Under California Rule of Court Rule 9.9.5, all active attorneys licensed in California must be re-fingerprinted. The State Bar is requiring attorneys to resubmit fingerprints by April 30, 2019. Failure to follow these instructions may be considered non-compliance with State Bar fingerprinting rule requirements and may subject attorneys to penalties. Criteria for requesting a fingerprinting rule accommodation due to disability, illness, accident, or
other circumstances beyond their control are detailed below.
» Criteria for Disability Accommodation
» Disability Accommodation Form
» Verify Identity with a Law Enforcement Agency
» Medical or Other Hardship Accommodation
» Accommodation Request Review Process
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Criteria for Disability Accommodation
are unable to provide fingerprints due to disability and/or permanent
abnormality of the hand should complete a
Disability Accommodation form (BCIA-9010 California Department of Justice (DOJ) form) by April 30,
Attorneys should not complete a Disability Accommodation form for the following circumstances:
Disability Accommodation FormAttorneys will be required to complete a Disability Accommodation form at a local law enforcement agency where the attorney will be required to provide proof of identification.
Verify Identity with a Law Enforcement Agency After downloading and printing the Disability Accommodation form, you must take the following steps:
The State Bar of CaliforniaOffice of Admissions - Re-Fingerprinting Submission845 S. Figueroa StreetLos Angeles, CA 90017-2515
You will receive an email confirmation once your form has been received and reviewed.
Do not mail the form
to the DOJ. The State Bar must receive the form and review for completion. Once
reviewed, the State Bar will mail the form to the DOJ.
Medical or Other Hardship AccommodationAttorneys may notify the State Bar that they are unable
to submit fingerprints in a timely manner due to severe or chronic health related needs such as disability, illness, accident, or
other circumstances beyond their control. Attorneys can contact the
State Bar regarding their circumstance via email at
FPaccommodation@calbar.ca.gov. The State Bar must be notified by April 30, 2019.
Accommodation Request Review Process The State Bar will review all fingerprint accommodation requests on
a case-by-case basis and may require additional documentation. If the State Bar determines that the attorney is unable to submit fingerprints at this time based on the information provided, in most cases the State Bar will provide an extension of time to complete the fingerprinting rule requirements. The State Bar will notify the
attorney through email
or U.S. mail when the request has been received and a decision has been made.
Information in the request determined to be fraudulent will be investigated
and may lead to
disciplinary action. Any questions regarding the process should be emailed to
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