Admission by Motion Information and Application

Qualifications for Admission by Motion

Lawyers admitted to the practice of law in other states or territories of the United States or the District of Columbia are not required to sit for the lawyer bar examination if they present satisfactory proof of admission and current good standing, together with proof of active legal experience for at least three of the past five years immediately preceding the filing of the application.

Application for admission by motion under APR 3(c) may be filed online at anytime. Note that APR 5(e)(4) requires that Admission by Motion applicants must complete the preadmission requirements within one year from the date of filing the application. After one year, applicants must submit a new application and fee. Applicants may withdraw the application at any time subject to a $300 nonrefundable administrative fee. Fees paid to the National Conference of Bar Examiners are also nonrefundable.

Filing an Application for Admission by Motion

The application for Admission by Motion must be completed online through the WSBA Online Admissions System. In addition to filing the application online, applicants must upload the following documents when complete to the online application prior to submitting the application:

  • One signed and notarized Authorization and Release Form. Do not alter this form.
  • One signed Good Moral Character certificate; and 
  • One Certificate of Good Standing from each jurisdiction in which you are or have ever been admitted to practice. 

Application Fees

Admission Requirements

After an application is submitted approved for admission, there are additional requirements that must be met prior to admission. These requirements will be displayed on your online application page.  Please review the New Admittee Process Instructions.



Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington Supreme Court, or the bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, bylaws and policies.

Application Instructions

Find out everything you need to know about submitting an application.

Start an Application

Create an account and apply online. This is not the in-house counsel application.

Washington Law Component

Admission Policies

New Admittee Process Instructions

Rules and Regulations

Links to the Admission and Practice Rules, Rules of Professional Conduct, Bylaws, etc.