Renewals are currently on hold, per Executive Order 20-10, for the following professions: medicine and surgery (MDs), osteopathic physicians (DOs), advanced practice nursing, emergency medical services, mental health and social work, nursing, osteopathy, pharmacy, perfusion, psychology, respiratory care, and surgical assistants.
If you hold a license in one of the above professions, you will not be receiving a renewal notice at this time. Your license will not expire on the original expiration date; expiration dates for professions listed above will be extended to 12.31.2020. *This expiration date may need to be adjusted if the state of emergency continues longer*. You can print a wallet card to verify the extended expiration date at dhhs.ne.gov/lookup.
When the state of emergency is lifted, the Licensure Unit will send renewal notices to all licensees. You will then have 90 days to renew by:
NEW: Continuing Competency Waiver Information
NEW: Executive Order: Provisional License Information
Types of credentials issued by Nebraska:
For information on exemptions from Licensure, please see Regulations: 172 NAC 94
Certification Types (title protected):
CMSW or CSW: Anyone may provide “social work" activities/services. Social work activities do not require certification (or licensure); however, you must be certified in Nebraska in order to represent yourself as a Social Worker in Nebraska.
Social work is the professional application of social work values, knowledge, principles, and methods in all areas of social work practice. CSW's cannot practice privately, independently, or autonomously and cannot provide mental health services.
*Adding a certification to your license allows you to use a different title - it does not offer a different scope of practice/activity.
Mental Health Practitioner
Certified Social Worker
The examination you must pass is determined by the area of your degree and what type of credential(s) you apply for in Nebraska.
If your degree is a Masters/Doctorate degree in:
How do I register to take an examination?
The testing registration process is a two-part process.
Expiration Dates and Continuing Education:
Nebraska does not review or approve CE offerings.
If your credential expires, use the following to reinstate:
DHHS Licensure Unit
Attn: Mental Health
PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 1st Floor
Lincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.