For certain requests, including voluntary resignation, name changes, change from inactive or active status, attorneys must fill out the forms listed below and follow the instructions for submission.
For questions, please contact the State Bar's Office of Attorney Regulation at 888-800-3400 or AttorneyRegulation@calbar.ca.gov.
Transferring to inactive status will require the submission of the Application for Transfer to Inactive Status. Transferring to inactive status after February 3 will not reduce active fees owed. A change to inactive status after February 3 is permissible; however the attorney must pay annual fees at the active rate, and is not entitled to a refund because of the change to inactive status.
Under California Rule of Court 9.9.5, all inactive licensed attorneys must be fingerprinted prior to being placed on active status. As such, prior to submitting your Request to Transfer to Active Status form please review and complete the fingerprinting rule requirements. This is a one-time requirement. A status change to active will be effective upon the State Bar’s receipt of the Request to Transfer to Active Status form and compliance with the fingerprinting requirement. Additionally, if applicable, once the annual fees have been adjusted, payment will be expected promptly. See the full fingerprinting rule requirements information.
The State Bar does not have a retired status option, the only voluntary statuses are Active, Inactive, or Resigned. Please remember that licensees officially on Inactive status are not billed any annual fees for the year in which they turn 70 by February 1, or for subsequent years as long as they remain inactive. If you simply stop paying annual fees, your license will be suspended. Notification of retirement is not sufficient to change your status with the State Bar of California. Submission of the Voluntary Resignation Form is required. To voluntarily resign from the State Bar of California, please access the required Voluntary Resignation Form by logging in to My State Bar Profile and selecting “Bar Card, Payment Receipt(s), and Other Documents”. Next, scroll down and select the Voluntary Resignation link. Please take a moment to carefully review the information provided regarding resignation. If resignation is still your choice after reviewing the information, please print the Voluntary Resignation Form and follow the instructions for final submission.
Submit Name Change Form to process your name change request. In order to change an official name, your request must be accompanied by copies of four identity documents; two identity documents showing the requestor's former name and two identity documents showing the requestor's new name. Please find further detailed instructions on the Name Change Form. Attorneys changing their name with the State Bar following a gender identity transition can indicate this on the form.
Submit the Transfer of Estate Planning Documents form to notify the State Bar of California that an attorney is no longer practicing law in the field of Estate Planning and has transferred documents.