Licensing Information

New York State LMSW Licensing Requirements and ASWB Masters Exam Information

Updated: 11/08/19

Becoming a Licensed Master Social Worker in NY

Questions regarding licensure can be addressed to the NY State Board of Social Work at 518.474.3817 (x592) or

For those who are interested in applying for licensure online, you can access the electronic application here. If you prefer to complete the paper application, please follow the instructions below:

  • After receiving email confirmation from ASWB, follow the instructions to choose your test site.

Licensing Webinar with Ben Sher, LMSW
Thursday, December 12th, 2019 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST

Ben Sher, LMSW, the Director of the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning and President of NASW-NYC, will be joining us to discuss the licensing procedure for New York State and New Jersey. At this webinar, you will be receiving a step by step guide for obtaining licensure in both states, as well as have the opportunity to hear the pros and cons of taking the exam earlier in New Jersey. If you have any questions about licensing, this is the event for you!

Join the live licensing webinar, hosted on Zoom.

Limited Permits - for those with a job offer who require a license immediately after graduation (if not working in an exempt agency).

If you you have met the education requirement for licensure as an LMSW, in order to practice licensed master social work prior to passing the examination, you must apply for a limited permit (Form 5) and pay the fee ($70 in addition to the application and fee for licensure, unless you are employed in an "exempt" agency).

Please note that:

  • The limited permit is valid for one year and may not be renewed.
  • You must complete the two-hour Department approved course in the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect or file an exemption using Form 1CE (available on the web) before a permit or license will be issued.
  • You must be under the general supervision of an LMSW or LCSW, who is in the same facility and accessible to you.
  • You can take the ASWB examination every 90 days if you do not pass the first time. If you are at risk of losing your job, the ASWB will waive the 90-day waiting period upon written request.
  • If you have not passed the exam when the limited permit expires you may not practice as a licensed master social worker unless you work in an exempt setting.
Please visit the website for additional information about Limited Permits and Corporate Practice Waivers

New Jersey Requirements for LSW

New Jersey

Becoming a Licensed Social Worker in NJ

  • You may apply to take ASWB Master's exam in last semester of the MSW program. For more information visit the NASW NJ Chapter's website and NJ LSW Checklist. Please note: Licenses in NJ and NY are not reciprocal.

    Review major changes enacted by NJ Social Work Regulations.

  • Download the Application for Pre-approval
    • Obtain an official transcript from the NYU Registrar to send with application. (Note: It will not be a final transcript. It confirms you are in the last semester of study).
    • Submit notarized application with $75 fee to:
      NJ State Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE)
      PO Box 45033
      Newark, NJ 07101
  • NJ Board will send you authorization to sit for the exam.

  • If you take the exam in NY, be certain to indicate that the score should be sent to the NJ Board.

  • After you have passed the exam, download and complete the Application for Licensure as a Licensed Social Worker. The application fee of $75 that you previously paid will be applied to your formal application process.

  • After you have graduated, obtain an official final transcript from the NYU Registrar that states your MSW degree has been granted. Send this, and your fingerprint history with your formal application.

  • Your application must be approved by the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners, which meets during the 2nd week of each month.

  • You will receive a letter advising you of the next steps including payment of the licensure fee. Check the BSWE website. When a license number is listed with your name, you are offically licensed and may begin to work within the scope of practice of a LSW

Licensing in Connecticut



Become a Licensed Master Social Worker in Connecticut (LMSW)

Please refer to the NASW - Connecticut Chapter website for information on obtaining your LMSW in CT. 

  • After receiving your MSW, apply online at the DPH website
  • Application fee is $220.00
  • After receiving approval from CT DPH, register for ASWB Master's Exam
  • Please note that a one-time temporary license is available for those working in a clinical capacity who have not yet taken the exam. It is only available and valid for 120 days beginning with your graduation date.