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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.

Need more CEUs? Check out our latest live and on-demand CEU offerings!

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 $60.00 (i.e., $30 for each year in the 2-year cycle).


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

Please see our Licensure Steps page for how to reinstate or restore a lapsed license.


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.

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.

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