Please follow the instructions below to properly notify the State Bar of changes in your 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, before you submit 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.
If you wish to transfer to inactive status, please submit the Application for Transfer to Inactive Status. Transfers to inactive status after February 1 will not reduce active fees owed. You may change your status to inactive after February 1; however, you must pay annual fees at the active rate and will not be entitled to a refund because of the change to inactive status.
The State Bar does not have a retired status option; the only voluntary statuses are active, inactive, or resigned. If you simply stop paying annual fees, your license will be suspended. Notification of retirement is also not sufficient to change your status.
Please remember that annual license fees are waived for licensees on inactive status who are 70 years of age on February 1 and will continue to be waived for subsequent years, as long as they remain inactive. Resignation, however, should be considered a permanent step, for attorneys who are certain they would not wish to practice law in California again. Re-admission after resignation would require a reinstatement petition in the State Bar Court, an expensive and time-consuming process which usually entails re-taking most of the bar exam.
If you would like to change your status to resigned, log in to your My State Bar Profile, select “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 you review the information, please print the Voluntary Resignation Form and follow the instructions for final submission.
Please submit a Name Change Form to process your name change request. In order to change an official name, your request must accompany copies of four identity documents; two identity documents showing your former name and two identity documents showing your new name. Please find further detailed instructions on the Name Change Form. If you are changing your name with the State Bar following a gender identity transition, you can indicate this on the form.
Please submit the Transfer of Estate Planning Documents form to notify the State Bar that you are no longer practicing law in the field of Estate Planning and have transferred documents.
For questions, please email the Office of Attorney Regulation at AttorneyRegulation@calbar.ca.gov.