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Board of Social Work

Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico Virginia 23233-1463

Phone: (804) 367-4441
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Image of Asian tiger mosquito. Zika. www.ZikaVA.orgPrimarily a mosquito borne disease, the Zika virus is most impactful in warmer seasons when illness can be transmitted by insects carrying the virus from one person to another.  In fact, 15 cases have been reported in the Commonwealth as of May 12, 2016.  Maintaining a keen awareness for the transmission and treatment of Zika virus infection is an imperative for healthcare practitioners.  The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) offers a variety of related information and tools on its website.

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Application Information

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 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
Licensed Clinical
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


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.


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.

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Applications & Forms

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The following professions are regulated by the Board of Social Work.

Laws & Regulations

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Laws and Regulations Governing Social Work

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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.

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Board of Social Work Calendar of upcoming Board meetings and minutes from past Board meetings.  View the current Members of the Board.

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