Licensee Renewal Information
Licenses for Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), and Educational Psychologists (LEP) are renewed every two years. The expiration date is shown on the license and renewal notice documents.
Renewing on time is critical, so renew early. Approximately 100 days in advance of a licensee's expiration date, a courtesy renewal reminder is mailed to the licensee's address of record. Manual License Renewal Applications are available in Forms and Publications in case you do not receive a courtesy renewal reminder.
The most frequent cause of delay in renewal processing is an incomplete renewal application. Be sure to double-check that the renewal form is complete. Before mailing, ensure that the continuing education and conviction declaration questions are answered.
Please allow 4-6 weeks from the date the Board receives the renewal application for processing.
If the renewal is not postmarked on or before the expiration date, the license is subject to a delinquency fee. Your renewal must be processed by the Board before the expiration date in order to avoid it expiring. Be sure to send in your renewal to allow sufficient time for processing before your expiration date. If your license expires, you may not practice. In order to restore an expired license, the licensee must pay all renewal fees and outstanding delinquent fees.
If your LMFT, LCSW, or LEP license is expired you should be aware of the following:
- If you are currently practicing, you are practicing with an expired license, which is a violation of law
- An expired license status is public information
- You are not entitled to payment by a client or an insurer for services you perform while your license is expired
- For LMFTs and LCSWs only: If you are a supervisor of a registered MFT Intern or Association Clinical Social Worker, the registrants legally may not provide counseling services while your license is on an expired status. Furthermore, the Intern or Associate cannot accrue supervised experience during the period that a supervisor's license is expired.
Failure to renew within three years of license expiration results in license cancellation. In order to receive a new license, the canceled license holder must apply for the license as if he or she were applying for the first time, meet all requirements, and pass both licensing examinations.
The Board will accept applications for retired licenses as of January 1, 2011. Please refer to the Retired License page for more information.
Please refer to the Inactive Licenses page for information.
Social Security Number Requirement
Disclosure of a licensee or registrant's Social Security Number (SSN) is mandatory. The SSN will be used for tax enforcement purposes, for purposes of compliance with any judgment or order for family support, or for verification of licensure or examination status by a licensing or examination entity which utilizes a national examination and where licensure is reciprocal with the requesting state.
Failure to disclose a SSN will prevent issuance of a renewal license or registration.
Family Support Program
The Department of Consumer Affairs is working with the Department of Social Services, as well as other appropriate agencies, to administer the State Licensing Match System Program. This program prohibits the issuance and renewal of a permanent professional license to individuals who are delinquent in their court-ordered child support payments. In place of the permanent license, a 150-day temporary license or registration may be issued.
State Tax Obligation: EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012
Pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 31(e), the State Board of Equalization and the Franchise Tax Board may share taxpayer information with a board. A licensee must pay his or her state tax obligation and his or her license may be suspended if the state tax obligation is not paid.