Licensure by endorsement allows a state or provincial licensing board to recognize a social worker’s existing license in issuing a new one. This reduces the burden on the social worker to provide supporting documentation and expedites the licensing process.

While jurisdictions each have their own laws with different requirements, most will ask you to:

  • Fill out an application for the new jurisdiction and pay a fee.
  • Complete forms requesting verification of a license in good standing from any jurisdiction where you hold or have held a license.

In jurisdictions without provisions for licensure by endorsement, you’ll also need to submit documentation to verify:

  • Education
  • Supervision (if required for licensure)
  • Examination passing score

Provisions in place

Most jurisdictions already have provisions in their statutes for licensure by endorsement.
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