If you have questions on licensing, please contact the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR).
THE NEXT DEADLINE FOR LICENSURE RENEWAL IS NOVEMBER 30, 2015.
If you have further questions on LSW or LCSW licensing, please contact the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Due to the fact that the NASW Illinois Chapter does not handle licensure in the state of Illinois, we must direct all questions (regardless of membership status) regarding licensure to the IDFPR. If you have questions regarding Type 73 Certificate please contact the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) at 217.782.4321.
To register for the licensing exam, you must contact the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) who issues the exam.
Unfortunately, we do not have any other additional resources (other than what is on this page) or special access to assist you in this process. We do sympathize with you regarding the wait time and difficulty of navigating the system. We can only encourage you to stay on hold and keep at it; eventually you will get through and will receive the answer from IDFPR and/or ISBE you need.
All specific questions concerning licensure, and individual license, or a particular application for licensure MUST be directed to IDFPR.
Illinois statute requires that any person engaged as a social worker (except in some cases if employed by the United States government or in some cases by the state of Illinois—and only if verified by IDFPR) must be licensed. No person may represent her/himself as a licensed social worker or licensed clinical social worker without obtaining the proper license.