Lawyer Compliance

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Lawyers can log in to access Fastcase, check and certify MCLEs, edit contact information, opt in or out of the lawyer directory, download forms, and more.

Call the Regulatory Compliance Department at (804) 775-0530.

Calendar of all compliance deadlines – all in Eastern Time

A separate agency, the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners administers the bar exam, processes out-of-state lawyers seeking reciprocity, and initially licenses Virginia lawyers.

Once licensed, all Virginia lawyers must register and maintain their license to practice law with the Virginia State Bar. 

To maintain their license, Virginia lawyers must:

  • Adhere to the Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Pay all annual dues and fees by July 31; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Court has extended the license renewal deadline until September 30, 2020. Lawyers failing to complete annual dues requirements by December 8 will be administratively suspended.
  • Maintain an address of record, contact information, and other information required on the annual dues statement
  • And active lawyers must complete 12 yearly credit hours of continuing legal education by October 31; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Court has extended the MCLE deadline until to midnight EST December 31, 2020. The CLE hours need to be reported no later than 4:45 p.m. EST February 15, 2021.

Lawyers must also register their legal business entities with the Virginia State Bar, and a lawyer seeking to act as a Real Estate Settlement Agent must register with the bar. 

Failure to meet these obligations will result in delinquency fees, possible administrative suspension, and disciplinary action pursuant to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Part 6, Section IV. See extension order by the Supreme Court of Virginia effective April 14 through December 31, 2020. Lawyers failing to complete annual dues requirements by December 8 will be administratively suspended.

I want to….

change my status
learn about requirements as a newly-licensed lawyer
register my law firm or legal business entity
apply for limited admission or registration
register as corporate counsel
register as a Real Estate Settlement Agent
> update my address of record online or via a form
get a certificate of good standing
replace my VSB ID card
> change my name with the bar
> get a third-year law student practice certificate

Updated: Oct 02, 2020