Understanding How to Leave, and Rejoin, The Utah Bar

Reinstatement, Resignation and Readmission

Lawyers should be aware of the process of reinstating their Bar license after suspension, the availability of resignation from the Bar, and the process of readmission to the Bar after resignation. The following information does not apply to limited licenses which have separate provisions.

Reinstatement within three (3) years of Suspension for Failure to Renew.

A lawyer whose license has been suspended for failing to pay any required fees  for (3) years or less may be reinstated by paying the licensing fees at the Inactive Status rate for each of the years suspended plus the current licensing fee, the current Client Security Fund assessment and a $200 reinstatement fee. RLDD 14-508.

Suspension for Failure to Renew after three (3) years

A lawyer whose license has been suspended for failing to pay any required fees for three (3) years or more is deemed to have resigned and must file an application for admission to the Utah State Bar and be approved by the Character and Fitness Committee, pay a $1,000 application fee and comply with all the other requirements for admission. This process may take several months. RLDD 14-508 and Rule 14-717(a) Rules Governing Admission; fees established by policy.

Resignation from the Bar

If there are no disciplinary matters outstanding or pending and he or she is not currently suspended from the practice of law, a lawyer may resign from the Bar by submitting a request for resignation without Discipline pending which can be obtained by contacting the Licensing Department. If there are disciplinary matters outstanding or pending or he or she is currently suspended from the practice of law, a lawyer may submit a written notification of resignation, which will not be effective unless approved by the Office of Professional Conduct. Section B.1(h)(6.2), Bar’s Policies and Procedures.

Regardless of when the lawyer resigned, he or she must pay the Bar licensing fee, court enrollment fees, and retake the required oaths. 

Readmission is limited to four opportunities a year; October, February, May and August. Rule 14-716.

Readmission to the Bar after Resignation without Discipline Pending

A lawyer who resigned without discipline pending who wishes to be readmitted must file an Application for Admission to the Utah State Bar and be approved by the Character and Fitness Committee, pay a $1000 application fee and comply with all other requirements for admission. This process may take several months. Rule 14-717(a), Rules Governing Admission. An applicant for readmission is not required to take the Bar exam.