License Renewal FAQs

When is the deadline?
When can I renew online?
When will I receive my license packet?
Should I mail the paper form if I renew online?
How much is my license fee?
How can I update my contact information?
How can I change to a different membership class?
Am I due to report MCLE this year?
Can I certify my MCLE credits online without starting the online licensing process?
How can I join or renew section memberships?
What are the donations listed along with the license fee?
Do I have to file the Professional Liability Insurance Disclosure?
Do I have to file the Trust Account Declaration?
Do I have to renew my Judicial membership?
Do Administrative Law Judges have to certify MCLE compliance?
How can I report pro bono service hours?
What if I don’t complete my license renewal or MCLE certification?

When is the deadline?

The deadline is Feb. 2, 2015. The License Renewal and MCLE Certification (for members who are due to report) must be completed by February 2, 2015. MCLE credits must be completed (if applicable) by Dec. 31, 2014.

When can I renew online?

Online renewal begins Oct. 15.

When will I receive my license packet?

Mid to late October. If you haven't received your packet, you may complete your entire renewal online or contact the WSBA Service Center to request a replacement packet.  If you signed up for paperless license renewal, you will receive an email reminder instead of a paper packet.

Should I mail the paper form if I renew online?

No. If you renew online and/or certify MCLE compliance online, please do not mail those forms.

How much is my license fee? 

The full Active license fee is $325 plus the $30 LFCP assessment. The inactive license fee is $200. Learn more on the License Fees page.

How can I update my contact information? 

Log in to myWSBA, click My Profile and Edit My Contact Info. Or you may update your contact information within the renewal process.

How can I change to a different membership class? 

Active members renewing online may change to Inactive or request Voluntary Resignation within the online license renewal process. Active members using the paper form may change to Inactive on p. 2 of the form. Review WSBA Bylaw Article III, Section C.1 regarding Transfer from Inactive to Active.

For information on other changes, visit the Membership Changes page.

Am I due to report MCLE this year? 

If you are in the 2012-2014 reporting period you are due to report. To find out, log in to myWSBA, click My Profile and MCLE to verify your reporting period. Members due to report must complete credits by Dec. 31, 2014, and certify compliance by Feb. 2, 2015. 

Information about viewing or editing your MCLE roster and certifying compliance can be found in the Members Guide to MCLE.

Can I certify my MCLE credits online without starting the online licensing process?

Yes. You can submit your certification directly from your online MCLE roster page after your credits are complete. Click on the “Submit MCLE Certification (C2) Form” link in the upper right section of the roster page. To reach your online MCLE page “Login” at mywsba.org, click the “My Profile” tab (top of the page), then click the blue MCLE link on the left side.

How can I join or renew section memberships? 

You may join or renew your Practice Sections memberships within the online license renewal process or using the Section Membership Form in your license packet. As the Section membership year is Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, we encourage you to join or renew sections in October to receive the full benefit of the membership.

What are the donations listed along with the license fee? 

An optional charitable donation to the Washington State Bar Foundation to help advance justice through support of WSBA’s public service and diversity programs. An optional charitable donation to LAW Fund's Campaign for Equal Justice to support our state's poorest families and individuals is also listed. You may opt out or donate a different amount to the Bar Foundation or LAW Fund. 

Do I have to file the Professional Liability Insurance Disclosure? 

All Active members must file this disclosure even if they do not have liability insurance. (APR 17). Visit the Professional Liability Insurance FAQs page for more detailed information.

Do I have to file the Trust Account Declaration? 

All Active members must file this disclosure regardless of whether they have a trust account. (APR 17). Visit the Trust Account FAQs page for more detailed.

Do I have to renew my Judicial membership?

Yes, if you who wish to preserve eligibility to transfer to another membership class upon leaving service as a judicial officer. In that case, you are required to provide annual registry information and pay a $50 annual license fee.

Do Administrative Law Judges have to certify MCLE compliance?

Yes, Judicial members who are administrative law judges must report MCLE credits in the same manner as Active members.

How can I report pro bono service hours? 

You may voluntarily report your hours of pro bono publico service as defined in RPC 6.1 within the online license renewal process or using the paper renewal form. Learn about pro bono service opportunities.

You may complete the other portions of your renewal early and report your service hours online at the end of the year.

If you contributed 50 or more hours, you will receive commendation in NWLawyer and the WSBA website unless you check the box stating that you prefer to remain anonymous.

What if I don’t complete my license renewal or MCLE certification? 

Failure to comply may result in a Supreme Court order of suspension of your license to practice law (APR 17).

Renew and Pay Online

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

What You Will Need

Credit card number, expiration date, verification code and the name on the card

If applicable:
Whether you are covered by Professional Liability Insurance
Institution, Branch/City and IOLTA Account number(s)
MCLE records
Pro bono service hours