Virtually every state requires either certification or licensure of professional social workers. The regulations differ from state to state, as do the levels of practice that are regulated. Moreover, states often revise their licensing policies, eligibility standards and laws. To obtain current information on licensing call the state board in your area for specific local requirements. If you are planning to move to a new state, call the new state to inquire about reciprocity.
For general information about licensing see our FAQ and Regulatory Issues pages.