All applicants for admission to practice law are required to provide a Social Security number under Business and Professions Code section 30 (California’s tax enforcement provisions) and Family Code section 17520 (Child Support Enforcement Program).
A Social Security number is only used for verifying your identity and making sure you are up-to-date on any court-ordered child and family support payments.
However, if applicants were born, received their legal training or already practicing law in another country, they may not have a Social Security number. If this is the case, file a form requesting an exemption at the same time as registering an account with the bar.
Foreign-educated applicants who have never been admitted to practice law in any U.S. or foreign jurisdiction may register and request a Social Security number exemption form from the State Bar admissions office.
Foreign-educated attorneys must file a Social Security number exemption form at the same time they register with the State Bar.
Request for the exemption form can be done when submitting the online application.
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Applying to the bar as a foreign-educated applicant