The deadline is Feb. 1, 2023.
Online renewal begins in November.
No. License renewal is now paperless (online only). If you prefer to pay by check (rather than credit card or electronic funds transfer) you may print an invoice online to mail in with a check. Certifications must be done online.
The change to universal online license renewal is being made for a variety of reasons including improving the efficiency in how the WSBA serves its members and decreasing the WSBA’s environmental footprint. The WSBA’s online payment system has recently been upgraded and is, therefore, the most secure way to make payments to the WSBA.
Checks should made payable to WSBA and sent to: WSBA, LB 1035, PO Box 35143, Seattle, WA 98124-5143.
Please see the License Fees webpage.
Credit card: Online only for your security - Please note: Our service provider will charge you a separate, non-refundable transaction fee of 2.5% on all bank card transactions. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Do not send credit card information
via mail, fax, or email.
Electronic funds transfer: Online only – no transaction fee.
Check: Those who renew online will have the option of printing an invoice to mail in with a check.
Logon to myWSBA and click "Edit Addresses" or "Edit Contact Information." Or you may update your contact information within the online renewal process.
Active licensed legal professionals may change to inactive or request voluntary resignation within the online license renewal process. Review WSBA Bylaw article III, section D.1, regarding transfer from inactive to active.
For information on other changes, visit the Status Changes webpage.
If you are in the 2020-2022 reporting period you will be due to certify. Those due to certify must complete credits by Dec. 31, 2022, and certify compliance by Feb. 1, 2023. Learn more.
You may join or renew your practice sections memberships within the online license renewal process. The section membership year is Jan. 1–Dec. 31.
One is an optional charitable donation to the Washington State Bar Foundation to champion justice through support of WSBA’s pro bono and public service, and diversity equity and inclusion programs. An optional charitable donation to Campaign for Equal Justice to support 40+ civil legal aid programs serving families experiencing poverty is also listed. You may opt out or donate a different amount.
All active licensed legal professionals must file this disclosure regardless of whether they have a trust account (Lawyers ELC 15.5, LLLTs APR 28, LPOs APR 12). Visit the Trust Account FAQs page for more detailed information.
Yes, if you who wish to preserve eligibility to transfer to another status upon leaving service as a judicial officer. In that case, you are required to provide annual registry information and pay a $50 annual license fee.
Lawyers and LLLTs may voluntarily report hours of pro bono publico service as defined in RPC 6.1 (lawyers) and LLLT RPC 6.1 (LLLTs) within the online license renewal process. Learn about pro bono service opportunities.
You may complete the other portions of your renewal early and report your service hours online at the end of the year.
If you contributed 50 or more hours, you will be added to the Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll list. Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll members receive commendation in the Washington State Bar News, WSBA website, and Washington State Supreme Court website unless you mark that you prefer to remain anonymous.
Failure to comply with licensing requirements may result in a Supreme Court order of suspension (Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rule 17).