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Application Instructions

The Fair Information Practice Act:  In compliance with Ind. Code 4-1-6, this agency is notifying you that you must provide the requested information, or your application will not be processed. You have the right to challenge, correct, or explain information maintained by this agency. The information you provide will become public record. Your examination scores and grade transcripts are confidential except in circumstances where their release is required by law, in which case you will be notified.

Mandatory Disclosure of U.S. Social Security Number: Your social security number is being requested by this state agency in accordance with Ind. Code 4-1-8-1 and 25-1-5- 11(a). Disclosure is mandatory, and this record cannot be processed without it.

Failure to disclose your U.S. social security number will result in the denial of your application. Application fees are not refundable.

Abandoned Applications: If an applicant does not submit all requirements within one (1) year after the date on which the application is filed, the application for licensure is abandoned without any action of the Board. An application submitted after an abandoned application shall be treated as a new application.

Application Information

  • Apply Online Now!
  • Go to MyLicense.IN.gov and you will either need to create or login to your Access Indiana, single sign-on account. You will complete the online application and submit payment with a credit or debit card. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow the instructions and ensure all requirements for licensure are submitted or requested. You will be contacted by a customer service representative with details of what additional documentation is required to complete your application. Applications are processed in the order received.

  • IPLA Address/Phone Number/Fax/Email/Website: Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
    Attn:  Behavioral Health and Human Services
    402 West Washington Street, Room W072
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
    Staff Phone:    (317) 234-2054
    FAX #:  (317) 233-4236
    Staff Email:     pla8@pla.in.gov
    Website:         www.pla.in.gov
  • ·Basis for Licensure
    • Examination: Applicants who are applying for approval to take one of the approved examinations are required to submit all documentation as listed within the instructions for approval to take the examination through the ASWB.
      • The Board has adopted the Association of Social Work Board’s (ASWB) examinations:
        • Bachelor Level to obtain a bachelor social work license
        • Master Level to obtain a social work license
        • Clinical Level examination to obtain a clinical social work licensure.
    • Reciprocity: Applicants who are currently licensed in another state and have passed the approved examination for the application for which they are applying shall submit all documentation as listed within the instructions.
  • Transcripts, Examination Score Reports, & State Verifications Must Be Sent Directly from Each Entity:  The instructions will provide the list of requirements for each license by basis for licensure. The Board will not be able to accept any transcripts, verification of graduation, examination score reports or state verifications directly from the applicant. All transcripts, verification of graduation, examination score reports and state verifications must be sent directly from those entities.
  • Issuance of License: Upon issuance of your license by the Board, you will be sent an email notifying you that your license has been issued. There will be instructions on how to purchase a license card to be mailed to you or how to download a free license card for immediate printing. You may log in to confirm issuance here.
    • Ind. Code 25-23.6-4-5 requires that an individual who is licensed as a social worker or clinical social worker shall:
      • (1)  Display the license or a clear copy of the license at each location where the social worker or clinical social worker regularly practices; AND
      • (2)  Includes the words “licensed social worker” or the letters “LSW” or “licensed clinical social worker” or the letters “LCSW” on all promotional materials, including business cards, brochures, stationary, advertisements, and signs that name the individual.
    • Therefore, you must either download the free license card or purchase a blue license card to post. IPLA staff cannot print license cards to be mailed or for walk-ins to our office. This service is available on our website at www.in.gov/pla/license.htm.
  • License Expiration Social Worker licenses expire April 1 of even years.
  • Continuing Education: Bachelor of Social Work, Social Workers and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the State of Indiana are required to obtain at least forty (40) hours of continuing education, with at least twenty (20) hours of Category I Continuing Education with two (2) hours of Category I Ethics Continuing Education, to renew their license. A licensee who has been licensed less than twenty-four (24) months will need twenty (20) hours of continuing education with one (1) hour of Category I Ethics Continuing Education to renew their license. A licensee who has been licensed less than twelve (12) months does not need continuing education to renew their license.
    • Detailed information regarding the continuing education requirement is available at the Board’s website at www.pla.IN.gov or you may contact our office by calling (317) 234-2054 or by email at pla8@pla.IN.gov.