Maine Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) Guide - 2022

AKA: Maine LMSW License

Last Reviewed: May 9th, 2022

Licensor: Maine SBSWL

Maine Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) Licensure Process

The Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) license is for social workers who have an advanced degree compared to Licensed Social Workers (LSW) and can practice independently in a non-clinical social work setting performing the roles of an LSW and some additional advanced roles. The requirements for this license are provided below:

Educational Requirements

To apply for an LMSW license, you are expected to hold a Master of Social  Work (MSW) degree from a Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program. Otherwise, you must have completed the minimum period of work as an LSW according to the board rules to establish equivalency.

Here you can find all schools offering social work degree programs in Maine.

Examination Requirements

The master’s level examination of the Association of Social Work Boards is a requirement for LMSW licensure in Maine. If you wish to obtain this license, you must first begin your application process to the board, then proceed to the ASWB website to register online.

On the opening page, click the “ Register for the exam”  to proceed. The required fee for the ASWB master’s exam is $230, paid using Visa, Mastercard, or Discover.

An Authorization To Test (ATT) containing all you will need to schedule the exam will be sent by mail.

ASWB automatically sends your score to the board.

Applying  for Licensure as a Master Social Worker

  • Complete the LMSW application form
  • Pay the licensing fee of $70. Also include an extra $21 for a criminal history check. Cash is not allowed, pay via check payable to Maine State Treasurer or use your Visa or MasterCard.
  • Request your official transcript from your approved MSW program and have it sent directly to the board from the institution.
  • Register for the ASWB exam online at a fee of $230.
  • ASWB will send your score to the board and if you passed, you can expect your license by mail.

Note that application forms and other documentation will only be accepted by hand or mail delivery.

The mailing address of the board is: 35 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0035

The office address is 76 Northern Avenue, Gardiner, Maine.