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Request Inactive Status

If a State Bar member does not practice law in Texas during any given fiscal year, inactive status may be requested.

Who is NOT eligible for inactive status?

An attorney cannot request inactive status if he or she is a:

  • Member engaged in providing private legal services in any state, whether such services are compensated or uncompensated. Such services include any actions or advice rendered to any person or entity in any matters connected with the law. Such services do not include those rendered solely on behalf of a member's own personal interests;
  • Member of the judiciary, including state, county, municipal, and all other governmental entities. This includes those considered to be administrative judges or judicial officers;
  • Member who is a law clerk, briefing attorney, law librarian, or engaged in an activity that requires researching or briefing the law;
  • Member whose job or position requires the person holding it to be an attorney or possess a law degree;
  • Member who is a full-time or part-time faculty member of any law school and who is either compensated or uncompensated; or
  • Member who is an elected official in a position that requires the member holding that position to be an attorney or possess a law degree

The above list contains primary examples, but is not exhaustive. If you still have questions about eligibility, contact us at the numbers below.

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What an attorney can and cannot do when granted inactive status. The attorney:

  • cannot practice law in Texas
  • must continue to pay annual membership dues of $50.00
  • can/will receive the Texas Bar Journal and annual dues statements, but no other mailings from the State Bar of Texas
  • may be eligible for health insurance through the State Bar of Texas Insurance Trust. Eligibility is determined by the management of the Trust, not the State Bar of Texas
  • may be exempt from compliance with the Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements, provided the attorney was not on the active roll at any time during your MCLE compliance year
  • Any correspondence concerning MCLE requirements should be directed to Nancy Smith, MCLE Department, P.O. Box 13007, Austin, Texas 78711.
  • cannot vote in State Bar elections and referenda (State Bar Act, 81.051)

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The different fee payments based on the dates an attorney applies for inactive status.

Did the attorney apply anytime between June 1 and August 31?

  • If the attorney has not practiced after June 1 of the current fiscal year, and has not paid his or her bar dues:
  1. Complete this form:
  2. Return the completed form, the attorney’s active Texas bar card, and payment of $50.00 payable to the Clerk, Supreme Court of Texas.
  3. Mail to:

    State Bar of Texas
    Membership Department
    P.O. Box 12487
    Austin, Texas 78711-2487

    Dues received after August 31 of a fiscal year must include a $25.00 late fee. This does not apply to members joining the State Bar for the first time.

  • If the attorney has practiced since June 1 of the current fiscal year, please complete steps 1 and 2 above.
  • Please contact the Membership Dept. to determine the appropriate payment that must be submitted at (800) 204-2222, extension 1383.

  • Eligible for a refund? If the attorney has already paid bar dues and the attorney occupation tax/legal services fee, but has not practiced after June 1 of the current fiscal year, the attorney may be eligible for a refund.
  1. Complete this form:
  2. Return the completed form, the attorney’s active Texas bar card, and a written request for a refund in writing prior to September 1 of the current fiscal year, and mail to:
  3. State Bar of Texas
    Membership Department
    P.O. Box 12487
    Austin, Texas 78711-2487

    We will determine your total refund based on your circumstances after you have completed all the requirements above.

Did the attorney apply on Sept. 1 of the current fiscal year or anytime thereafter?

  1. Complete this form:
  2. Return the completed form, the attorney’s active Texas bar card, and payment of $50.00 payable to the Clerk, Supreme Court of Texas.
  3. Mail to:

    State Bar of Texas
    Membership Department
    P.O. Box 12487
    Austin, Texas 78711-2487

    Inactive status cannot be made retroactive to the beginning of the fiscal year.

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General information and contacts.

Members requesting inactive status will receive written confirmation of their State Bar of Texas status along with an inactive Bar card when all requirements have been met.

Please allow 10 business days to complete this process, and to receive your final document/instructions in the mail.

If you have questions, please contact Laury Campbell at (800) 204-2222, extension 1842. You may also email questions to laury.campbell@texasbar.com.

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