Information on setting up a payment plan; applying for a hardship exemption or armed forces exemption.

Payment Plan

If you are experiencing financial challenges, take advantage of our payment plan option available to all active, inactive and emeritus members. This option allows you to spread your license fee payments over three months using your credit card as indicated below.


Membership     2016 License Fee + Mandatory LFCP Total   Dec. 1   Jan. 1   Feb. 1
Active – Admitted to ANY bar prior to 2014   $385 + $30  $415   $158.33    $128.34    $128.33 
Active – Admitted to ANY bar in 2014 or 2015    $192.50 + $30  $222.50    $94.17    $64.17    $64.16 
Inactive/Emeritus    $200  $200   $66.67    $66.67    $66.66 

How do I set up a payment plan?

  • Our service provider will charge you a separate, non-refundable transaction fee of 2.5% on all bank card transactions.
  • Download the payment plan form and complete the "Optional Deductions and Donations" section to calculate your first payment.
  • The LFCP assessment for Active members must be paid in the first payment.
  • By Dec. 1, 2015, deliver or mail your completed form to the Washington State Bar Association, Attention: Accounting, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101.
  • Complete the other parts of your license renewal on myWSBA or by filing the paper form(s).
  • As required by the WSBA bylaws, the license fee and Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection assessment (for active members) must be paid in full by Feb. 1, 2016. Any balance owing on Feb. 1 will be charged to your credit card at that time.

Contact Mui Bounyavong with questions at 206-727-8286 or

Hardship Exemption

WSBA Bylaw Article III, Section H.5. provides for license fee exemptions due to hardship.

In case of proven extreme financial hardship, which must entail a current household income equal to or less than 200% of the federal poverty level as determined at the time of the application for hardship exemption, the executive director may grant a one-time exemption from payment of annual license fees by any active member. Hardship exemptions are for one licensing period only, and a request must be submitted on or before Feb. 1 of the year for which the exemption is requested. Denial of an exemption may not be appealed.

Supporting documentation may be requested. To request an exemption for the 2016 license year, the form must either be submitted within the online license renewal (Payment section) by the deadline or the paper form must be postmarked or received on or before February 1, 2016. When applying for this exemption, please use your 2015 annual household income. Note: This exemption covers the license fee only. Payment of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection assessment of $30 must be made by February 1, 2016. If your request is denied and payment is not made online or postmarked or received by February 1, 2016, a 30% late fee will be assessed. You will only be denied if you do not meet the criteria outlined in the bylaw. For 2015 federal poverty guidelines, visit the Health and Human Services webpage or download the form.

If you have any questions, you may contact Amy Christensen at 206-727-8243 or

Armed Forces Exemption

WSBA Bylaw Section III.H.1.a.2 provides for a fee exemption for eligible members of the Armed Forces whose WSBA membership is active. Exemption requests for the 2016 licensing year must be postmarked or delivered to the WSBA by February 1, 2016. To apply or for more information, contact Amy Christensen at 206-727-8243 or

An active member of the association who is activated from reserve duty status to full-time active duty in the U.S. armed forces for more than 60 days in any calendar year, or who is deployed or stationed outside the United States for any period of time for full-time active military duty in the U.S. armed forces shall be exempt from the payment of license fees and assessments for the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection upon submitting to the executive director satisfactory proof that he or she is so activated, deployed or stationed. All requests for exemption must be postmarked or delivered to the association offices on or before Feb. 1 of the year for which the exemption is requested. Eligible members must apply every year they wish to claim the exemption. Each exemption applies for only the calendar year in which it is granted, and exemptions may be granted for a maximum total of five years for any member. Granting or denying an exemption under this provision is within the sole discretion of the executive director and is not appealable.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Christensen at 206-727-8243 or

Renew and Pay Online

Log in to myWSBA to renew and pay your license fee in October.