LMSW Application Forms

Important Notice: DO NOT use Form 1 if you are already licensed in this profession in New York State. A New York State professional license is valid for life unless it is revoked, annulled, or suspended by the Board of Regents. To practice in New York State, your professional license must be registered. To renew your registration online, visit www.op.nysed.gov/renewalinfo.htm. If your registration has lapsed, contact us to request a Delayed Registration Application, or call 518-474-3817 Ext. 570.

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Applicant Checklist ( PDF 80 KB)
You may print and keep this checklist as a reminder of what forms you need to file. This is for your reference and should not be submitted with your application forms. You should also keep a copy of all application forms submitted.

Online Form 1 - Application for Licensure
All applicants for licensure must initially submit Form 1 along with the $294 licensure and first registration fee. You must answer all questions and provide all information requested unless otherwise indicated. Failure to accurately complete all required parts of the application will delay its review. Additional forms below are required based on the licensure requirements of the profession. Do not use Form 1 to renew your existing license.

Continuing Your Application
If you have started an application within the past 30 days, and have not yet completed it, you can use this link to continue your application. You will need your Application ID, Social Security Number, and Date of Birth.

Upload Additional Documentation
If you have already completed an application, but you have additional documents or files to include in your previous submission, use this link to upload additional documentation. You will need your Application ID and Date of Birth.

Address/Name Change Form - Optional ( PDF 22 KB)
You are required to notify us within 30 days of any name or address changes. Please read the instructions and complete the appropriate sections of this form.
 
Form 2 - Certification of Professional Education - ( PDF 17 KB)
This form must be submitted directly by the educational institution(s) you attended. The Office of the Professions will not accept this form if submitted by the applicant.

  • Section I: Complete this section before sending the entire form to your school. Be sure to sign and date item 9.
  • Section II: The Registrar must complete this section and return both pages of the form in an official school envelope with requested documents directly to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form.

If you attended a social work program not registered as licensure-qualifying by the New York State Education Department, you must also ask your school to submit an official transcript or marksheets.

Please photocopy this form as needed.

Electronic Transcript Service

The Office of the Professions (OP) will accept official electronic transcripts from educational institutions (i.e. colleges/universities) or designated third-party* transcript entities located in the United States provided that:

  • The transcript is the certified true and official academic record and the document does NOT have an expiration date**.
  • OP can independently verify that the transcript is received directly from the educational institution’s registrar or officially designated third-party.
  • If a third-party transcript provider is involved, it is clear that the educational institution has designated the third party as the official sole provider of its transcripts.
  • The applicant had no opportunity to directly access or alter the transcript before it is sent or transmitted.
  • Any educational institution transcript submissions should be made electronically to DPLSEduc@nysed.gov***.

*OP will only accept third-party submissions after we have determined that the arrangement between the educational institution and the third party is consistent with our security and verification standards.

**Transcript documents with expiration dates cannot be accepted. Expirations on links to the document are acceptable.

***Do NOT use this email to submit a question, as we will be unable to provide a response. Submit a Contact Us Form for questions regarding specific applications or to check the status of a licensure application.

Form 3 - Verification of Other Professional Licensure/Certification - ( PDF 18 KB)
Complete this form if you hold, or ever held, a license or certificate to practice any profession* in any jurisdiction.

This form must be submitted directly by the licensing/certifying authority. The Office of the Professions will not accept this form if submitted by the applicant.

  • Section I: Complete this section before sending the entire form to the licensing/certifying authority of each jurisdiction in which you are or have been licensed/certified. Be sure to sign and date item 8.
  • Section II: The licensing/certifying authority must complete this section, sign, date and return both pages of the form directly to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form.

NOTE: A Form 3 is not required for licenses/certificates issued by the New York State Education Department.

*Profession is defined as professional titles licensed under New York State Education Law. (See page 2 of the Address/Name Change Form ( PDF 22 KB) for a list of those titles.)

Form 5 - Application for Limited Permit - ( PDF 18 KB)
  • Section I: Complete this section before having your prospective supervisor complete Section II. Be sure to sign and date item 9.
  • Section II: Ask your prospective supervisor to complete this section.

Return the completed form with the $70 fee to the Office of the Professions at the mailing address at the end of the form.

Form 6 - Plan for Supervised Experience - ( PDF 28 KB)
  • Section I: Complete this section before having your prospective supervisor complete Section II. Be sure to sign and date item 9.
  • Section II: Ask your proposed supervisor must complete this section.

Return the completed form with the $10 fee to the Office of the Professions at the mailing address at the end of the form.
 
Child Abuse Certification of Exemption Form ( PDF 17 KB)
This form is not for all applicants. Use this form only if you are applying for an exemption to the requirement to complete training or coursework in the identification of child abuse and maltreatment because the nature of your practice excludes contact with persons under the age of 18 and persons 18 or older with a handicapping condition who reside in a residential care school or facility.

New York State Institutions/Schools

This form is for use by New York State Institutions/Schools only. Not to be used by individuals. This form must be submitted directly by the educational institution. The Office of Professions will not accept this form if submitted by the applicant.

Form 20 - Certification of Graduation from a MSW Program Registered as licensure-qualifying ( PDF 550 KB)
For use by New York State Institutions registered by the Department as leading to social work licensure. This form may be used by schools in lieu of individual Form 2s for students who have graduated from the program.
Last Updated: August 29, 2019