Governor Pete Ricketts announced the end of Nebraska's coronavirus state of emergency. The Governor issued the state of emergency declaration on March 13, 2020. It officially ended at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The Governor issued Executive Order (EO) 21-09 to rescind pandemic-related executive orders. With a few exceptions, the coronavirus executive orders will expire on July 30, 2021, which is thirty days after the state of emergency ends. Full text of EO 21-09 is available by clicking here.
License types (click here for list) that were deferred per Executive Order 20-10 will have their expiration dates extended to 10/31/21 and must be renewed by that date.
NOTE: If the license has already been renewed, this deferral and extension does not apply.
Within the next 30 days, the Licensure Unit will send a postcard to those licensees who have not renewed, advising that they will have until 10/31/21 to renew.
To renew, click here. After the renewal processing is complete, the license will reflect the next regularly scheduled expiration date. Click here to print a wallet card to verify the renewed license.
For information regarding Continuing Competency Waivers, click here.
View 172 NAC 94, regulations relating to Independent Mental Health Practitioners, Mental Health Practitioners, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, and Social Workers, in the regulations and statutes box on the right side of this page.
For a brief summary of the regulation changes, click here.
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.