanation for 2015 Regulation Changes
|2017 Renewal||2018 Renewal||2019 Renewal||2020 Renewal|
Social Worker (LCSW)
|$90.00||30 hours of CE from 07/01/2015 to 06/30/2017||$90.00||15 hours of CE from 07/01/2017 to 06/30/2018||$90.00||No CE required to renew license||$90.00||30 hours of CE from 07/01/2018 to 06/30/2020|
Social Worker (LSW)
|$65.00||15 hours of CE from 07/01/2015 to 06/30/2017||$65.00||7.5 hours of CE from 07/01/2017 to 06/30/2018||$65.00||No CE required to renew license||$65.00||15 hours of CE from 07/01/2018 to 06/30/2020|
|Registered Social Worker||$10.00||N/A||$10.00||N/A||$10.00||N/A||$10.00||N/A|
|Associate Social Worker||$10.00||N/A||$10.00||N/A||$10.00||N/A||$10.00||N/A|
IMPORTANT APPLICATION UPDATES!
New registration applications and supporting documentation are available for Licensed Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Social Workers effective August 2015. Please be advised that as of December 31, 2015, the Board will no longer accept older versions of these forms.
IMPORTANT PRACTICE INFORMATION!
If you work in a non-exempt setting, you are required to be licensed at the appropriate level or under board approved supervision in order to provide social work services to clients in Virginia in accordance with § 54.1-3701 of the Code of Virginia. For a list of exemptions from licensure, please review the Laws Governing Social Work by clicking here.
- Applicants for registration of supervision or licensure towards Licensed Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Social Worker can apply online. Click here to begin the online application process.
- Existing Licensees can renew a license, change an address and request a duplicate license online.
Applications & Forms
Download Applications and Instructions available from the Board of Social Work.
The following professions are regulated by the Board of Social Work.
- Associate Social Worker
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Licensed Social Worker
- Registered Social Worker
Laws & Regulations
Keep in the know about important laws and regulations:
Laws and Regulations Governing Social Work
View and download the list of available guidance documents from the Board of Social Work. These documents provide information or guidance to the public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations.
Board Members, Meetings and Minutes
Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to common questions
Regulatory Town Hall
The Virginia Department of Planning & Budget has designed a Regulatory Town Hall for anyone interested in the proposal of regulations or meetings of regulatory boards.
- 2013 Healthcare Workforce Data Findings
- Confidentiality of Records of licensed mental health providers
- Examination Pass/Fail Data
- Duty to Report Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation
- Address of Record: Section 54.1-2400.02.B of the Code of Virginia requires the Department
of Health Professions (DHP) to collect an official address of record from
each health professional to be used by DHP for agency purposes. The Code
also requires DHP to provide an opportunity for a health professional
to provide a second address for the purpose of public dissemination. If there is no second (public) address provided, the official address
of record will be used as the public address for the purpose of public
dissemination. If the health professional would prefer that
his/her address of record remain confidential, then an alternative public
address must be provided to DHP. (Note: the License Lookup feature on
the DHP public website does not contain the full address. However, public
addresses are available by contacting Virginia Interactive Premium Service
or the Board.) An individual is not required to submit a place of residence
for either the official address of record or the public address. A post
office box or a practice location is acceptable.
Changes to either address may be made at the time of renewal or at any time by written notification to the Board. Changes to the address of record may also be made at any time by accessing your licensure information through the online system. Any change that is made to one of the addresses does not automatically update the other address. Address information should be kept current for the address of record and the public address (if different from the address of record) at all times.