California Occupational License

License Title:
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), License
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Licensing Agency:
     Department of Consumer Affairs
     Board of Behavioral Sciences

Licensing Agency Contact Information:
     Address: 1625 N Market Blvd., Suite S-200
Sacramento,  CA  95834

     Phone Number: (916) 574-7830
     Fax Number: (916) 574-8626

     E-mail Address:
     Internet Address:

License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
Persons engaging in private practice in clinical social work.

Fees: ASW Registration Application: $75; Annual Renewal: $75
Initial Application: $100

Initial License (Max): $100

California Law & Ethics Exam: Taken as an ASW Registrant
Exam Location: Multiple Locations through Exam Vendor

Clinical Exam: ASWB Clinical Exam (taken through the Association of Social Work Boards)

Exam Locations: Multiple.

All required supervised experience gained in California must be accrued while registered with the Board as an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW).

Experience Requirement: Master’s degree from accredited school or department of social work, 2 years of supervised postgraduate experience with no less than 3200 hours.

Examination Information: Once applicant meets all requirements and the Board reviews and approves the application for examination eligibility, the applicant will receive an eligibility notice to take the LCSW Standard Written Examination.

Average Time to Process Application: Allow 60 days.

Renewal Period: 2 years active: $110, inactive: $60.

Special License Requirements: Completion of courses in child abuse assessment and reporting, human sexuality, chemical substance dependency, spousal or partner abuse; fingerprint clearance through the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation; take and pass examinations.

Authority: California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Division 18, Section 1800, et seq. Business and Professions Code, Chapter 14, Section 4990 et seq.
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Occupation TitleSOC Code
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 211023