Attorney Registration FAQ


What is the Office of Attorney Services?

The Office of Attorney Services maintains registration records of attorneys admitted to the practice of law in Ohio. These records include the attorney's name, business address and phone number, attorney registration number, registration status, gender, date of birth, and law school attended. This office also is responsible for the biennial registration of attorneys admitted to the practice of law in Ohio.

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Who must register with the Office of Attorney Services?

All attorneys admitted to the practice of law in Ohio and non-Ohio attorneys registered for corporate counsel status under Gov. Bar. R. VI, Section 6 (see Corporate Status Registration).

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What are the general registration requirements for newly-admitted attorneys?

Within 30 days of their admission, newly-admitted attorneys must file a Certificate of Registration and, if registering for active status, pay the required registration fee. Failure to register and pay the registration fee timely will subject the attorney to a $50 late fee and possible suspension from the practice of law. Additional information for new attorneys can be found at www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/AttyReg/FAQ_newAtty.asp.

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What are the general registration requirements for attorneys once they are admitted to the practice of law in Ohio?

Active Attorneys and Emeritus Pro Bono Attorneys
On or before the first day of September in each odd-numbered year, attorneys registering for active status must file a Certificate of Registration and pay the required registration fee.

Inactive Attorneys
Inactive attorneys are not required to register biennially. However, they are required to keep their contact information (residence and office addresses, office telephone number, and residence or office email address) current.

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How do I register for the 2019/2021 attorney registration biennium?

The 2019/2021 attorney registration biennium begins Sept. 1, 2019, and ends Aug. 31, 2021. In July 2019, the Office of Attorney Services will mail registration materials to attorneys required to register under Rule VI. The registration fee is $350 for active, corporate counsel, and military spouse attorney statuses. The registration fee is $75 for emeritus pro bono attorneys.  Registration fees are non-refundable.

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What if I miss the deadline for the 2019/2021 attorney registration biennium?

A $50 late fee will be assessed against all attorneys who submit their registrations after the Sept. 1, 2019, deadline.

Attorneys who do not register within 60 days of the filing deadline will be suspended from the practice of law. See, Gov. Bar R. VI.

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What if I am currently registered for inactive status?

Inactive attorneys may not engage in the practice of law. Specifically, an inactive or retired attorney shall not

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How do I register for Emeritus Pro Bono status?

An attorney admitted to the practice of law in Ohio may register for Emeritus Pro Bono status if the attorney:

An attorney seeking to register for Emeritus Pro Bono status must submit the following:

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What legal services is an attorney registered for Emeritus Pro Bono status permitted to perform?

An attorney registered for Emeritus Pro Bono status may perform limited legal services only in association with a pro bono organization as set forth in Gov. Bar R. VI, Section 8.

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Is an attorney registered for Emeritus Pro Bono status required to comply with the Continuing Legal Education rule?

Yes.  An attorney registered for Emeritus Pro Bono status is required to comply with continuing legal education requirements for attorneys on active status.

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How do I change my current registration status?

You may change your registration status for the current biennium through the Attorney Services Portal. You will need your attorney registration number and password to log in. You may also mail in a completed and signed certificate of registration to the Office of Attorney Services.

ATTENTION: Before you change your registration status, be sure to contact the Commission on Continuing Legal Education to determine what effect, if any, this may have on your continuing legal education obligations. Also, if you are changing your status from active to inactive, be sure to read Gov. Bar R. VI, Sec. 5 to ensure that you qualify for such status.

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May I change my registration status for a past biennium?

No; once a biennium has ended, you cannot change the status under which you had been registered for that biennium.

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To whom do I report a change of address and other registration information?

You should notify the Office of Attorney Services immediately of any change of address and other information. You may make these changes to your own record by going to the Online Attorney Portal or you may use the Change of Information and Replacement Card Form. Your email address is not considered to be public. Your residence address is not considered to be public unless you do not provide a valid office address.

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To whom do I report a name change?

Please use the Change of Information and Replacement Card Form to report a name change. Name changes must be accompanied by a copy of the appropriate name change document, such as marriage license, divorce decree, court order, etc.

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What are the general registration requirements for non-Ohio attorneys who are registered for corporate status?

An attorney who is admitted to the practice of law in another state, but not in Ohio, and who is employed by a nongovernmental employer may register for corporate status by submitting a completed Certificate of Registration, Corporate Questionnaire, and affidavit of employer, and paying the applicable registration fee. A corporate attorney may not practice before any court or agency in Ohio on behalf of his or her employer or any person except himself or herself, unless granted leave by the court or agency. A corporate attorney may perform legal services in Ohio solely for a nongovernmental employer as long as the attorney is an employee of that employer.

Registration under corporate status is effective and may be renewed only as long as the attorney is employed by a nongovernmental employer. Attorneys registered for corporate status must comply with the same registration and continuing legal education requirements as active attorneys. Attorneys admitted to the practice of law in Ohio are not eligible for corporate status.

For more information about corporate counsel status and to request materials to register for corporate status, please go to Corporate Status Registration.

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How do I obtain a Certificate of Good Standing?

Certificates of Good Standing are issued by the Office of Attorney Services. You may request a Certificate of Good Standing by completing the Request for Certificate of Good Standing Form. View additional information regarding issuance of these certificates.

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How do I determine if someone is admitted to the practice of law in Ohio?

You may visit the online directory of attorneys or contact the Office of Attorney Services at attyreg@sc.ohio.gov or 614.387.9320.

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How do I determine if an attorney has been disciplined by the Supreme Court?

The Office of Attorney Services has a summary of disciplinary action that may have been taken against an attorney by the Supreme Court. For more in-depth attorney disciplinary information, you should contact the Supreme Court's Clerk's Office. The Clerk's Office can also tell you if a disciplinary matter has been or currently is pending against an attorney before the Supreme Court.

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For what purposes is attorney registration money used?

Registration fees and penalties collected under Gov. Bar R. VI constitute the Attorney Services Fund. Moneys in the fund are used for the following purposes:

On or before Nov. 1 of each year, the Administrative Director prepares and submits to the Supreme Court a report on the activity of the Attorney Services Fund. To review the current Annual Report, go to the Supreme Court of Ohio Publications page.

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Who do I contact if I have additional questions about registration?

You may contact us at:

Office of Attorney Services
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Telephone: 614.387.9320
Facsimile: 614.387.9323
Email: attyreg@sc.ohio.gov

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