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BSWE : Renewal

As of January 01, 2014, the Board of Social work Examiners no longer issues paper licenses.

Online Renewal Instructions


You must submit (mail or fax) a copy of the legal documentation of the change.

You may proceed with your online renewal after the change appears on the Board’s website under Verification


IMPORTANT. When entering the Category I Ethics credit hours, please list the hours under its own heading called ETHICS


Before you begin, you will need the following:

  • 1. Internet access. (Home, office, library)
  • 2. Your Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners license number and your Social Security number.
  • 3. Your continuing education certificates for the last 2 year period (11/01/12 – 10/31/14) OR, if your license was issued in 2012, since the original license date.
  • 4. Your Visa or MasterCard if paying by credit card. If you are mailing in the payment, your checkbook or money order
  • 5. A printer, to print a copy of your application and invoice or receipt.



Steps to Renew Online

  • Go to the Board’s website at and click “RENEWALS“and read instructions.
  • At the bottom of the page, click “ONLINE RENEWAL” and proceed to the Logon screen. Choose your level from the drop down menu.
  • Enter the license number (the 5 digit social work license number located in the bottom left hand corner of the license – without the “A” for Associate or “G” for Graduate).
  • Enter the last four digits of your social security number and click the LOGON box.
  • Fill in the information as requested. Note that some areas may already be completed or may be blank. Please revise or enter the information in order to update your record.
  • Part 1: Personal Information. Note: the insurance company, policy number and expiration date of the Worker’s Compensation coverage must be completed IF you employ individuals.
  • Part II: Questions # 1 through # 6 – all must be answered with a yes or no.
  • Part III: Continuing Education Units – for each program provide the following: course title, sponsor’s name, date of program, number of CE hours, select Category I or II and for the Ethics program select Category I Ethics
  • The online program will ONLY process the renewal application IF:  The Category I continuing education credit hours total at least 20 (15 for LBSW's) hours; with at least three Category I credit hours in Ethics; and the grand total is at least 40 (30 for LBSW's) credit hours.
  • Prior to selecting a method of payment, you must certify that all information in the application is correct.
  • Review your application and then click AFFIRM AND MAKE PAYMENT. Note that once submitted, the application cannot be changed.
    • CREDIT CARD: Select Visa or MasterCard Click once to confirm payment. The payment is processed within 1-2 business days. American Express & Discover are not accepted.
    • PAYMENT BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER: Mail your check or money order payable to the Board of Social Work Examiners, along with a copy of the online confirmation. The license will not be issued until payment is received. The Board must receive payment on or before October 31st.
  • Print and retain a copy of your renewal application and the online payment receipt.

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Using Paper Application

You may call the Board to request an application form to be mailed to you or print the instructions, renewal form and CEU report form:

Renewal Application And CEU Report Form including instructions

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FAQ's & Assistance

Frequently Asked Questions on renewal

If you need assistance and would like to email your inquiry or would like to speak to staff, click here.