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Social Work Licensing

The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 am – 1 pm, and Wednesday, 9 am - 3:30 pm (except holidays).

Office Hours:
The HRLA Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:15 am - 4:45 pm (except holidays).

Social Work Renewals are LIVE

Social Workers Online Renewal:

Letter from the Board

Social Work Renewal 2023 Continuing Education Requirements


If you require assistance from the Board of Social Work, please contact the Board at [email protected]



as of November 8, 2022

Please select link below to access Emergency Rulemaking documents.
Note updated COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers:


DC HEALTH has become aware of a PHISHING PHONE SCAM
in which individuals pose as DC Health representatives to request money.
Please be advised that DC Health representatives will never
contact you with a request for money.

FBI Warns Individuals Employed in the Health Care Industry
of the Ongoing Scam Involving the Impersonation of
Law Enforcement and Government Officials - FBI


Please review Important Notices regarding
Temporary Licensure Requirements


Important Notice regarding Paper Applications (select link): 
DC Health No Longer Accepting Paper Applications (Beginning June 14, 2021)


Please review the application checklist and regulations prior to applying for a license. 

 LSWA, LGSW, LISW, LICSW Checklist by Examination 

LSWA, LGSW, LISW, LICSW Checklist by Endorsement 

LSWA, LGSW, LISW, LICSW Checklist by Re-Examination 

Regulations for Social Work


DC Health’s online licensing application system is now LIVE. (See link below.)


The District of Columbia Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is excited to announce the opening of our new online licensing system. Effective immediately, any healthcare provider who is interested in applying for a new health professional license, or to renew, reinstate, or reactivate an existing license, may do so by going to the below link and submitting an online application. All users are strongly encouraged to review the instructions prior to beginning the process.



Please submit supplemental application documents to: DC Board of Social Work, 899 North Capitol Street, NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002 or to [email protected]

If you require assistance from the Board of Social Work, please contact [email protected]. Individuals may also call the Processing Center at 1 (877) 672-2174 to get an update on their pending application. 


The Board of Social Work regulates the practice of social work in DC, including specialties within the profession. The Board also administers and enforces the law. The Board evaluates applications and administers exams, recommends standards and procedures, and issues licenses. The Board receives and reviews complaints; requests investigations; conducts hearings, issues subpoenas, examines witnesses, and administers oaths; and issues an annual report.

Board of Social Work Members
The Board currently by statute shall be composed of no more than five  (5) members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council of the District of Columbia. The Board consists of five DC residents; of which one shall be a licensed independent social worker (LISW), a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW), a licensed graduate social worker (LGSW), a licensed social work associate (LSWA), and a consumer member.

Continuing Education

All social work Licenses expire on July 31 of odd years. At the time of license renewal all licensees are required to have completed the 40 hours of approved continuing education units including the 6 hours of Ethics (must be done face to face; no online courses are accepted) and 2 hours of LGBTQ training (this can be an online course) and 4 of the total required continuing education shall be in Public Health Priorities. Only 12 hours out of the total 40 hours required can be online. HIV CEU is no longer a requirement. Please be advised that the live/in-person CE requirement has been suspended for this 2023 renewal period.


The Board meets monthly on the fourth Monday. Please note that meeting dates can change.

2022 Board Meetings:

  • November 26, 2022
  • December (Cancelled)

In 2023, the Board plans to meet on the following dates:

  • January 23, 2023
  • February 27, 2023
  • March 27, 2023
  • April 24, 2023
  • May 22, 2023
  • June 26, 2023
  • July 24, 2023
  • September 25, 2023
  • October 23, 2023
  • November 27, 2023

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Contact Phone: 
(877) 672-2174
Contact Fax: 
(202) 724-8677
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Processing Center: M-F: 9 am-1 pm, W: 9 am-3:30 pm; Office Hours M-F: 8:15 am-4:45 pm
Service Location: 

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE