Licensing Area: Social Worker

Contact Information for Frequently Called Numbers

Professional and Vocational Licensing
(808) 586-3000

  • Request an application
  • Inquire about licensing requirements
  • Applicants can check on the status of an application
  • Inquire about licensee maintenance requirements

RICO Consumer Resource Center
(808) 587-3295 or (808) 587-4272

Executive Officer

May Ferrer

(808) 586-2704

Residents on the neighbor islands may call by dialing the following toll free numbers followed by the last 5 digits of the phone numbers above and the # sign:

Kauai 274-3141
Maui 984-2400
Hawaii 974-4000
Lanai & Molokai 1-800-468-4644

Att: SW
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801


License Categories

  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Licensed Bachelor Social Worker
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Triennial June 30, start 6/30/98.

On-time renewals for the licensing period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019 concluded on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Social Worker 2016 Renewal FAQs

All Social Worker (LBSW, LSW) licensees on an “active” status and all (LCSW) licensees must have completed at least 15 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credits that have been approved by the NASW or the ASWB; 3 credit hours shall be in ethics courses. prior to  renewing their license pursuant to HRS §467E-11.

Note: If licensed before July 1, 2013, fifteen (15) CE hours are required.  If licensed between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2016, no CE hours are required.

The Director may conduct a random audit of licensees to determine compliance with the CE requirement.  If selected you will receive a notice from the Program and will have 60 days to submit proof of having complied with the CE requirement.  Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action being taken against your social worker license.  Licensees shall maintain their own CE records.  DO NOT SUBMIT CE CERTIFICATES WITH YOUR RENEWAL APPLICATION.

Failure to timely renew by the renewal date will result in the forfeiture of the license. After the renewal date, the forfeited license may be restored within 1 year and subject to meeting restoration requirements. Failure to restore a forfeited license within 1 year after the renewal date will result in the termination of the license and the person must apply as a new applicant and meet current licensing requirements.

Pursuant to Section 436B-14.5, HRS , any license held by a member of the armed forces, National Guard, or a reserve component that expires, is forfeited, or deemed delinquent while the member is on active duty and deployed during a state or national crisis shall be restored if certain restoration requirements are met. Military Renewal and Restoration Information Sheet.

Regulating Body

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs – Director