Do the fees I pay to the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) cover my Minnesota lawyer registration fees?
No. This office is not associated with the Minnesota State Bar Association. You must pay your annual registration fees to this office or your license will be suspended.
How do I transfer from an Inactive status to an Active status?
Click here for instructions on transferring from an Inactive to Active (Practicing) status.
My professional liability insurance information has changed; how do I update it?
Click here for instructions on updating your professional liability insurance.
Do I need to complete the IOLTA information on the Lawyer Registration statement?
Yes. All lawyers must complete and sign the IOLTA information every year. Only lawyers with Retired or Disabled status need not complete the IOLTA information. If the registration statement is received without the IOLTA information completed and signed, both the statement and payment will be returned for completion.
What if my IOLTA information has not changed from my last registration statement? Do I still need to complete this section?
Yes. The IOLTA information (including the firm name, name of financial institution, and all IOLTA trust account numbers) must be reported every year.
Does the Lawyer Registration Office accept electronic payments?
What credit cards are accepted for online payments?
Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. We do not accept American Express.
Does the affidavit for Retired or Disabled status need to be notarized?
No. Effective October 1, 2006, the Retired and Disabled affidavits are no longer required to be notarized.
What happens if I do not complete all the required steps and sign my registration statement?
If an incomplete statement is received, the fee will not be processed, and both the statement and payment will be sent back for completion. To reduce the possibility of this happening, complete and pay for the annual registration fees online.
Why did I receive a Certificate of Registration letter instead of a license card?
For lawyers in an Inactive status, a Certificate of Registration is issued instead of a license card. Only lawyers authorized to practice in Minnesota courts are issued license cards. Inactive statuses includes any lawyer who is under the CLE Restricted status, Resident-Not Practicing in Minnesota, Out-of-State Not Practicing in Minnesota, Retired, or Disabled.
How do I confirm that my registration payment has been processed?
The date of the last payment processed is included on each lawyer’s record if you search for your name in the Lawyer Registration Database. We recommend looking at this record for confirmation of payment before calling the Lawyer Registration Office.