On February 5, 2021 the State Committee for Social Workers received notification that their exam exception request for LMSWs, LBSWs and LCSWs has been approved. Therefore, candidates for the LBSW exam and the LMSW exam can take the exam 60 days prior to graduation. In order for this to occur the candidate needs to request a letter from a designated official at the CSWE accredited university indicating that the individual is on track to graduate in addition to submitting the application for licensure, fee and the required documentation.

Candidates for the LCSW exam can set for the exam once they have completed 2,250 hours and 18 months of supervision. In order for this to occur candidates will need to ensure their supervisor(s) have submitted an email stating the individual has completed at least 2250 hours and 18 months and is on track to finish supervision, in addition to submitting the application for licensure, fee and the required documentation.

Providing Care to Military-Connected Missourians

The Missouri Department of Mental Health has created a web-based interactive map to connect community behavioral health services to service members, veterans and their families. If a licensee would like to be listed on the map, please complete the electronic enrollment form at the following link: Please address questions to DMH Veterans Services at

Telehealth Notice

The State of Missouri social worker statutes require an individual to be licensed clinically if providing clinical services in the state. If the client is in Missouri at the time the services are provided, the professional must be licensed here.


The State Committee for Social Workers voted that for ONLY the 2021 renewal cycle, the 15-hour limit of correspondence courses have been waived. All licensees will still be required to do the required hours of continuing professional education, but these hours can be any combination of live programs, webinars and correspondence courses and other approved methods. Other hourly limits for credits for publications, etc. remain in place. Do not forget that you are now required to complete 2 hours in suicide along with your required 3 hours in ethics.

State Committee for Social Workers' Survey

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Renewal FAQ's

To view frequently asked questions regarding licensure renewal click here.

SB 843 Fee Waiver Statement:

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Veterans - learn about reimbursement for your licensing examination fees.

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Licensure Process

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