MD Board of
Social Work Examiners
The Online Renewal was open on 07/15/2014 and will remain open until
midnight 10/31/2014 for licensees whose license will expire on 10/31/2014.
As of January 01, 2014, the Board of Social work
Examiners no longer issues paper licenses.
After you have submitted your completed
renewal including fees: You can periodically check
License Verification to see if your license has been renewed.
Welcome to the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners' (BSWE) website.
The purpose of the Board of Social Work Examiners is to regulate the practice of
Social Work in the state of Maryland. The BSWE is a state agency under the
administration of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. It is a
special funded public agency (funds are generated from collecting fees) and
mandated by law to protect the public in three ways:
Setting the Standards
The Board is mandated by statute to license social workers in Maryland and to
develop, control and enforce education and practice standards for social workers
practicing in Maryland.
Maintaining the Standards
The Board investigates complaints to determine whether social workers are in
compliance with the requirements set forth in statute and regulations. Where
violations are discovered, the Board will take action as described in the
complaint process section.
The Board can provide information about the practice of social work and the
Maryland laws and regulations governing licensure and discipline, and the status
of a license. Questions may be via phone, e-mail or letter.
Board meetings are held every second Friday of the month in the Patterson
Avenue Metro Building. The open session of the Board Meeting is open to the
The Agenda for the Board's monthly meeting is
The next regular meeting will be held on
October 3, 2014
at 11:00 a.m. and not on October 10.
The Maryland Board of Social Work encourages you to become a member of MD
Responds. Administered by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
(DHMH), Office of Preparedness and Response (OPR), MD Responds is the primary
resource for emergency public health and medical volunteers for the State of
For those interested in volunteering, please complete the application form
For more information, please visit the