Under California Rule of Court Rule 9.9.5, adopted and effective June 1, 2018, active attorneys licensed in California and multijurisdictional practitioners were required to be re-fingerprinted by December 31, 2019. Additionally, an attorney whose license is on inactive status must be fingerprinted prior to being placed on active status, unless they have previously been re-fingerprinted per rule 9.9.5; compliance with the requirement is one-time only. This is done to ensure that the State Bar is in compliance with Business and Professions Code section 6054, which requires the State Bar to receive notifications of attorney arrests and convictions from the California Department of Justice.
Attorneys should log in to their My State Bar Profile for their individual reporting information.
Fingerprinting Rule Requirements for In-State Attorneys
Fingerprinting Rule Requirements for Out-of-State Attorneys
Fingerprinting Rule Requirements for Out-of-Country Attorneys
Fingerprinting Rule Requirement FAQs
Fingerprinting Rule Glossary
My State Bar Profile (for attorneys)
If you have additional questions, please contact the Division of Regulation at FingerprintRequirements@calbar.ca.gov.