Limited Practice Officer Examination

Part of the application process for becoming a licensed limited practice officer is passing the LPO exam. The exam is given twice a year in both Seattle and Spokane. It consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, two to four essay questions, and a problem section in which a sample closing transaction is completed. Four hours are allotted for the exam.

The next exam will be held Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

The deadline to apply for the October exam is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.

Applicants should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of real property law, real estate law, APR 12 and regulations, and the LPO Rules of Professional Conduct. Applicants also will be tested on their selection, preparation, and completion of the required forms for a closing transaction.

If you have questions, please contact

Download the Application and Required Forms

Find the LPO Application Packet in the right column of this page. Review the instructions and resources in the application memo. The application may instruct you to use a separate form to report specific information. Find the form in "Forms 1–6" posted in the right column.

There is a $200 application and exam fee due when the application is submitted to the WSBA.

Carefully review the application and ensure all answers are complete and accurate. You may need to seek records at the courts or produce documentation to complete the application. We encourage you to complete and submit your application early in the registration period, particularly if there are disclosures to review.

Character and Fitness Review

All applicants are subject to a character and fitness review prior to being admitted to the limited practice of law in Washington state. The practice of law is a privilege, not a right. Answering “yes” to any question does not automatically disqualify an applicant. Answering completely and honestly is most important. Determining good moral character and fitness to practice is determined by evaluating each applicant's cumulative history as a whole; an isolated incident in an applicant’s past generally does not raise concerns.  The application information is verified and evaluated for issues that raise a substantial question regarding the good moral character and fitness of the applicant. (See also APR 20 - Character and Fitness Definitions and APR 21 – Factors considered.)

Common questions

Do I have to list my divorce as a civil action? 
Yes. Complete form 3.

If I got a speeding ticket and it was dismissed, do I have to report it?
Yes. Complete form 5T for any traffic tickets received.

I was caught shoplifting as a teenager, do I have to report it?
Yes. Complete form 5 with as much information as you can provide.

Withdrawing your Application

To withdraw your application, please contact the WSBA at If you withdraw at least 14 days prior to the exam, the examination portion of your application fee ($100) will be refunded. The $100 administrative fee will not be refunded. If you withdraw within 14 days of the exam, no portion of your application fee will be refunded.

Fingerprint Card

Please make an appointment with an approved provider for fingerprinting. See approved providers here.

Confirmation Letter

You should receive a separate confirmation letter with details regarding the time and location of the exam. If you fail to receive your confirmation letter two weeks prior to the exam, please contact the WSBA at

Preparing for the Exam

We recommend that you review and understand the suggested study topics thoroughly to assist you in preparing for the exam.

A course on the fundamentals of Washington real estate law is offered by the Rockwell Institute.

Books that you may find helpful

  • "The Complete Guide to Washington Real Estate Practices," Fourth Edition, by Alan Tonnon. Available from or from the Law Offices of Alan Tonnon; 425-451-0130, ext. 3020.
  • "Washington Real Estate Law," by Alan Tonnon. Available from the Law Offices of Alan Tonnon; 425-451-0130, ext. 3020.
  • "Washington Real Estate Law," by Kathryn Haupt and David Rockwell. Available from Rockwell Institute; 800-221-9347.

LPO exam refresher courses are offered by:

Please note that this information is provided as a courtesy only; courses are not endorsed by the Limited Practice Board or the WSBA.

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.

LPO Exam Pass List

Successful applicants and exam statistics

LPO Application Packet

Instructions and Information – please print for reference and study.

Application – fillable PDF.

Supplemental Pages – complete and print only the pages necessary.

LPO Study Topics

View a list of suggested study topics for the LPO exam (included in the application packet).

Review APR 12 and other LPO rules and regulations here. Access approved forms here.  Applicants are expected to have a thorough understanding of the LPO scope of practice permitted under the license.

Note: The Board suggests close study of a real estate law textbook in addition to a prep course and in-office training on form selection and preparation.

Exam Dates and Deadlines

Fall Exam: Oct. 2, 2017
Applications due at WSBA office by 5 p.m., Aug. 4, 2017
Applications accepted June 1–Aug. 4.

Exam time: 1–5 p.m.

Seattle testing location:
WSBA office
1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle

Spokane testing Location:
Hampton Inn
2010 S. Assembly Road, Spokane