Updated: Sept. 29, 2023

Limited Practice Officers

A limited practice officer, or LPO, is a person licensed by the Washington Supreme Court under Rule 12 of the Washington Supreme Court's Admission and Practice Rules (APR). A LPO is licensed to select, prepare, and complete approved documents for use in closing a loan, extension of credit, sale, or other transfer of real or personal property. LPOs have a limited license to practice law, and are held to the same standard of care as a lawyer when performing the services authorized by the LPO license. LPOs are bound by the LPO Rules of Professional Conduct (LPORPC) and, as established in LPORPC 1.9, LPO duties and authority cannot be delegated to a person who is not an LPO.


LPOs are now eligible to receive discounts on select products and services through the Washington State Bar Association.

Rules and Regulations

APR 12

Rules of Professional Conduct (LPORPC)

Rules for Enforcement of Limited Practice Officer Conduct (ELPOC)


Become a Limited Practice Officer
Information on the LPO application and exam.

LPO Exam Results
A list of those who passed the most recent LPO exam and procedures and requirements for admission of LPOs into the Washington State Bar Association

LPO License Renewal
Information for license renewal for LPOs

LPO Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
Information for seminar sponsors and MCLE requirements

LPO Forms
Useful forms approved by the Limited Practice Board

LPO Public Notices
Notice of actions taken against the LPO license