Updated: March 23, 2021

In light of Gov. Inslee's "Stay Home-Stay Healthy" order originally issued March 23, 2020, our staff is working remotely and there will be some delay in processing anything sent by mail. Please submit all queries via email.


Information about setting up a payment plan and applying for a hardship exemption or armed forces exemption.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are no longer available for the 2021 licensing year. 

For the 2022 licensing year, payments may be made in up to five installments with the balance required to be paid in full by Feb. 1, 2022. To take full advantage of the plan, sign up and pay the first installment in October 2021. 

If you have questions, please contact the WSBA Service Center at questions@wsba.org or call 206-443-9722, toll-free: 800-945-9722.

Hardship Exemption

The deadline to request an exemption for the 2021 licensing year has passed.

WSBA Bylaw Article III, section I.5. provides for license fee and assessment exemptions due to hardship. 
In case of proven extreme financial hardship, which must entail a current annual household income equal to or less than 200% of the federal poverty level as determined based on the member’s household income for the calendar year immediately preceding the calendar year for which the member is seeking to be exempted from license fees, the Executive Director may grant an exemption from payment of annual license fees and assessments by any Active member. Hardship exemptions are for one licensing period only, and a request must be submitted on or before February 1st of the year for which the exemption is requested. Denial of an exemption request is not appealable. A member may be granted a hardship exemption a maximum of two times, on the basis of separate exemption requests, and the exemptions may be granted for consecutive or non-consecutive calendar years. Supporting documentation may be requested.

If you have questions, please contact the WSBA Service Center at questions@wsba.org or call 206-443-9722, toll-free: 800-945-9722.

Armed Forces Exemption

The deadline to request an exemption for the 2021 licensing year has passed.

WSBA Bylaw Section III.I.1.a.2 provides for a fee exemption for eligible members of the Armed Forces whose WSBA license is active. An active member of the Bar who is activated from reserve duty status to full-time active duty in the armed forces of the United States for more than 60 days in any calendar year, or who is deployed or stationed outside the U.S. for any period of time for full-time active military duty in the U.S. armed forces will be exempt from the payment of license fees and assessments for the Client Protection Fund upon submitting to the WSBA 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 Bar’s 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 questions, please contact the WSBA Service Center at questions@wsba.org or call 206-443-9722, toll-free: 800-945-9722.