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. Out-of-country attorneys must follow the instructions below:
» Request Fingerprint Cards from the State Bar
» Obtain Fingerprints from a Law Enforcement Agency or Fingerprinting Vendor
» Obtain a Receipt for Fingerprint Cards Purchased on My State Bar Profile
» Proof of Fingerprint Cards Submission
» Rejection of Fingerprint Cards Submitted
» Out-of-Country Deadline Extension Request
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Request Fingerprint Cards from the State Bar Back to top
If you live outside the United States you must obtain prepopulated fingerprint cards issued by the State Bar.
To request fingerprint cards:
The State Bar will mail you two prepopulated fingerprint cards once the payment had been received. You should receive fingerprint cards within 60 business days from the initial payment.
Obtain Fingerprints from a Law Enforcement Agency or Fingerprinting Vendor Back to topOnce you have received the two prepopulated fingerprint cards, you must take the following steps to ensure that your fingerprints are properly submitted to the DOJ and FBI:
The State Bar of CaliforniaOffice of Admissions - Re-Fingerprinting Submission845 S. FigueroaLos Angeles, CA 90017-2515
Obtain a Receipt for Fingerprint Cards Purchased on My State Bar Profile Back to TopA receipt can be obtained via your My State Bar Profile. Please follow the steps below:
Obtain a Receipt for Fingerprint Cards Purchased on My State Bar Profile Back to topThe receipt can be obtained by accessing the fingerprinting payment summary screen in your My State Bar Profile Obtain Obtain a Receipt for Fingerprint Cars Purchased on My State Bar Proof of Fingerprint Cards SubmissionAttorneys must submit complete fingerprint cards to the State Bar by April 30, 2019, to avoid penalties. Fingerprint cards mailed to the State Bar must be postmarked by April 30, 2019.
DOJ and FBI fingerprint card processing times can vary. Due to the length of time to process fingerprint cards and potential delays at the DOJ and FBI, out-of-country attorneys are encouraged to submit completed fingerprint cards as soon as possible.
» See more information on the background check process and potential causes for delay (DOJ website).
Rejection of Fingerprint Cards Submitted Back to topOnce received, the State Bar will review the fingerprint cards
for accuracy and
completion. Once assessed and approved for submission, one fingerprint card will be mailed to the DOJ and another card will be kept on file at the State Bar. The DOJ coordinates with
the FBI to conduct background checks. In the event of DOJ and/or FBI rejection,
the State Bar will send the DOJ the second fingerprint card on file.
State Bar policy is to destroy fingerprint cards on file for
attorneys that satisfy the
fingerprint rule requirement. Once the
State Bar is notified of the attorney’s criminal history information or
clearance, the second fingerprint card on file will be destroyed.
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