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  1. Registering in NY (Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts Part §118)
  2. Registering Online
  3. Creating an Attorney Online Services Account
  4. E-mail Addresses
  5. Instructions for Registering Online
  6. Keeping Attorney Registration Info up to Date
  7. General Website Questions
  8. Certificate of Good Standing
  9. Browser-Based Tools & Tips
  10. Other Information

Registering in NY (Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts Part §118)
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  1. When do I register?
    A biennial registration must be filed within 30 days of the attorney's birthday, in alternating years. Each biennial period runs for the 24 month period from birth month to birth month. See §118.1 (a) - (d)
  2. Who is required to register?
    Every attorney admitted to practice in New York State, whether resident or non-resident, whether or not in good standing, active or retired, or practicing law in New York or anywhere else must file a biennial registration, even if they are not required to pay the registration fee. New York does not have an inactive status as may be available in other jurisdictions.
  3. Who is required to pay a registration fee?
    No fee is required from an attorney who certifies that he or she is "retired" from the practice of law as defined in 22 NYCRR 118.1(g). "An attorney is "retired" from the practice of law when, other than the performance of legal services without compensation, he or she does not practice law [in the State of New York or elsewhere] in any respect and does not intend ever to engage in acts that constitute the practice of law."
  4. How do I register online?
    See Instructions for Registering Online
  5. Why are Social Security Numbers Required?
    Social Security numbers are required in order to administer the collection of revenue from attorney registration fees 42 U.S.C. 405 (c)(2)(C)(i). Social Security number will not be made public. The first five digits will be concealed to protect your identity.
  6. Will Social Security Numbers be made public?
    No, they will not be made public.
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Registering Online

  1. Who can register online?
    In order to register online, an attorney must be an existing registrant (single/multi year or retirement certified) and have one of the following registration statuses:
    • Due to register within 30 days of birthday
    • Delinquent (up to 5 biennial periods)
  2. How many biennial periods can I register for if my registration status is delinquent?
    If you are delinquent for 5 biennial periods or less, you can register online. Otherwise, you will need to register thru the mail.
  3. What do I need to do before I can register online?
    You will need to create an Attorney Online Services Account before you can login and register. See How to Create an Attorney Online Services Account
  4. What do I need to register online?
    You will need:
    • Total number of CLE credits completed and/or the total number of carry-over credits from the prior reporting period
    • The hours of unpaid pro bono legal services provided to the underserved and to the poor, and the monetary amount contributed to organizations that provide such legal services in the last biennial reporting period
    • A credit card, if fees are owed. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. American Express
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Creating an Attorney Online Services Account

  1. What information do I need to create an Attorney Online Services Account?
    You will need your:
    • Attorney Registration Number
    • E-mail Address
    • SSN
    If you do not have a SSN, please contact the Attorney Registration Office to request an alternative enrollment Personal Identification Number(PIN).
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E-mail Addresses Links in this section open in a new window

The NYS Courts maintain attorney e-mail addresses in four distinct systems. Depending on one's preference, an attorney may choose to record the same or different e-mail address(es) in one or more of these systems. As with other data, it is important that these e-mail addresses are kept up-to-date to ensure timely communications. Below are descriptions of the e-mail requirements for each system, together with instructions to maintain or update them:

  1. Attorney Online Services Account E-mail (mandatory)
    When establishing an Online Services account, attorneys are required to submit an e-mail address that will be used by the court system to communicate with them regarding their account or any attorney registration issues. An attorney may request that notification of future biennial registrations be sent to this e-mail address. This e-mail address will remain confidential.

    After completing the steps to initialize an account, this office will send an automatic reply to this e-mail address with instructions to confirm its delivery. Confirming delivery ensures that this e-mail address has been properly recorded.

    Note: Confirmation is not required to proceed to the Attorney Registration or NYSCEF systems.

    To edit
    your Account E-mail, log into Attorney Online Services and click Change Account e-mail under the My Account section found at the foot of the page.
  2. Attorney Registration E-mail (optional)
    Pursant to Part 118 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator, attorneys have the option of reporting an e-mail address as part of their registration record. This address, if reported, is deemed public information.

    To edit your Registration E-mail, log into Attorney Online Services and click Your Information under the Registration section.
  3. NYSCEF E-mail Service Address (mandatory)
    The New York State Courts Electronic Filing (NYSCEF) rules require filers to provide an E-mail Service Address through which service can be made electronically and notices for the court or County Clerk can be transmitted. Before using the NYSCEF system for the first time, you will be prompted to enter an E-mail Service Address. This address will be visible to court staff, County Clerks, and all attorneys and self-represented litigants associated with the user's e-filed cases.

    The NYSCEF application also provides the option to record additional e-mail addresses associated with the user's NYSCEF account. These optional addresses may be alternate e-mail addresses maintained by the user or the e-mail addresses of other persons (e.g., office staff) designated by the user.

    To edit your NYSCEF E-mail Service Address and/or add or delete additional e-mail addresses for NYSCEF submissions, log into NYSCEF and go to the My Account section on the bottom of the page.
  4. CourtDocs Notifications E-mail
    An attorney's CourtDocs Notifications E-mail will default to their Attorney Online Services Account E-mail after they have established an Online Services account. This e-mail address will remain confidential.

    To edit your CourtDocs Notifications E-mail, log into Attorney Online Services and click Change Account e-mail under the My Account section found at the foot of the page.
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Instructions for Registering Online Links in this section open in a new window

  1. Personal Information
    Your personal information currently on file with the Attorney Registration office is shown on the Personal Information page. Review that information carefully and make any corrections or address changes in the appropriate area on the page.
  2. Name Changes
    All name changes (other than correction of misspellings) must be authorized by the Appellate Division in which you were admitted. The Attorney Registration Unit will accept name changes only upon written order from an Appellate Division. Contact the appropriate Appellate Division to obtain instructions for changing your name officially in the roll of attorneys.
  3. Addresses and phone number
    If your address or any other information changes during the biennial registration period, you are required to notify the Office of Court Administration either in writing or by selecting to update your personal information online within 30 days. See §118.1(f). Note that if no business address is provided, the home address becomes public information. §118.2(b)(1). How do I enter a foreign address?
    Enter your street address as it needs to be for delivery in your country. In the City field enter your city, province or district and postal code. If the country is blank, please select your country from our list of US Post Office countries. See the examples below.
    Note: US States, Territories, Possessions, Protectorates and Armed Forces are not foreign addresses. All other addresses are considered foreign. Business Address Example
    International Business of Law
    123 Main Street 2nd Floor
    London W12 7RJ
    United Kingdom

    Business Name, International Business of Law. Street 1, 123 Main Street 2nd Floor.
    City, London W12 7RJ. Country, United Kingdom.
    Home Address Example
    413 Drawbridge Road
    Ottawa ON K2S 0Z7
    Canada

    Street 1, 413 Drawbridge Road. City, Ottawa ON K2S 0Z7. Country, Canada.
  4. E-mail Address (optional)
    If provided, the e-mail address will be made public.
  5. Social Security number
    Social Security numbers are required in order to administer the collection of revenue obtained from attorney registration fees. 42 U.S.C.§405(c)(2)(C)(I). Social Security numbers will not be made public.
  6. Payment or Certification of Retirement
    You will need to choose either Option 1 - to pay or Option 2 - to certify you are retired. Option 1: You agree to pay the registration fee. Payment must be made in US dollars using a Credit Card. Only Visa, MasterCard or American Express will be accepted. Any bank service charges incurred in this transaction are your responsibility. Option 2: You certify that you are retired. The Certification of Retirement may be selected if you meet the requirements for being "retired from the practice of law" as defined in §118.1(g) of the Rules of the Chief Administrator. An attorney who selects this certification does not have to pay the biennial registration fee. New York does not have an inactive status for attorneys. §118.1(g) defines "practice of law", and it provides: "An attorney is ‘retired’ from the practice of law when, other than the performance of legal services without compensation, he or she does not practice law in any respect and does not intend ever to engage in acts that constitute the practice of law."
  7. Attorney Emeritus
    Eligible attorneys (55 years of age or older and with 10 years of experience) may opt to participate in the Attorney Emeritus program by checking the box.
  8. Mandatory Continuing Legal Education
    You must report your CLE activity since your last attorney registration (the "CLE reporting cycle"), which should generally be the prior two years. For newly admitted attorneys the time period may be shorter or longer than two years. See Part 118, §118.1(c).
    All members of the NY Bar are presumed to be practicing law in New York, unless otherwise shown.
  9. CLE Certification Options
    Option 1: Complete if you practiced law in New York during all or part of the CLE reporting cycle and are in full compliance with the credit requirements for that cycle. Report the number of CLE credit hours completed during the CLE reporting cycle. Option 2: Complete if you are exempt from the CLE requirement for the CLE reporting cycle because you: did not practice law in New York (the practice of law does not include the performance of judicial or quasi-judicial functions), were "retired" from the practice of law (as defined in §118.1(g)), or were a full-time member of the military on active duty. See 22 NYCRR §1500.5(b). Option 3: Complete if you cannot attest to either your full compliance with or exemption from the CLE requirement for the CLE reporting cycle. You must apply to the CLE Board for an extension of time in which to complete your CLE credits hours or, if applicable, for a waiver or modification of the requirement. See 22 NYCRR §1500.5(a).
  10. CLE Credit Requirements
    Experienced Attorneys: (Attorneys admitted to the NY Bar more than two years). Experienced attorneys must complete twenty-four (24) CLE credit hours for each CLE reporting cycle, of which at least four (4) must be in Ethics and Professionalism. A maximum of six (6) of these hours may be carried over from the last reporting cycle. Newly Admitted Attorneys: (Attorneys admitted to the NY Bar two years or less). Newly admitted attorneys must complete sixteen (16) transitional CLE credit hours in each of the first two years following admission. The 16 hours must be in these categories: three (3) hours of Ethics and Professionalism, six (6) hours of Skills, and seven (7) hours of Law Practice Management and/or Areas of Professional Practice. If this registration is due less than two years after your admission to the Bar, you may certify that you are in full compliance if you completed at least 16 CLE credit hours in the proper categories during your first year of admission; you must complete the remaining 16 CLE credit hours during the remainder of your second year of admission. If this registration is due more than two years after your admission to the Bar, you may certify that you are in full compliance if you completed the 16 CLE credit hours required for each of your first two years of admission to the Bar.
    Information on New York’s CLE program, including the rules, regulations and guidelines, frequently asked questions and application forms, is available at www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/cle.
    You may also contact the CLE office at (212) 428-2105 or at CLE@nycourts.gov
  11. Report of Voluntary Pro Bono Services and Contributions
    Pursuant to 22 NYCRR 118 You must report your voluntary a) unpaid pro bono services and b) financial contributions made to organizations primarily or substantially engaged in the provision of legal services to the underserved and to the poor during the previous biennial registration period. See also, 22 NYCRR Part 1200, Rule 6.1. You should include services personally provided without expectation of a fee; services that were billed to a client but left unpaid should not be included.

    If you are not currently employed in the private/for-profit, or public/not-for-profit, or government sector, select "Other".

    If you are "retired" from the practice of law as defined in §118.1(g), or employed by an organization primarily or substantially engaged in the provision of pro bono legal services as described above, you may choose not to report financial contributions or pro bono services by checking the box marked "Exempt".

    Additional information on Voluntary Pro Bono Services and Contributions may be found at: www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/probono.
  12. Compliance with Child Support Obligations
    The NYS Legislature has required that, as a condition of renewal of professional license registration, applicants verify their compliance with outstanding obligations to pay child support. See General Obligations Law §3-503.
    Statement 2: You may check if either (1) you are in compliance with any such obligation; or (2) you are not four months or more in payment arrears of child support; or (3) you are making child support payments by income execution, by court agreed payment or repayment plan, or by plan agreed to by the parties; or (4) the child support obligation is the subject of a pending court proceeding; or (5) you are receiving public assistance or supplemental security income. Statement 3: Must be checked if you are four months or more in arrears of a child support payment obligation, and do not meet condition (3), or (4), or (5) supra. Persons who are four months or more in arrears in child support or who have failed to comply with a summons, subpoena or warrant relating to a paternity or child support proceeding may be subject to suspension of their business, professional, drivers and/or recreational licenses and permits including, but not limited to, licenses issued pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law §11-0713. The intentional submission of false written statements for the purpose of frustrating or defeating the lawful enforcement of child support obligations is punishable pursuant to Penal Law §175.35.
  13. Affirmation of Compliance
    This affirmation must be checked if your practice falls within the jurisdiction of either the First or Second Judicial Departments. You should review Part 1200 (Rule 1.15) [former section 1200.46] of the Joint Rules of the Appellate Divisions, as well as 22 NYCRR §603.15 (First Department) and §691.12 (Second Department).
  14. Verification
    Check the box, affirming that all of the statements made are true.
  15. Future Registration Notices (optional)
    By checking this box, you will no longer receive a paper form in the mail. To ensure that you receive e-mails from us, please add NYATTY@nycourts.gov to your address book or to your list of trusted senders.
  16. Demographic Information (optional)
    Providing demographic information is optional. If reporting, select the option on the final success page to report this information.
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Keeping Attorney Registration Info up to Date
and pursuant to §118.1(e) and (f)

  1. How long do I have to update personal information?
    Changes to attorney registration information as outlined in §118.1(e) (opens in new window) must be filed with Office of Court Administration within 30 days of the change.
  2. Can I update this information online?
    Once you have created an account, you can update your business address, home address, and phone number online.
    • Name Changes must be authorized by the Appellate Division in which you were admitted. To obtain instructions for changing your name officially in the role of attorneys, please contact the Appellate Division (opens in new window)
    • For corrections to Name Misspelling, Date of Birth, SSN, and Year Admitted to the NYS Bar, contact the Attorney Registration Unit.
  3. Can I update this information in writing?
    Yes, you may request updates to your registration information by the following means:
    • On the Registration Form
      Cross out the incorrect information and write in the corrected or new information. Return the form with the appropriate fee to the address noted on the form.
    • On the Blue Receipt
      Cross out the incorrect information and write in the corrected or new information. Sign and return the receipt to the address noted on the form.
    • E-mail
      Send and e-mail to the e-mail listed in the Attorney Registration Unit section of the Contact Us page. Requests for address changes will not be accepted if e-mailed from a person other than the attorney.
    • US Mail
      Send mail to the address listed in the Attorney Registration Unit section of the Contact Us page.
  4. What information must I provide to update registration information in writing?
    You must include your:
    • Full name
    • Attorney Registration Number
    • Description of requested update
  5. How do I enter a foreign address?
    See #3 in the Instructions for Registering Online section.
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  1. Do I need a printer?
    No, but it is recommended that you have a printer. It will be needed if you wish to print receipts. Receipts are available for registration and personal information updates completed online.
  2. Once I have an account, what can I do with it?
    At this time, you may login to Attorney Online Services to register, update your personal information pursuant to §118.1 (e) & (f), and view receipts for registration and personal information updates completed online.
  3. What do I need to view and print receipts?
    A PDF viewer is required to view and print receipts. We recommend using Adobe Reader, Download Adobe Reader
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  1. What is a Certificate of Good Standing?
    A certificate of good standing is the only document available to New York attorneys as proof of admission to the Bar.
  2. How can I get a Certificate of Good Standing?
    You can request one from the Appellate Division that admitted you to the NYS Bar.
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Browser-Based Tools & Tips

  1. Where can I find browser-based tools and tips?
    Visit the Accessibility page for all information regarding browser-based tools and tips.
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  1. Who should I contact with resignation questions?
    Contact the Appellate Division of Admission that admitted you to the bar.
  2. What is my New York Bar Number?
    NYS does not have a Bar Number. The registration number, which appears on the biennial registration form, is used for internal Office of Court Administration record-keeping only.
  3. How can I look up my Attorney Registration Number?
    Use the Attorney Directory to look up your registration number
  4. Where can I find CLE Information?
    Visit the CLE Website.
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