As a result of the Board of Governor’s (BOG) and staff’s extensive efforts to ensure that the Bar is operating in the most effective and efficient manner, WSBA will begin charging a handling fee for comity certificates to cover the processing time and resources required for each. The decision was made at the BOG’s July 14 meeting.

On October 15, 2012 two fees will go into effect. There will be a fee assessed for ordering comity certificates and another fee assessed to submit a comity certificate for MCLE compliance. 

New Comity Certificate Fees and Procedures — Effective October 15, 2012

Ordering Comity Certificates

Comity Certificates can be ordered via mail or online.

To order a comity certificate by mail, send a written request and payment to “WSBA – MCLE Comity Certificate Orders” at 1325 4th Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539. Please include the following:

  • Name 
  • Bar number  
  • Number of MCLE comity certificates requested
  • The appropriate fee ($25 plus applicable tax) 
  • Write “MCLE Comity Certificate Order” on the memo line of the check

To order a comity certificate online (beginning on October 15):

  • Go to the "mywsba" website at mywsba.org. (You must have a valid email address on file with the WSBA to access the online system).
  • Click “Login” in the top right corner of the screen. Login using your Bar Number and Password.
  • In the menu on the left side, click MCLE.
  • Click the “Request Comity Certificate of MCLE Compliance” link.

Washington sales tax is based on where the product is delivered. Comity certificates will be mailed to the lawyer’s primary address on file with the WSBA. (Comity certificates will not be mailed to the Oregon, Idaho, or Utah MCLE offices.) To calculate the correct sales tax, go to the Washington Department of Revenue’s website at http://dor.wa.gov and select “I need to find a sales tax rate (GIS).” Out-of-state and federal government orders do not pay sales tax.

Submitting Comity Certificate for MCLE Compliance

Starting on October 15, a $25 fee will be assessed if a lawyer submits a Comity Certificate of MCLE Compliance to meet reporting period credit requirements in lieu of earning 45 MCLE Board-approved credits. No tax will be applied to this assessment. The $25 fee must be paid before a Comity Certificate of MCLE Compliance will be accepted for meeting compliance requirements. Failure to pay this fee may result in suspension for MCLE non-compliance.

Questions

If you have questions about this change, please contact the WSBA Service Center: 206-443-9722 or questions@wsba.org.

Please note: If you order a Comity Certificate before October 15, 2012 there will be no charge. Orders can be placed by calling 206-443-9722 or emailing the WSBA Service Center.


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