For certain requests, including 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.
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 Application for Transfer to Inactive Status linked above. 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. Additionally, under California Rule of Court 9.9.5 all inactive licensed attorneys must be fingerprinted prior to being placed on active status. As such, once an attorney has been transferred to inactive status, the attorney will be required to comply with the fingerprinting rule requirements prior to being transferred to active status. See the full fingerprinting rule requirements information.
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. 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.
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.