How to Apply

If you would like to apply for a Librarian license, it is required that you file with the Secretary of State and renew every two years. Review the requirements and the step-by-step guide below. 

Be sure to provide a valid email address with your application. In order for Board staff to process your application in a timely and efficient manner, all communication from the Board will be conducted through email. 

Please allow 15 business days to process your application. If your application is incomplete and you need to submit additional documentation, please allow an additional 15 days for processing. 

  • Licensure requires completing an application, get it signed and notarized, and pay the required fee. 
  • See specific instructions for application depending on license and application type. 
  • You must submit all the required documentation and fees in order to be considered for licensure. 
  • Renewal is completed online and is required by June 30 of even numbered years. Late renewal period is July 1-July 31 of even numbered years. 

Select your application type to view instructions on how to apply: 

Librarian Licensure

Librarian Reinstatement

Librarian Renewal

After you Apply – What to Expect

  • Processing Time – Applications are generally processed within 20 business days of receipt, excluding weekends and holidays. Applications are individually evaluated by the Board in order of date received, and processing times can vary based on individual circumstances and volume. 
    • If you receive a deficiency letter, your 20-day count restarts when the Board receives your correct and complete documentation.
    • Please Note – Incomplete applications may be withdrawn if noted deficiencies are not satisfied within 60 days of said notification. If your application is withdrawn, you will be required to restart the application process to be considered for licensure, to include submission of all required documents and fees. 
    • Completed applications will be initially reviewed by Board staff and may be reviewed by the Board at an upcoming Board Meeting. Applications must be complete and received at least 15 days prior to a Board Meeting to be added to that meeting’s agenda. Otherwise, the application will be reviewed at the next Board meeting.
  • Check Application Status >>
  • Keep Your Contact Info Up to Date
    • Be sure the email address you include for yourself on your application is correct and current. Email is the primary means of communication used by the Board. 
    • Additionally, it is important for applicants/licensees to update their email address with the Board just as they would update their physical and mailing addresses.
  • Wait For It
    • You may not legally perform services until you hold an active license. 
    • Staff will communicate with you regarding the status of your application.




Certification Up-Grade application




Late renewal




Pocket card


Decorative wall certificate


License verification


Processing Fees - Effective 3/15/2022

  • Online processing fee: $5.00
  • Mail-In processing fee: $10.00

Librarian Licensure

If you have never been licensed before and have completed the requirements including passing your exam, apply for licensure by examination.

Librarian Reinstatement

If you have previously held this license and it has been expired for more than 2 years, submit a reinstatement application and fee.

Librarian Renewal

If you have currently hold this license and need to renew in order to keep your license up to date, apply for renewal before June 30th of the year it expires to avoid late fees.

How to File

Navigate to GOALS to register and login to the license portal >>

To apply by mail: 

Please contact us to request a mail-in application.


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Related Resources

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