Top Tips for a Painless License Renewal

A hand sticking through a laptop giving a bar license card.

Between now and Feb. 1, 2019, staff at the WSBA will process nearly 40,000 license renewals and review and verify MCLE compliance for just over 10,000 members.

On any given day, the WSBA Service Center can generally answer calls on demand, in most cases providing answers to questions after a few minutes on the phone. But as the licensing deadline approaches, wait times increase as members rush to complete the requirements to renew their license.

The WSBA Service Center has a few tips to improve your license renewal experience and to help you avoid any last-minute issues.

Renew Online

The easiest way to renew is online through myWSBA. After logging in to myWSBA, click on “Renew License”. Sign in to view your licensing page.

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Three Sites, One Login

There are three sites related to license renewal: myWSBA.org, licensing.wsba.org, and mcle.wsba.org. Your license number and password is the same for all three sites. You can access licensing and MCLE through myWSBA.

Stay Up to Date

It’s critical to keep your contact information up to date so you won’t miss out on important announcements or reminders regarding your license renewal. This goes double for your email address, which is associated with your online account and will receive any messages about your license renewal or account. Important emails, such as information for a forgotten password, will be sent to the primary email address on file with WSBA.

Requirements in Red

All steps that must be completed to successfully renew your license are marked with a red “Required” flag. Look for the flags to easily identify any remaining mandatory items that need your attention before your license renewal can be marked as complete.

Requirements button

To complete a requirement, click on the “Edit” button and update as needed.

Complete All Disclosures

All active members must complete the trust account information—this is true even if you don’t have a trust account. Likewise, all active lawyers must complete the liability insurance disclosure and all active LLLTs and LPOs must provide financial responsibility information. If you see a “Required” flag, be sure to click edit and complete your disclosure. Please don’t forget these steps if you have an active license!

Certify MCLE

If you are due to certify MCLE compliance, here are a few things to remember to help certification go smoothly:

  • Check your online MCLE roster regularly to make sure all activities are reported.
  • Add any recorded CLE activities that you viewed or listened to.
  • If you attended a live CLE activity but it’s missing from your roster, check with the CLE sponsor.
  • Make sure to certify your compliance by following the four-step instructions on your online roster page.

Please allow some time for WSBA to verify CLE activity and check back later to confirm that your CLE activity is accurate.

Get a Head Start

Renewing early will make sure you have ample time to address any unforeseen issues. Renewing early also allows you to get answers to your questions with less wait time or delay as inquiries from other WSBA members increase substantially as we approach the deadline. Just because you have until Feb. 1, 2019, to complete your renewal doesn’t mean you have to wait until the deadline to get the process out of the way.

Just a Phone Call or an Email Away

The WSBA Service Center is available to help you with your license renewal questions Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us at questions@wsba.org or 800-945-9722. We’re happy to help!