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Lawyer Registraton FAQs

How do I transfer from an Inactive status to an Active status?

My Professional Liability Insurance information has changed, how do I update it?

Do I need to complete the IOLTA information on the lawyer registration statement?

What if my IOLTA information has not changed from my last registration?

Does the Lawyer Registration office accept electronic payments?

Does the affidavit for Retired or Disable status need to be notarized?

What happens if I do not complete and sign the necessary steps on the statement?

Why did I receive a Certificate of Registration letter instead of a license card?

How can I confirm that my registration payment has been processed?

What is the process for resigning from the Minnesota bar? 

Definition of Registration Terms:

  • Not Authorized
  • CLE R - Voluntarily Restricted
  • CLE Status Involuntarily Restricted by Court Order
  • IOLTA Interest on Lawyers Trust Account
  • Gainful Employment
  • Private Clients
  • Professional Liability Insurance


How do I transfer from an Inactive status to an Active status?

To transfer from an Inactive to Active (Practicing) status, the following two items must be completed:

1.  Contact the CLE office if you are currently under a Restricted status to request that your CLE status be transferred to an Active status.  If your CLE status is currently on an Active status, see item No. 2.

2.  Once your CLE status is Active, contact the Lawyer Registration office to request the transfer.  A registration statement for an additional fee will be emailed to you or if you prefer the statement be mailed. Once the completed, signed statement and payment are received by our office, your status will be transferred to Active (Practicing) and a license card mailed.

If you are currently under a CLE restricted status and wish to keep this status, you can transfer to the Active (Practicing) status, but you will not be authorized to practice in Minnesota.


My Professional Liability Insurance information has changed, how do I update it?

If your liability insurance information has changed, you can contact our office via email, phone, or letter answering the following four questions:

1.      Do you represent private clients?  Yes or No
2.      Are you covered by professional liability insurance? Yes or No
3.      Who is the primary insurance carrier?  Ex:  Minnesota Lawyers Mutual
4.      Do you intend to maintain professional liability insurance for the next twelve
         months? Yes or No.

Please include your name and license number in your correspondence. 


Do I need to complete the IOLTA information on the lawyer registration statement?

All attorneys who are registering under Active status or the Resident-not practicing in Minnesota or Out-of-State categories under the Inactive status must complete and sign the IOLTA information under Step 2 every year.  Only the Retired and 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.  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 are to be reported every year.


Does the Lawyer Registration office accept electronic payments?

Yes.  Please see Payment of Fees section for more information



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 and sign the necessary steps on the 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. 



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 rather than a license card.  Only lawyers authorized to practice in Minnesota courts are issued license cards.  Inactive status includes any attorney who is under the CLE Restricted status, Resident-Not Practicing in Minnesota, Out-of-State Not Practicing in Minnesota, Retired and Disabled.


How do I confirm that my registration payment has been processed?

The date of the last payment processed is now included on each lawyer's record using the Search Lawyer Registration Database.

It is advised to look at this record for confirmation of payment before calling the Lawyer Registration Office.




Definition of Registration Terms

Not Authorized – any lawyer that has a fee status of non-resident, resident not practicing, retired or disabled. This means you are in good standing and are maintaining your license, but you cannot actually practice in MN without changing your status. Contact Lawyer Registration via email or call (651) 296-2254 if you need to change your status.

CLE R (Voluntarily Restricted) – You can be on CLE Restricted status and pay the active fees; however, your license will then be “Not Authorized” * or “not active”. The State of MN requires you to maintain your CLE credits to have an active status. To change this status you will need to contact CLE at (651) 297-7100.

CLE  Status: Involuntarily Restricted by Court Order – A lawyer in this CLE status is not in compliance with the educational and reporting requirements contained in the Rules of Continuing Education. The lawyer has been involuntarily placed in that status by order of the Supreme Court. A lawyer who wishes to transfer from involuntarily restricted status to active status should consult CLE Rule 12 here .

IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) - you are required complete this part of the statement every year, whether it has changed or not and whether or not you are active or inactive (not authorized). If you work for a firm, your firm’s account(s) apply to you and you must list it/them. If there are multiple accounts you will need to list ALL of them.

Gainful Employment – ANY type of employment you receive compensation for whether it is teaching, mediating, etc. If you receive any income from a job in or out of the State of Minnesota you CANNOT file for retired or disabled status. 

Private Clients – if you are practicing law and are NOT a government lawyer or house counsel then you DO have “private clients.” If you are house counsel or a government lawyer that does pro bono or volunteer work, for the purposes of the registration statement we would like you to answer the questions as they pertain to your full-time employment only.

Professional Liability Insurance – You are not required to maintain insurance in the State of Minnesota but you are required to disclose whether or not you maintain it and if so, the name of the carrier. This category was added after the MSBA petitioned the Supreme Court to make this information public. The order was signed by the Chief Justice on July 12th and made effective with the October 1, 2006 billing period. You can view the order here: To update your insurance information, please see here.
 


What is the process for resigning from the Minnesota bar?  

Lawyers who wish to resign from the Minnesota bar may do so by following the procedures described below.  However, this is a major professional decision and one that should not be taken lightly. 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 someday you wish to practice again. 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:

RULE 11. RESIGNATION

This Court may at any time, with or without a hearing and with any conditions it may deem appropriate, grant or deny a lawyer's petition to resign from the bar. A lawyer's petition to resign from the bar shall be served upon the Director. The original petition with proof of service and one copy shall be filed with this Court. If the Director does not object to the petition, the Director shall promptly advise the Court. If the Director objects, the Director shall also advise the Court, but then submit the matter to a Panel, which shall conduct a hearing and make a recommendation to the Court. The recommendation shall be served upon the petitioner and filed with the Court.

A sample of a Petition to Resign and a Proof of Service can be viewed here.

How to resign:

  • Submit an original and one copy of the 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 LPRB.
  • Simultaneously serve a copy of the petition on the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, Landmark Towers, Suite 1500, 345 St. Peter Street, St. Paul, MN 55102-1218.
  • Make sure the petition is notarized, as this saves the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board from having to contact each of the jurisdictions you are licensed in.
  • The petition should include information on other bars you are admitted to and whether disciplinary action has been taken against you by these bars.

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 Lawyer Professional Responsibility Board at 651-296-3952.