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Reminder: Update on Mandatory Re-Fingerprinting by April 30, 2019

As we previously announced, all active attorneys licensed in California must be re-fingerprinted by April 30, 2019. Fingerprints must be taken by a licensed Live Scan vendor. Locations for this service can be found here.

Follow the link to find places in your area where Live Scan is available. These locations provide the required service but they do not all charge the same price. For example, you may find that Live Scan at a local police station is available, by appointment, at a nominal fee, whereas the same service at a private establishment will cost much more. The process takes approximately 15 minutes. Be sure to visit and log into My State Bar Profile for your individual reporting information.  To view requirements Click Here.

Failure to timely resubmit your fingerprints will result in monetary penalties (ranging from $75 to $100), and can lead to the Bar changing your status to involuntary inactive.

The State Bar has been working toward a deadline of December 1, 2019, for all active attorneys in California to be re-fingerprinted, under a rule of court adopted by the California Supreme Court in June 2018. To date, approximately two-thirds of California’s 190,000 active attorneys have submitted new fingerprint records. Penalties begin May 1 for those who have not complied by then. Staff updated the Board’s Regulation and Discipline Committee on progress toward the December final deadline and outreach plans before the May 1 penalty deadline.

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