Licensure Renewal

LSW and LCSW Licensure Renewal in Illinois

When does my license expire?

​Regardless of when you first receive your license, every license shall expire on November 30 of each odd-numbered year. The holder of a license may renew that license during the month preceding the expiration date of the license by paying the required fee set and complying with the continuing education requirements.

The next license expiration date is November 30, 2023.

If you renew after the November 30th deadline, additional fees are required, CEUs must be submitted, and your license may be suspended temporarily.

Do I need CEUs for my renewal?
  • If this is your first time renewing your LSW or LCSW: you do not need to accumulate 30 CEUs for licensure, but you will still need to apply for renewal.

  • If this is your second or subsequent time renewing: you will need to accumulate CEUs for renewal.

  • If you are renewing your LCSW for the first time AND want to keep your LSW: you will need to accumulate CEUs for your LSW renewal. NOTE: We do not recommend maintaining your LSW if you have an LCSW.

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Where do I renew my license?

The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is the licensing board for all social workers in Illinois. In fall 2021 the department updated their online renewal system to a new portal. All Illinois professionals must now renew their license online via this new portal. 

How much does it cost to renew my license?

 

IDFPR renewal application fees are currently $30.00 every year (i.e., $60 for each 2-year cycle).

 

What if I let my license lapse? How do I restore my license?

While we understand that extenuating circumstances make it so that it's difficult for people to fulfill requirements for licensure renewal, we at the NASW-Illinois Chapter ultimately do not recommend letting your license lapse. This is due to the excessive costs and effort required to restore a license after it has lapsed.

However, if you are looking to restore your license in Illinois, you will need to submit the following information to IDFPR:

For licenses that have lapsed for 5 years or less:

For licenses that have lapsed for more than 5 years:

  • IDFPR licensee application

  • Proof of 30 hours of continuing education congruent with current cycle's CEU requirements earned within 2 years immediately preceding the restoration of the license

  • Sworn evidence of active practice in another jurisdiction OR an affadavit attesting to military service (see Section 11 of the Act) OR proof of passage of the ASWB examination (Masters for LSW or Clinical for LCSW) within 12 months preceding application

  • $200.00

For more details on seeking restoration of a license (LCSW or LSW), review the Social Work Rules (Section 1470.80 Restoration).

How do I update my e-mail or mailing address on my license?

It is the responsibility of each licensee to notify IDFPR of any change of mailing and e-mail addresses. Failure to receive a renewal form from IDFPR shall not constitute an excuse for failure to pay the renewal fee or to renew one's license. (Need to change your contact info? Click here.)

How can I find out when my license was issued?

If you do not know when your licensed was issued, go to the IDFPR website to look up a license.