Dues and Other Fees

You must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas in order to practice law.

Part of the requirements for "good standing" is the annual payment of your dues and fees as mandated by the Supreme Court of Texas.*

In addition, there are other compliance requirements and mandatory payments that we cover in this section.

How to Pay Dues Online Video

Watch a video on how to pay dues online.

Dues Schedule

Learn about the dues structure for lawyers licensed in Texas or elsewhere.

Legal Services Fee

Get deadlines and exemption details.


The attorney occupation tax was repealed by the 84th Legislature. 

Firm Billing

The State Bar of Texas Membership Department has provided an easy tool for firms and other agencies to pay their attorneys' bar dues and the legal services fee collectively at one time.

Student Loan Compliance

What to do if you receive a notice from the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corp about your loan.

Child Support Compliance

A court order can authorize the State Bar of Texas to suspend your law license for non-compliance. Read the details.

How to Pay Dues and Fees

Important dates and payment process details.

Emeritus Status Information

Information on emeritus status for attorneys 70 years of age or older.

Military Waiver for Dues

Find out if you qualify for a military exemption.

Hardship Waiver for Membership Dues

Find out if you qualify for a hardship exemption.

The purpose of the State Bar of Texas is to engage in those activities enumerated at §81.012 of the State Bar Act. The expenditure of funds by the State Bar of Texas is limited as set forth at §81.034 of the State Bar Act and in Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990), and McDonald v. Longley, 4 F.4th 229 (5th Cir. 2021). If any member has a reasonable belief that any actual or proposed expenditure is not within such purposes of, or limitations on, the State Bar, then such member may object thereto and seek a refund of a pro rata portion of his or her dues expended, plus interest, by filing a written objection with the Executive Director. The objection must be made in writing, on the official State Bar Fees Objection Form, addressed to the Executive Director of the State Bar, P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX 78711, or by email to objections@texasbar.com. The objection must be submitted no later than 60 calendar days after the annual audit of the State Bar for the fiscal year in which the transaction objected to occurred is published on the State Bar website. A copy of the State Bar Fees Objection Form may be obtained by written or in person request to the Executive Director or from the State Bar website at https://www.texasbar.com/objections.


Upon receipt of a member's objection, the Executive Director shall within 60 calendar days review such objection together with the allocation of dues monies spent on the challenged activity and, in consultation with the President, shall have the discretion to resolve the objection, including refunding a pro rata portion of the member's dues, plus interest. If the objecting member contests the Executive Director's determination of the member's claim, the objecting member may, within 30 calendar days of notice of the Executive Director's determination, invoke the objection procedures set forth in Section 3.14 of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors Policy Manual, which include an opportunity for the objection to be decided by an impartial decisionmaker. Any refund of a pro rata share of the member's dues shall not be construed as an admission by the State Bar that the challenged activity was not or would not have been within the purposes of or limitations on the State Bar.

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