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Application Guidelines

Information on Social Work Licensure in Iowa

Social Work Licensure in Iowa 

The documents below explain the required steps to complete the application process.  While the process has several steps many of the requirements can be done simultaneously.

Documents may be submitted electronically to the Board office. The Board’s fax number is 515-281-3121. Emailed documents should go to .

To expedite processing a new license request, take advantage of our secure online application.

Click here to Access Online Services or to Apply Online

Applications are reviewed by Board staff as soon as possible, in the order received,  typically within 5 business days.

  • Refer to the Application Guidelines above to determine what steps you can complete while awaiting review.
  • Once your application is reviewed, you will receive an email with an attached letter indicating what additional information is required to approve the license.

Application Rules

The rules below describe the application process for Social Workers.

Scroll down in the Fees Rules to the name of this board to find the application fee.

Examination Information

Examination Information PDF

Supervision Forms 

Supervision Guidance

Supervision prior to July 20, 2022

Supervision Plan

Supervision Report

Supervision starting after July 20, 2022

Supervision Plan

Supervision Report

Application Forms

Due to COVID-19, paper applications will not be processed at this time.  Click here to apply, renew, or reactivate online.  For questions about username and password, please call the State of Iowa Service Desk at 515-281-5703 or 800-532-1174.  For assistance with the online application contact 515-281-0254. 


Related Links

Exam Information

National Association of Social Workers

Code of Ethics

Model Regulatory Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice

NASW Iowa Chapter

1620 Pleasant Street #250
Des Moines, IA 50314
Phone: 515 277-1117




Iowa HHS Bureau of Professional Licensure
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-0254
Fax: (515) 281-3121

Online Licensure Services:


Office Hours:
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays