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St. Paul, Minnesota 55101

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Email: lawyerregistration@mbcle.state.mn.us

License Status Changes

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Fee Exempt – Retired Status
If you would like to file for Fee Exempt – Retired status, you must meet the requirements of the Retired affidavit. See the requirements here. If you meet the requirements, follow these instructions to request your status change:

1. Print the affidavit
2. Sign and date and email or mail back to the Lawyer Registration Office

  • You do not have to have the affidavit notarized
  • Once we process the affidavit, your status will change to Fee Exempt – Retired and your CLE status will change to Voluntarily Restricted
  • You will not receive a license card – instead you will receive a Certificate of Lawyer Registration indicating your Inactive status
  • If in the future you decide to reinstate your license, you will need to contact the Lawyer Registration Office, pay for the current year active license fees, and bring your CLE requirements up to date
Disabled Status – Fee Exempt
If you would like to file for Disabled status – Fee Exempt, you must meet the requirements of Rule 8, as outlined in the Disabled affidavit. If you meet the requirements, follow these instructions to request your status change:

1. Fill out and print the affidavit
2. Sign and date the affidavit
3. Email, fax, or mail the affidavit to the Lawyer Registration Office

Notes:

  • You do not have to have the affidavit notarized
  • Once we process the affidavit, your status will change to Fee Exempt – Disabled
  • You will not receive a license card – instead you will receive a Certificate of Lawyer Registration indicating your Inactive status
  • If you decide to reinstate your license in the future, you will need to contact the Lawyer Registration Office and pay for the current year active license fees
  • Although you are on Disabled status you are still required to fulfill your Minnesota Board of CLE Requirements
Inactive to Active Status
If you want to reinstate your license from inactive to active status, please contact the Lawyer Registration Office. We will generate a registration statement for the difference in fees between inactive and active status. You will also need to bring your CLE requirements up to date by contacting the CLE office.

Resignation

Resigning from the Minnesota bar is a major professional decision. You should only resign if you believe you will never need to practice law in Minnesota. It is not an effective strategy for avoiding registration fees if you wish to practice again someday. There is no administrative procedure for reinstating your license except by reapplying to the Board of Law Examiners and retaking the Minnesota bar exam.

To resign you must comply with Rule 11 of the Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility.

How to resign:

1. Complete a petition of resignation (see an example)

2. The petition should include information on other bars you are admitted to and whether disciplinary action has been taken against you by these bars

3. Have the petition notarized

4. Submit an original and one copy of a notarized petition to the Clerk of Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155, along with Proof of Service that indicates you served the petition on the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility

5. Simultaneously serve a copy of the petition on the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, Landmark Towers, Suite 1500, 345 St. Peter Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

The resignation process takes 4-6 weeks. You will receive a Supreme Court order that removes you from the Minnesota bar.

If you have additional questions about resignation, please contact the Office of Lawyer Professional Responsibility.

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