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Bureau of Professional Licensure

Iowa Board of Social Work

Licensure - Application Process & Form

Application Process

The rules below describe the application process for Social Workers.

The following forms are for individuals applying for an Iowa license to practice Social Work. Read the instructions on the application form carefully and review the checklist at the end to ensure all requirements for licensure are submitted. Items not submitted by the appropriate source may delay the licensure process.

Please Note: An application for a higher level of licensure does not relieve the social worker of the renewal or reactivation requirements. A social worker applying for a higher level shall renew the license that is held at the current level at the time of the renewal.

New Rules: Effective July 1, 2013 a master's level social worker who starts a supervised professional practice working towards independent level licensure will need to have a supervision plan on file with the Board prior to starting their supervised professional practice.

Online Services

You may access the online services page by clicking

The new system will allow individuals to complete the following tasks:

· Apply for initial licensure

· Renew your license

· Reactivate your license

· Request a license verification

· Change your address

· Attach documents to your license

· File a complaint

· List of licensees

The professional boards within the Bureau of Professional Licensure require primary source verification of credentials prior to issuing a license in this state. The Bureau is responsible for maintaining all of the information on the website, including licensure information and public disciplinary action. The information provided on the website is the same information provided through verbal and mail verification, and is true and complete to the best of our knowledge. The Bureau believes this site is appropriate for verification information. Licensure information on the above website is updated instantly upon entering new information.