October 2020 Grade Release Date Announced

The results of the October 13, 2020 Bar Examination are scheduled to be released on Friday, November 20, 2020.

Supreme Court names Registrant Advocate

Please see the press release dated September 3, 2020 for specific information.

First applicants for Florida’s temporary supervised legal practice program approved

Please see the press release dated August 28, 2020 for specific information.

Florida Supreme Court enters order concerning the rescheduling of the online bar examination and authorization of temporary supervised practice program

On August 26, 2020, The Florida Supreme Court entered an order in re: COVID-19 Emergency Changes to the Administration of the July 2020 Florida Bar Examination — Rescheduling of Online Bar Examination and Authorization of Temporary Supervised Practice Program.

Florida Supreme Court issues pandemic order establishing supervised practice program for Bar applicants

On August 24, 2020, The Florida Supreme Court entered an order establishing the supervised practice program for 2020 bar applicants. Applicants who qualify should submit the Application for Temporary Supervised Practice form to the board, via portal upload through the applicant portal, fax to (850) 414-6822, or mail to 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions are frequently asked about admission to The Florida Bar. Each of the questions below is linked to its corresponding answer.

October 2020 Examination

What is the format of the October 2020 examination?What subjects will be tested on the October 2020 Bar Exam and what law applies?Will applicants be able to work on multiple essays during the essay portion? How will the lunch break work? Will I be able to navigate back to questions out of order in the MC section? Does the software have any type of highlighting or elimination option for the MC section?Will scratch paper be allowed for the examination?How will the October 2020 Bar Examination be scored?Will I receive the same accommodations for the October 2020 examination I was previously granted by the board?Can I take the examination if I do not have a webcam?Can I still apply for the October 2020 examination?Are applicants allowed to take the exam in a room with other people or bar examinees?Are watches or stop watches allowed? Will I be able to see the amount of time remaining as I take the exam?Can I wear headphones or ear buds during the examination? Can I wear ear plugs during the examination? Will restroom breaks be permitted? [updated 9/4/20]If I need water to take medication, will water be allowed on the table? Are snacks/drinks allowed on desk/tabletop?Is the online exam an open book exam?What if I cannot take the exam remotely on October 13, 2020?Given the change in examination dates, can I receive a refund of my application fees?Will the deadline for the February 2021 examination be extended for applicants who are not successful on the October 2020 examination?Who is the registrant advocate, and how can I contact the registrant advocate? [added 9/3/20]Will ExamSoft provide a walkthrough of the exam software? [added 9/4/20]When will the ExamSoft software be available? [updated 9/28/20]Is ExamSoft able to deliver over 3,000 exams at one time? [added 9/4/20]What are Minimum System requirements for Windows and Mac devices? [updated 9/18/20]Will Mac's new operating system (OS) macOS Big Sur be compatible with Examplify or should I wait to update my Mac OS?​ [added 9/21/20]Can I use an external camera and microphone? [added 9/4/20]What if my computer comes with a Virtual Camera or Virtual Camera Software installed to operate the installed camera on the device? [added 9/4/20]May I use my iPad or tablet to take the remote exam? [updated 9/4/20]Do I need to disable my antivirus software to download Examplify? [added 9/4/20]Do I need an internet connection during the exam? [added 9/4/20]Do I need high speed internet to upload the exam and monitor files? [added 9/4/20]What is ExamSoft's policy regarding collection of my data, including biometric data? [added 9/4/20]Will I have to wait until the exam and monitoring files upload before starting the next session? [added 9/14/20]How do I verify that my exam files and ExamMonitor files have uploaded? [added 9/14/20]What should I do if my computer freezes during the exam? [added 9/14/20]How can I ensure that my camera is working correctly and recording my video? [added 9/14/20]How can I ensure that my baseline image was captured correctly and that I will not have any issues verifying my identity on the exam day? [added 9/14/20]Will proctors reviewing the monitoring videos have access to my personal information? [added 9/14/20]What types of behavior will be flagged by the Artificial Intelligence and during the review by proctors? [added 9/14/20]What is the examination schedule for October 13, 2020? [added 9/14/20]Will spellcheck be available on the October 2020 examination? [added 9/14/20]What are the deadlines for registering my computer and completing the mock examinations in advance of the October 2020 examination? [Updated 9/28/20]Can I use an external monitor, keyboard, and/or mouse and cooling pad? [added 9/18/20] When will grades be released for the October Bar Examination? [added 9/24/20]Does the board have any tips for using Examplify software? [added 9/28/20]

Temporary Supervised Practice Program

Can I qualify for the supervised practice program if I was never in line for the July 2020 bar exam?Can I participate in the supervised practice program if I'm admitted in another jurisdiction?What if I haven't received a letter of clearance as to character and fitness from the Board?How do I know if the dean of my law school has certified me as being of good character and competent legal ability? What type of work can I do as part of the supervised practice program?How do I submit the completed Application for Temporary Supervised Practice form? I had a ticket for the July 2020 exam, but postponed. Can I participate in the supervised practice program?Who can be my Supervising Attorney?Can I have more than one Supervising Attorney?I graduated from law school before 2020, but never registered to take a bar exam before the July 2020 exam because I was a judicial clerk. Can I participate in the supervised practice program?If I took the August 2020 MPRE and don't have a prior passing MPRE score, can I participate in the program?Do I have to take the October 2020 examination to participate in the Supervised Practice Program?Is there a fee for applying to the Supervised Practice Program?How do I sign the Application for Temporary Supervised Practice?What title can I use to refer to myself while in the Supervised Practice Program?Can I be partners with a Supervising Attorney?Can a Supervised Practice Participant work in an in-house legal department?Can a client be billed for my services?When do I need a client’s written consent to work on a matter?Are there forms for the consents to be filed in court or administrative proceedings?Can I appear in court outside the presence of the Supervising Attorney if the judge allows it?Can I sign a pleading or other court filing?Can I take or defend a deposition?Can I participate at mediations?Can I appear in federal court?Does the Supervised Practice Program affect an attorney’s or law firm’s malpractice insurance?When does the Supervised Practice Program end?How many applicants have been approved for participation in the Temporary Supervised Practice Program? [updated 9/24/20]

General Admission Information

How is COVID-19 affecting Florida Bar Admissions?How can I contact the Florida Board of Bar Examiners? How do I apply? How do I submit the required fingerprints?Must I enter my Social Security number?Must I provide documentation of my U.S. citizenship or immigration status?When should I file my application?May I register as a first-year law student? Is it still possible to file a student registration as a second-year law student?May I file a student registration as a third-year law student?How do I meet the clearance requirement for the Certified Legal Internship (CLI) program?What fees do I pay to take the examination and apply for admission?Does Florida have reciprocity with any jurisdiction?Does Florida accept MBE scores transferred from other jurisdictions?How do I have my Florida MBE score transferred to another jurisdiction?May I fax documents and information to the board?What is my file number and why does it change?How can I apply for accommodations under the ADA?May I apply now if I have been disbarred from Florida?May I apply now if I have been disbarred in another jurisdiction?May I apply now if I am suspended for disciplinary reasons in another jurisdiction?May I apply now if I am a convicted felon or serving felony probation?May I apply now if I have previously been denied admission to The Florida Bar?What recent changes have been made to the rules?Does Florida allow spouses of the military to apply for a temporary admission to The Florida Bar?Does Florida have a program to assist lawyers or law students with substance misuse or mental health?What does the Florida Bar Application ask about an applicant’s mental health?I sought counseling for stress or anxiety while I was in law school or as a practicing lawyer in another state. Do I need to report my treatment for stress or anxiety on my Florida Bar Application?Will my mental health information be kept confidential?What does the Florida Bar Application ask about substance use?What is conditional admission?Is conditional admission confidential? I am an out-of-state lawyer who is interested in conditional admission in Florida. Will the board accept monitoring by another state’s lawyer assistance program as documentation of sobriety?Is there case law regarding the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar?

Bar Application

What are the questions on the bar application?What does it mean that a bar applicant must possess "good moral character?" What is disqualifying conduct?How does the board determine the appropriate weight and significance to be given the prior conduct?What rights does a bar applicant have when appearing before the board for a formal hearing?When should I amend my Bar Application?How do I get a copy of my previously filed Bar Application?When will my investigation be completed?Can I confirm receipt of application materials by telephone?Can a screen reader be used to complete the Florida Bar Application and the Florida Bar Examination Application?

Bar Examination

When is the bar examination given?What are the eligibility requirements for taking the bar examination?What must be filed for the bar examination and when?What is the NCBE number and why must I provide it?Can I use my laptop to take the bar examination?What is permitted in the examination room?If I bring a backpack, purse, cell phone, or other items to the examination site that are not permitted in the examination room, where can I store them?Will I be permitted to leave the examination room during the examination to get water or use the restroom?What if I have a medical condition or other circumstance that requires me to have items not normally permitted in the examination room or to have special seating arrangements?What if I am a nursing mother who needs to pump during the examination?How do I find information about the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination? How do I find information about hotels in Tampa?What law school courses will help me pass the Florida Bar Examination?Does the board offer any study materials?What bar review courses are available?How are General Bar Examination grades released?Can I postpone from taking the General Bar Examination?

Creating an Online Account

How do I create an online account with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners?What is Two Factor Authentication?What Two Factor Authentication app should I use?What if I do not have a smart device?What are scratch codes and why might I need them?Where do I find scratch codes for my profile?What if I get a new smart device?What if I lose my smart device?What if I need to change my profile name?Should I check the “Remember this device” option?What if I do not have a smart device or a secure, personal computer?What if I need to change my email address?What if I have deleted my Two Factor Authenticator app?

What is the format of the October 2020 examination?

The October 2020 examination will consist of three essay questions and 100 multiple-choice questions. Applicants will receive one essay question at a time, with an hour to complete each essay question. Comfort breaks will be available between each essay question with a lunch break after the last essay question is completed. The multiple-choice questions will be administered over two, 1.5 hour sessions with a comfort break available between the two sessions. Applicants will receive 50 multiple-choice questions during each session.
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What subjects will be tested on the October 2020 Bar Exam and what law applies?

All multiple choice questions will be based on Florida law, and will test the following seven subjects: Florida Rules of Civil Procedure; Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure; Torts; Business Entities; Evidence; Wills; and Trusts. The three essay questions will test Federal Constitutional Law and the following six subjects (all based on Florida law): Torts; Real Property; Florida Constitutional Law; Ethics; Contracts; and UCC Article 3. Other subjects that are normally available for testing under the current Bar Admissions Rules will not be tested in October.
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Will applicants be able to work on multiple essays during the essay portion?

No. Applicants will receive one essay question at a time, with an hour to complete each essay question. Comfort breaks will be available between each essay question.
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How will the lunch break work?

There will be a lunch break after the morning essay portion of the examination for you to have lunch. You do not have to have lunch at your desk/testing location. After the break, you will check in for the multiple-choice portion of the examination.
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Will I be able to navigate back to questions out of order in the MC section?

Yes. During each of the two multiple-choice sessions, you will have 50 multiple-choice questions. You can navigate forward and back to return to previous items during that session.
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Does the software have any type of highlighting or elimination option for the MC section?

Yes, you will have the ability to highlight portions of the examination question and there is a strike through function available for the multiple-choice answers.
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Will scratch paper be allowed for the examination?

No. Scratch paper will not be permitted for any portion of the online examination. However, virtual scratch paper will be available in the program for both the essay and multiple-choice portions of the examination. No credit will be provided for anything typed in the virtual scratch paper.
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How will the October 2020 Bar Examination be scored?

A scaled score of 136 on the October 2020 Bar Examination is sufficient to pass the October 2020 Bar Examination. The essay portion and the multiple choice portions will be combined so that they each comprise 50% of the examination. Each of the three essays represents one segment and will be graded on a 100-point scale. Three additional segments will be tested with a total of 100 multiple choice questions. The scores on the essay portion and multiple choice portion will be converted to a scaled score so that each portion is equally weighted to determine the total scaled score on the examination.
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Will I receive the same accommodations for the October 2020 examination I was previously granted by the board?

Yes, with certain exceptions. Additional time or other alterations to the standard test schedule will still be in place if previously granted by the board. Certain accommodations as it relates to separate or private rooms, preferred seating arrangements, access to food/drink, or other similar accommodations will be moot for the October 2020 examination.
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Can I take the examination if I do not have a webcam?

No. In order to take the October 2020 examination, applicants will be required to have a laptop or desktop computer with an installed webcam or an external webcam. Reasonably priced webcams are available from many retailers.
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Can I still apply for the October 2020 examination?

No. The board will not accept any new applications to take the October 2020 bar examination.
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Are applicants allowed to take the exam in a room with other people or bar examinees?

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the security of the examination, absent prior written approval from the Board, you must be isolated during the administration of the October 2020 Examination. While this does not require being behind a closed door, it does mean that no other individuals may be present in the room in which you elect to take the examination.
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Are watches or stop watches allowed? Will I be able to see the amount of time remaining as I take the exam?

Like the in person administration of the examination, watches and stop watches are not permitted. The software has a prominent countdown clock that will display the time remaining throughout the entire exam. A 5-minute warning will display as a visual reminder of the time remaining.
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Can I wear headphones or ear buds during the examination?

No, applicants may not use headphones or ear buds during the examination.
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Can I wear ear plugs during the examination?

Yes, applicants are permitted to wear soft foam ear plugs, without cords or wires, only, subject to inspection.
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Will restroom breaks be permitted? [updated 9/4/20]

Yes. There will be comfort breaks between essay questions and between multiple-choice sessions during the administration of the examination to allow you to use the bathroom. You must otherwise stay seated at your desk in front of your camera until you have completed the session you are working on, unless there is an emergency. If you have a medical reason to need to use the restroom more frequently, and have not already done so, please submit a completed notice of medical alert form.
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If I need water to take medication, will water be allowed on the table?

Yes, water and medications are permitted during the administration of the examination.
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Are snacks/drinks allowed on desk/tabletop?

Yes. You will be permitted to have drinks and snacks at your desk/examination location during the administration of the examination.
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Is the online exam an open book exam?

No. Applicants are not permitted to possess or use unauthorized materials or equipment during the administration of the examination, including cell phones or other electronic equipment, notes, study materials, or books. While Florida’s examination will not be an in-person examination, it is not an open book/notes exam and applicants are required (and expected, as future officers of the court) to follow the rules of conduct governing the administration of the General Bar Examination in Florida. The exam will be proctored and the exam software contains safeguards to reduce the risk of cheating. Finally, if an applicant violates the exam rules of conduct, the applicant’s exam results may be invalidated and the applicant may be ineligible to take another bar exam in Florida for up to 5 years.
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What if I cannot take the exam remotely on October 13, 2020?

Applicants who hold a ticket for the August 2020 examination will automatically be scheduled for the remote administration scheduled for October 2020. The board will waive fees for any applicant who postpones to the next administration of the General Bar Examination. For applicants who postpone, examination and laptop fees already paid will apply to the next administration of the exam if Notice of Postponement is received by October 12, 2020.
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Given the change in examination dates, can I receive a refund of my application fees?

If you were scheduled to take the July/August 2020 examination and cannot take the October 2020 or February 2021 examinations and no longer want to pursue admission to The Florida Bar, your application fees will be refunded upon receipt of written request.
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Will the deadline for the February 2021 examination be extended for applicants who are not successful on the October 2020 examination?

Yes. The filing deadline for examination applications and petitions for test accommodations will be extended by 20 days from the date of the release of examination results from the October 2020 examination. Late filing fees will be applicable for the February 2021 examination beyond the extended deadline. This extension applies only to applicants who take the October 2020 examination.
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Who is the registrant advocate, and how can I contact the registrant advocate? [added 9/3/20]

The Supreme Court named Florida State University law school Dean  Erin O’Hara O’Connor as the Registrant Advocate, to work with Florida Bar examinees unable to take the 2020 summer Bar exam due to pandemic test failures. Under the program, examinees can use an online form to contact both the Registrant Advocate and the Bar Examiners about issues like software or testing accommodations. Examinees can submit a message directly to the Registrant Advocate that would remain anonymous to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners by sending an email to  RegistrantAdvocate@flcourts.org. Examinees also can use the form to seek help with the new supervised practice program that lets 2020 examinees work temporarily in the law under the supervision of licensed Florida attorneys. The supervised practice program was created as a stopgap for those unable to complete testing requirements in the usual time.​
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Will ExamSoft provide a walkthrough of the exam software? [added 9/4/20]

Applicants using ExamSoft are required to take two mock exams in preparation for the administration of the examination. FBBE will schedule a time and date for the second mock exam and will encourage all applicants to participate in the second mock exam simultaneously at that time. If applicants are not able to participate at that date and time, they will be able to complete both mock examinations on their own.
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When will the ExamSoft software be available? [updated 9/28/20]

Registration with ExamSoft opened on September 15, 2020. Any applicant who has not yet done so should register and download Examplify, ExamSoft's secure testing software, and the mock exams. The deadline to have registered with Examsoft, downloaded Examplify, and uploaded the two mock exams is October 2 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Is ExamSoft able to deliver over 3,000 exams at one time? [added 9/4/20]

Through August 18, ExamSoft reports delivering more than 982,000 proctored exams for 2020 alone. In June, ExamSoft reports they successfully delivered approximately 167,000 synchronous, remotely proctored exams for a single high-stakes assessment across a diverse population and dispersed geographic location.
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What are Minimum System requirements for Windows and Mac devices? [updated 9/18/20]

Examplify, the software program from ExamSoft for the bar examination, can be used on most modern computers purchased within the last few years. Currently, only Mac computers and Windows PCs are supported for Bar exams. Laptops or desktops can be used as long as they meet the minimum system requirements. Examplify will not run on Chrome, Android, or Linux operating systems. For remote exams with ExamID and ExamMonitor, a webcam and microphone that do not use virtual software to operate are required.

Windows: https://examsoft.force.com/emcommunity/s/article/Examplify-Minimum-System-Requirements-for-Windows
Mac OS: https://examsoft.force.com/emcommunity/s/article/Examplify-Minimum-System-Requirements-for-Mac-OS-X

Apple has announced that hardware releases due later this year will utilize Apple silicon microprocessors. If released prior to the October Bar Exams, these specific Apple devices will not be supported by Examplify.

You can verify whether your device meets the minimum standard requirements when you complete the mandatory mock exams.
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Will Mac's new operating system (OS) macOS Big Sur be compatible with Examplify or should I wait to update my Mac OS?​ [added 9/21/20]

For Mac devices, the currently supported operating systems are below:
  • MacOS Catalina (version 10.15) is only compatible with Examplify version 2.0.6 or higher (Released on 10/14/19 or later)
  • Supported operating systems: OS X 10.13 (High Sierra), OS X 10.14 (Mojave), Mac OS Catalina (10.15). Only genuine versions of Mac operating systems are supported.
 
MacOS Big Sur is not a supported OS and applicants should refrain from updating prior to conclusion of the examination.
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Can I use an external camera and microphone? [added 9/4/20]

An external camera and microphone may be used if your device is not equipped with those items as long as it is not powered by virtual software. ExamSoft recommends the use of built-in devices to prevent the accidental disconnection of an external device during the exam or the incorrect device selection during the setup process.
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What if my computer comes with a Virtual Camera or Virtual Camera Software installed to operate the installed camera on the device? [added 9/4/20]

ExamSoft does not support any Virtual Camera or Virtual Camera Software in any manner on any device.
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May I use my iPad or tablet to take the remote exam? [updated 9/4/20]

Examplify is compatible on Microsoft Surface Pro 4 or newer Microsoft Surface Pro devices when the device is running Microsoft Windows 10. Remotely proctored exams are not currently supported for iPad, older Surface Pro devices, or other tablets.
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Do I need to disable my antivirus software to download Examplify? [added 9/4/20]

Examplify is a desktop application used by over a million exam takers annually around the world, with updates released at different times throughout the year. Globally, there are hundreds of different anti-virus solutions, each of which releases frequent updates. In this evolving, dynamic environment, there is always risk that a specific anti-virus software could prevent Examplify from successfully operating as needed to deliver a secure exam.

To secure the device, Examplify closes most external applications when beginning a Secure exam. In order to provide a stable and secure user experience, the following commonly used Anti-Virus applications have been confirmed to have no known conflicts with Examplify, and are thus excluded from being automatically shut down at exam start.

• Ad-Aware anti-virus
• Avast anti-virus
• AVG anti-virus
• AVG Watch Dog anti-virus
• Avira anti-virus
• BitDefender anti-virus
• ESET anti-virus
• Kaspersky anti-virus
• McAfee anti-virus
• Microsoft Anti-Malware Service
• Microsoft Defender anti-virus
• Microsoft Security Essentials
• Norton anti-virus
• Norton 360
• Panda anti-virus
• Quick Heal anti-virus
• WebRoot anti-virus

While these vendors’ product implementations cause no known issues with Examplify operations, as these vendors are constantly updating their software, there is always risk that an update to any anti-virus solution could prevent Examplify from working effectively.

For this reason, Examsoft recommends that users stop their anti-virus prior to starting a secure exam and turning it back on once the exam is completed. If a user is uncomfortable shutting off anti-virus and is using one of the anti-virus solutions listed above, ExamSoft recommends that the user take a secure mock exam prior to any high- stakes assessment with the anti-virus software turned on to verify that there are no conflicts between Examplify and the anti-virus software.

Any anti-virus applications not listed above will be automatically disabled when a secure exam begins. For users with anti-virus applications that are not included in this list, ExamSoft recommends restarting anti-virus upon exam completion, and/or migrating to one of the anti-virus solutions listed above.
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Do I need an internet connection during the exam? [added 9/4/20]

An internet connection is required prior to the download exam files, which is done prior to exam day. On the day of the exam, you will also need internet access for a short time at the start of each exam session to obtain the exam password and once Examplify is launched, to take your identity verification photo. Once the photo step is complete, Examplify will lock down your device and block access to the internet. Once you have completed your exams, and internet access is restored, the upload of the answer and video monitoring files will begin.
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Do I need high speed internet to upload the exam and monitor files? [added 9/4/20]

The minimum requirements for internet speed are 2 Mpbs. The faster the internet speed, the faster the exam answer and monitoring files will upload. The monitoring file for a 90-minute exam session at a minimal speed should generally take around 15 minutes. Of course, if you have faster internet speed, the uploads will not take as long.
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What is ExamSoft's policy regarding collection of my data, including biometric data? [added 9/4/20]

The collection of biometric information through ExamID and ExamMonitor is governed by ExamSoft's privacy policy, available at https://examsoft.com/privacy-policy. ExamSoft's proctoring partners are bound by this policy as well. Before any biometric information is collected from an applicant, the applicant is notified and must consent. The information is used only for the purpose of providing the services, is never sold, and retained as long as required to provide services, so long as the client’s account is maintained. Monitoring files sent to proctoring partners are anonymized so that the applicant’s identity is unknown to the proctor. You should ensure on exam day that personally identifiable information is not visible in the background (i.e., a framed diploma including your name and school information) so that this information is not inadvertently available.
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Will I have to wait until the exam and monitoring files upload before starting the next session? [added 9/14/20]

No. Once the exam session is complete and your device reconnects to the internet, your exam and video monitoring files may begin to upload. If the files are not fully uploaded before the start of the next session, the upload will pause and will resume once an internet connection is re-established after the exam is completed.
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How do I verify that my exam files and ExamMonitor files have uploaded? [added 9/14/20]

The Examplify dashboard lists the status of all available exams.
  • “Pending Upload” will be listed if an exam is complete, but answer files and/or ExamMonitor files have not been uploaded.
  • “Completed” will be listed once all answer and video uploads are successful.
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What should I do if my computer freezes during the exam? [added 9/14/20]

Technical issues during the exam are rare, but if your device freezes or you have a technical issue during an exam session, you should immediately take the following steps:
  1. Do NOT attempt to exit from the exam as you will be unable to re-enter
  2. To reboot the device, you must press and hold the power button of the device until the device is completely off. To confirm that the device is completely off, the screen backlight will be completely black and there will be no fan sounds emitting from the device itself.
  3. Wait five seconds, then restart the device by pushing the power button again.
  4. When Examplify restarts, it will return you to within 59 seconds or less of where you left off with your answer.
If this does not restart the exam session, you should immediately contact ExamSoft support at (866) 429-8889.
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How can I ensure that my camera is working correctly and recording my video? [added 9/14/20]

During the exam, you can click on the ‘Monitoring’ icon on the top middle of your screen to show you the video being captured. You will be asked to practice and confirm that you have done this during the mandatory mock exams. You should check that your camera is properly positioned and that you are fully in frame throughout the duration of the exam by taking this step at the start of each exam session.
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How can I ensure that my baseline image was captured correctly and that I will not have any issues verifying my identity on the exam day? [added 9/14/20]

You will be required to take two mandatory mock exams prior to exam day. These mock exams will help familiarize you with testing on the software. During the first mock exam, your baseline identity photo will be taken and approved by you. Please see Examsoft’s tips on appropriate lighting for taking a good baseline picture. At the start of the second mandatory mock exam, you will be asked to verify your identity. If you are not able to enter the exam because of a problem with the verification process, you may contact Examsoft support at (866) 429-8889 to assist so that this issue can be resolved prior to the day of the exam.
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Will proctors reviewing the monitoring videos have access to my personal information? [added 9/14/20]

The encrypted video files sent to ExamSoft’s proctoring partners do not include identifying information about you. You should ensure on exam day that no such information is visible in the background so that this information is not inadvertently available. Each proctor completes a rigorous background check and participates in hours of training, certification, peer reviews, and auditing. Additionally, they are trained to be neutral and objective in feedback.
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What types of behavior will be flagged by the Artificial Intelligence and during the review by proctors? [added 9/14/20]

The artificial intelligence scan will note eye gaze, head movement, hand gestures, ear buds or headphones, speaking, background noise, other objects in the room, and other anomalies. The video is also reviewed by human proctors to document issues that will be reviewed by the board’s staff and the board, who are the decision-makers on all flagged incidents.
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What is the examination schedule for October 13, 2020? [added 9/14/20]

At start of each of the five sessions, applicants will select exam file, enter exam password, take photo for identity verification, read pre-exam notices and begin exam.

Applicants will have only the allotted time for each session (60 minutes for each essay session and 90 minutes for each multiple-choice session) to complete the session from the time they access the first exam question of the session.

The following is the schedule for the examination on October 13, 2020 (all times are Eastern Time):

7:45 a.m.
Session 1 Essay Password available
8:00 -8:15 a.m.
Session 1 Essay Target start window
9:15 a.m.
Break
9:20 a.m.
Session 2 Essay Password available
9:30-9:45 a.m.
Session 2 Essay Target start window
10:45 a.m.
Break
10:50 a.m.
Session 3 Essay Password available
11:00-11:15 a.m.
Session 3 Essay Target Start window
12:15 p.m.
Lunch Break
1:15 p.m.
Session 4 MCQ 1-50 password available
1:30-1:45 p.m.
Session 4 MCQ 1-50 Target start window
3:15 p.m.
Break
3:20 p.m.
Session 5 MCQ 51-100 password available
3:30-3:45 p.m.
Session 5 MCQ 51-100 Target start window
5:15 p.m.
Exam complete
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Will spellcheck be available on the October 2020 examination? [added 9/14/20]

Yes. As all applicants will be utilizing their computers on the essay portion of the examination, the board has decided to permit the use of spell check for all applicants. This feature will be enabled in ExamSoft’s software.
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What are the deadlines for registering my computer and completing the mock examinations in advance of the October 2020 examination? [Updated 9/28/20]

Applicants must strictly adhere to all deadlines and instructions in order to complete their registration for taking the examination. The deadlines will not be extended for any reason. Any failure to meet any of these deadlines will result in you not being able to take the Florida bar examination.
  • Examsoft Registration Open Date: September 15
  • Examsoft Registration Close Date and Mock Exam Upload Deadline: October 2 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Exam Files Download Open Date: October 7
  • Exam Files Download Close Date: October 12
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Can I use an external monitor, keyboard, and/or mouse and cooling pad? [added 9/18/20]

Yes. You can use an external monitor, an external keyboard (either wired or wireless), and an external mouse (either wired or wireless) if you choose to do so; however, the external devices must be connected to the computer before you launch Examplify. For an external monitor, you must select the external monitor for output in Examplify, as the program will only display on one monitor. If you have laptop selected as your monitor, your screen will only display on the laptop, not the external monitor.

If you choose to use an external monitor with your laptop, please note that you will have to make sure that your webcam is positioned in front of you to ensure you are on camera during the testing session. You may check this by clicking on the Monitoring tab at the top of your screen during the mock exam and during the examination.

You may use a cooling pad, if necessary, for your device.
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When will grades be released for the October Bar Examination? [added 9/24/20]

The results of the October 13, 2020 Bar Examination are scheduled to be released on Friday, November 20, 2020.
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Does the board have any tips for using Examplify software? [added 9/28/20]

Yes, please see the Tip Sheet for Using Examplify for Florida Applicants that highlights some helpful information for test takers, based on feedback the board received from applicants following the scheduled mock exam.
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Can I qualify for the supervised practice program if I was never in line for the July 2020 bar exam?

No, in order to qualify for participation in the Temporary Supervised Practice Program, an applicant must have submitted an application to the Board and have been issued a ticket of admission to the July 2020 General Bar Examination.
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Can I participate in the supervised practice program if I'm admitted in another jurisdiction?

Yes, you can participate in the program if you are a licensed attorney in good standing in a United States jurisdiction other than Florida, provided you meet all other eligibility requirements. See the Application for Temporary Supervised Practice for the requirements.
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What if I haven't received a letter of clearance as to character and fitness from the Board?

Participation in the supervised practice program requires a letter of clearance from the Board. This letter may have been titled "Notice of Applicant Clearance." If you have not yet received a notice of clearance from the board, note that the average time for completing a background investigation is less than five months. Some investigations take longer because they are more complex or involve delays in receiving responses from applicants and third parties. You may write to ask for a detailed status of your application if your application has been processing for more than six months. Staff will not advise you about your application status over the phone. While your background investigation is being processed, you will receive routine status letters that request clarification, information, or supporting documentation, and acknowledge items received from you. These letters will specify “no outstanding requests at this time” if there are none, or when you have satisfied all previous requests. Information you provide must often be confirmed with outside sources, which consumes additional time. Applicants can assist in completing the investigative process by responding to the board’s requests in a timely manner.
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How do I know if the dean of my law school has certified me as being of good character and competent legal ability?

Review correspondence you have received from the board to ensure the Certificate of Dean has been acknowledged as received.
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What type of work can I do as part of the supervised practice program?

The Florida Supreme Court's Administrative Order dated August 24, 2020 outlines the services a Supervised Practice Participant may undertake, as well as all requirements for supervision.
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How do I submit the completed Application for Temporary Supervised Practice form?

Submit the completed Application for Temporary Supervised Practice form to the board, via portal upload through the applicant portal, fax to (850) 414-6822, or mail to 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750.
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I had a ticket for the July 2020 exam, but postponed. Can I participate in the supervised practice program?

Yes, as long as you held a ticket for the July 2020 exam at some point, you can participate in the program provided that you meet all other eligibility requirements. See the Application for Temporary Supervised Practice for the requirements.
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Who can be my Supervising Attorney?

A Supervising Attorney must be a member of The Florida Bar in good standing, have maintained that status for at least 5 years, and not have any pending discipline posted in the member's profile on the Bar's website.
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Can I have more than one Supervising Attorney?

Yes. Participants can have more than one Supervising Attorney. You will need to submit a separate Supervising Attorney Form for every attorney who accepts the responsibilities of a Supervising Attorney for you while you participate in the Temporary Supervised Practice Program. You may attach multiple Supervising Attorney Forms to your Application for Temporary Supervised Practice. You may also submit more Supervising Attorney Forms after your application has been approved to add Supervising Attorneys.
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I graduated from law school before 2020, but never registered to take a bar exam before the July 2020 exam because I was a judicial clerk. Can I participate in the supervised practice program?

Yes, provided that you meet all other eligibility requirements. See the Application for Temporary Supervised Practice for the requirements.
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If I took the August 2020 MPRE and don't have a prior passing MPRE score, can I participate in the program?

Not at this time. You may submit your application to participate in the program once your score has been received by the board and it is a scaled score of at least 80.
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Do I have to take the October 2020 examination to participate in the Supervised Practice Program?

No, the supervised practice certification will remain in effect if you opt not to take or are unsuccessful on the October 2020 bar examination.
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Is there a fee for applying to the Supervised Practice Program?

No. There is no fee for applying to the Supervised Practice Program.
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How do I sign the Application for Temporary Supervised Practice?

You can print, sign, and scan the document, use an electronic signature, or type “/s/” followed by your name.
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What title can I use to refer to myself while in the Supervised Practice Program?

The Court’s Order uses the term “Supervised Practice Participant,” which is recommended. The board has no objection to using other language that accurately conveys the Supervised Practice Participant’s status. The Supervised Practice Participant should not use the terms “attorney,” “lawyer,” “associate,” “Esq.,” or any other language that suggests the participant is a member of The Florida Bar. If you have a question about specific language, please write to the board.
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Can I be partners with a Supervising Attorney?

No. A Supervised Practice Participant may not start a firm as partners with the Supervising Attorney. The Court's Order states that the Supervised Practice Participant must be directly employed by the Supervising Attorney or the Supervising Attorney’s law firm. It also states that Supervised Practice Participants cannot open their own practice. Further, Rule 4-5.4(c) of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar states that a lawyer shall not form a partnership with a non-lawyer.
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Can a Supervised Practice Participant work in an in-house legal department?

Yes. This is permissible so long as the Supervising Attorney works for the same company.
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Can a client be billed for my services?

Yes. A client can be billed for your services. but the bill must come from the Supervising Attorney or the Supervising Attorney’s law firm and the client should be accurately advised of the Participant’s status.
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When do I need a client’s written consent to work on a matter?

A written consent from the client is required before a Supervised Practice Participant may appear in court, before an administrative tribunal, or in any alternative dispute resolution forum (collectively, an “Appearance”). The written client consent, and a written consent from the Supervising Attorney, must be filed in the matter.

The Court’s Order does not require written consent from the client for a Supervised Practice Participant to work on a document, perform legal research, or perform other services that do not involve an Appearance. If a client is going to be charged for the Participant’s services, the client should be accurately advised of the Participant’s status.

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Are there forms for the consents to be filed in court or administrative proceedings?

No. There are no forms that have been created for the consents. Any document reflecting the required consent is sufficient. You may work with your Supervising Attorney to draft the consent document.
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Can I appear in court outside the presence of the Supervising Attorney if the judge allows it?

Yes. Under the Court's order, the Supervising Attorney must be present at a judicial or administrative proceeding when the judge requires it. If the judge or tribunal approves the Supervised Practice Participant's participation in a proceeding outside of the Supervising Attorney's presence, the Supervising Attorney need not be present. The court or administrative tribunal shall determine the extent of the Supervised Practice Participant's participation in the proceeding.
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Can I sign a pleading or other court filing?

No. All pleadings or court filings must be signed by the Supervising Attorney, not the Participant. The Participant’s name may appear on the signature block, but the Supervising attorney must sign the pleading or court filing.
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Can I take or defend a deposition?

Yes. Supervised Practice Participants can take or defend a deposition. Before the Participant can appear at a deposition, the Participant and the Supervising Attorney must enter an appearance in the matter and file the required consents with the court. The extent of the participation at depositions is subject to the court, as is whether the Supervising Attorney must be present.
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Can I participate at mediations?

Yes. Supervised Practice Participants can participate at mediations. The extent of the participation is subject to the mediator, as is whether the Supervising Attorney must be present.
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Can I appear in federal court?

The ability of a Supervised Practice Participant to practice in federal court is entirely up to the federal court in which the participant seeks to appear. The board recommends that participants advise the federal court about their status and allow the court to decide whether, and on what terms, to allow participation in the proceeding.
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Does the Supervised Practice Program affect an attorney’s or law firm’s malpractice insurance?

Because a Supervising Attorney accepts professional responsibility for the activities of a Supervising Practice Participant, it may affect the Supervising Attorney's malpractice insurance. Questions about how the supervised practice program may affect a particular malpractice insurance policy should be directed to the carrier.
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When does the Supervised Practice Program end?

The program ends 30 days after the board releases results for the February 2021 General Bar Examination.
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How many applicants have been approved for participation in the Temporary Supervised Practice Program? [updated 9/24/20]

After an applicant files an application for Temporary Supervised Practice, the board will confirm that the applicant meets all of the eligibility requirements for the program, then will approve the application and file a certification with the Clerk of the Supreme Court. Applications are processed on a continual basis and certifications are sent weekly to the Court. As of September 24, 2020, the board has certified 337 applicants as qualified to participate in the program.
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How is COVID-19 affecting Florida Bar Admissions?

What if I am unable to be fingerprinted due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you are a resident of Florida and unable to schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints taken at one of the IdentoGo live-scan facilities or if you are unable to have your fingerprints taken in order to mail a fingerprint card to Prints Inc., please submit all other application materials to the board's office with a cover letter explaining your circumstances with a copy of your government issued ID. Additional instructions will be provided when your application is acknowledged about future submission of these prints for processing.

What if I am unable to have documents notarized due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you are unable to access the services of a notary public in order to have your Examination Application, Authorization and Release forms, amendments, or other documents (excluding the Oath of Attorney) notarized, please sign the document and indicate the following statement on the form: “I submit this document signed, but not notarized, as a result of the current status of the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have read the foregoing [document], that the facts stated in it are true, and that the signature on this [document] is my signature."

How can I execute my Oath of Attorney remotely?

The requirement that the oath of attorney be executed in person has been suspended by the Supreme Court of Florida for all applicants recommended for admission to The Florida. Any Circuit Judge of any court in Florida or other official authorized to administer the oath may do so by audio-video communication technology, provided they can positively identify the applicant (a notary is authorized to administer oaths).

When taking the oath, the applicant must sign the oath of attorney and email a signed copy to the judge or other authorized official. The judge or other authorized official should administer the oath, sign the oath, and email a completed copy back to the applicant. The applicant is responsible for uploading the oath to their Florida Board of Bar Examiners’ portal account or by emailing it directly to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners at oath@floridabarexam.org.


Can transcripts be submitted electronically?

Until further notice, the board will accept official transcripts transmitted electronically to the board directly by the school or the school's transcript clearinghouse. To be transmitted in this fashion, the transcripts must be sent to transcripts@floridabarexam.org.

Can I submit amendments to my application while the board’s office is closed?

Yes, applicants with a portal account are highly encouraged to submit amendments electronically through their portal account. For submission of materials that cannot be uploaded through the portal account, the board’s address and fax number can be found under the “Contact Us” link on the website.

When will I receive an acknowledgement of items mailed to the board's office or uploaded to my portal page?

The board's staff is working diligently to process all items mailed to the board's office or uploaded to applicant portal pages. Given the recent closure of the board's office as well as the fact that it will now be open on a limited basis, only, it may take up to 14 days to receive acknowledgement of received items, particularly applications and application materials being filed for the first time. Please do not call the board's office, submit an e-mail, or upload correspondence inquiring about receipt of items, to allow the staff's focus to remain on processing applications as quickly as possible. Your cooperation is appreciated.
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How can I contact the Florida Board of Bar Examiners?

Mailing Address:

U.S. Postal Service :
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FedEx, Priority USPS, or other delivery service :
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308-4537

Fax Number:
(850) 414-6822
All normal long distance charges may apply.
Telephone Number:
(850) 487-1292
Telephones are answered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Driving Directions:
The board’s office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located in the Tippin-Moore Building at 1891 Eider Court in Tallahassee, Florida. From I-10 take Exit 203-Tallahassee/Thomasville. You will exit onto Thomasville Road (US 319). From Thomasville Road drive east on Capital Circle NE, approximately 2.5 miles. Once you cross the intersection at Centerville Road, you will turn left at the first traffic light onto Capital Medical Boulevard. You will pass Capital Regional Medical Center on your left. Eider Court will be the second street on your left after you pass the hospital’s emergency entrance. The board’s office building is on the right after you make the turn. Public parking for the board’s office is across the street from the front entrance to the building (turn left into the lot before the curve).
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How do I apply?

The Bar Application is available on this website. The board requires completion of the application online. Use the checklists to ensure that the application is complete and that you meet all filing requirements at the time you complete your application and submit the Cover Sheet for Bar Application Submission. Supplemental Forms are available for printing on this website (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
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How do I submit the required fingerprints?

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners now requires all applicants to be fingerprinted electronically by IdentGO by MorphoTrust USA. IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA has 69 locations across the State of Florida.

Applicants must arrange to be fingerprinted prior to submitting the Bar Application, Student Registration, or CLI Registration. Processing of the application or registration cannot begin until the board has received confirmation (either a receipt provided by an applicant or notification directly from IdentGO by MorphoTrust USA) that the fingerprints have been taken or scanned. The fee to have fingerprints processed by IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA is $53.25 plus tax.

Applicants who live in Florida should go to IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA. Follow the instructions found there (under "Digital Fingerprinting" select "Schedule a New Appointment") in order to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted and to pay the required fee. In order to take a bar examination, applicants must be fingerprinted by IdentGO by MorphoTrust USA on or before that examination's filing deadline.

Applicants who live outside of Florida:

  • Have a standard fingerprint card completed by an authorized law enforcement agency.
  • Make one copy of the fingerprint card to be sent to the Board of Bar Examiners with your application materials.
  • Go to IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA;
  • Select "Florida" under "Search for services by state";
  • Click on "Digital Fingerprinting";
  • Click "Register for Fingerprint Card Processing Service";
  • Select "Florida Board of Bar Examiners" from the drop down menu;
  • Read the three steps required to continue the registration process and click "yes" if you wish to continue;
  • Complete the Personal Information;
  • Proceed to arrange payment to IdentoGO by clicking on the "Continue to US Bank E-Pay" button;
  • In order to take a bar examination, the original, completed fingerprint card must be postmarked by that examination's filing deadline. Mail the original fingerprint card to the address displayed subsequent to arranging payment:

    MorphoTrust USA Florida Card Scan Operations
    c/o Prints, Inc.
    100 Salem Ct.
    Tallahassee, FL 32301

In either case, provide a copy of the receipt to the board with the application. All questions regarding fingerprint submissions should be directed to IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA at (844)-321-2124.

IMPORTANT: Applicants must submit the Bar Application, Student Registration, or CLI Registration within six months of being fingerprinted. Failure to do so will result in having to be re-fingerprinted at the applicant's expense.

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Must I enter my Social Security number?

In compliance with the federal Privacy Act of 1974, disclosure of your Social Security number is mandatory as authorized by provisions of rules 1-63.8, 3-14.1, 3-14.2, and 4-41 of the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admission to the Bar.

The board uses a Social Security number to verify the identity of an individual. An applicant's entire Social Security number may be furnished to the following types of agencies during the processing of the Bar Application, including the board's background investigation into an applicant's character and fitness for membership in The Florida Bar:

  • credit reporting agencies
  • personal creditors
  • financial institutions
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • educational institutions
  • branches of the military
  • unemployment compensation agencies
  • federal and state police

The last four digits of the Social Security number may be furnished to the following types of agencies:
  • child support enforcement
  • present and past employers
  • professional licensing and license regulation agencies
  • medical and health practitioners
  • bar admission agencies
  • bar associations

Individuals such as personal references, opposing counsel, A.A. sponsors, and former spouses are not provided an applicant's Social Security number.
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Must I provide documentation of my U.S. citizenship or immigration status?

Yes, all applicants are required to document their citizenship or immigration status.

U.S. citizen:

  • If you are a U.S. citizen and were born in the U.S., the board will accept a certified copy of your birth certificate. You should obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate from the appropriate government office in the state where you were born. You can locate the appropriate office to contact by visiting the Vital Records website.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen who was born abroad, the board will accept a certified copy of a Certification of Birth (DS-1350) or a certified copy of the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240). For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • The board does not accept hospital birth certificates, photocopies, notarized photocopies, or foreign birth certificates.

U.S. citizen via naturalization:
  • The board will accept a photocopy of your Certificate of Naturalization for submission to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for verification of authenticity.
  • Certified copies of a valid U.S. Passport record may also be submitted as proof of citizenship; however, this process can take 4-6 weeks. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Not a citizen of the United States:
  • Provide a photocopy of the immigration document that documents your status for submission to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for verification of authenticity. The USCIS has indicated a copy of these documents may be made to the board for submission to USCIS, regardless of the statement prohibiting copying of these documents. For more information on how to obtain copies of immigration documents or duplication of these documents, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
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When should I file my application?

To be considered timely filed, first-time applicants are required to file the Bar Application, and registrants are required to file the Supplement to Bar Application and the Re-Examination/Conversion Application, by the filing deadline ( Florida Bar Examination Information). Applicants who miss the timely filing deadline can still apply for the examination by submitting the appropriate late filing fee with the completed application(s). Though applicants can wait until the filing deadlines to submit the application(s), the sooner the process is initiated, the sooner the investigation can begin and the better the chance that the investigation will be complete at the time the examination results are released. A quick response to requests for incomplete or additional information will assist in the prompt completion of the investigation.
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May I register as a first-year law student?

Yes, first-year law students are encouraged to register with the board during their first year of law school. In addition to the early start of the investigative process, student registrants are afforded a significant savings on the application fees. Rule 2-23.1 provides for discounted registration fees if your Registrant Bar Application is postmarked or received by the deadlines outlined below:

Student Registrant deadlines (for discounted fees) are dates based on
law school start dates, and are the same for all law schools.
Law School Start Date
$100 Filing Deadline
$350 Filing Deadline
August/September
the following January 15
the following March 15
January/February
the following June 15
the following August 15
May/June
the following October 15
the following December 15

All student registrations postmarked after March 15, August 15, or December 15 (whichever is applicable) require the full registration fee of $400. While there is no dollar savings at this point, student registrants still gain the advantage of early investigative steps already conducted when they convert in their third year. Students registering early in law school are required to convert their registration into a regular application during their third year of law school, at which time the $600 converter fee is due.

Checks should be made payable to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The board does not accept payment by credit card.

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Is it still possible to file a student registration as a second-year law student?

Yes, the board encourages second-year law school students to file a student registration with the board if they did not do so in their first year. Although the background investigation will begin later than those of students who filed a registration in the first year of law school, it is still possible that clearance can be obtained prior to the third year of law school in time to participate in internships or externships. Discounted fees are no longer available for students who file a registration in the second year of law school; the full registration fee of $400 is required. 

Students who file a student registration in the second year of law school are required to convert the student registration into a regular application during the final year of law school, at which time the $600 converter fee is due. 

Checks should be made payable to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The board does not accept payment by credit card.
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May I file a student registration as a third-year law student?

If you are within 12 months of your anticipated graduation date, you should file an application for admission to The Florida Bar as well as an application to take the General Bar Examination (Section D of the bar application) rather than a student registration; a student registration will not be accepted at that point. The full application fee of $1000 will be required.

If your bar application is filed in the summer prior to your third year of law school, or at the beginning of your third year of law school, it may still be possible to receive clearance from the board in order to participate in an internship or externship in the last semester of law school; however, it is much less likely that the investigation can be completed within that time frame than if you had filed a student registration in the first or second year of law school.
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How do I meet the clearance requirement for the Certified Legal Internship (CLI) program?

Rule 11-1.3(a) of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar requires that law students register with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and receive registrant clearance as one of the eligibility requirements for participating in the Certified Legal Internship (CLI) program for law school practice. There are two ways to obtain CLI clearance:

  • Student Registration – From the Home page, click on “checklists,” and then select “Register as a First Year Student.” This filing status begins the processing track for bar admission in Florida. It also provides registrant clearance that is one of the eligibility requirements for participating in the Certified Legal Internship program. If filed by the earliest deadline provided under rule 2-23.1(a) the filing fee is $100, the lowest fee that provides the greatest cost savings.
  • Certified Legal Intern (CLI) Registration – From the Home page, click on “checklists,” and then select “Register for Certified Legal Internship (CLI) Clearance only.” This filing status provides CLI clearance only, which is one of the eligibility requirements for participating in the Certified Legal Internship program. It does not pursue admission to practice law in Florida. If filed within the first 250 days of beginning law school, the filing fee is $75; after 250 days of beginning law school, the filing fee is $150.

If there is any chance you will pursue admission to The Florida Bar, Student Registration is the option to choose.
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What fees do I pay to take the examination and apply for admission?

The cost of filing a Bar Application is covered by one fee that is determined by your status as set forth in rule 2-23.2 through rule 2-23.4.

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$600
For law students who filed an early registration and are now converting to a regular applicant and plan to take the Bar Examination
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$1000
For law students who did not file an early registration, for persons who have not been admitted, or for persons who have been admitted for less than one year
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$1600
For attorneys admitted more than 1 but less than 5 years
bullet
$2000
For attorneys admitted more than 5 but less than 10 years
bullet
$2400
For attorneys admitted more than 10 but less than 15 years
bullet
$3000
For attorneys admitted 15 years or more


Checks should be made payable to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The board does not accept payment by credit card.
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Does Florida have reciprocity with any jurisdiction?

There is no reciprocity between Florida and any other jurisdiction. Submission to the Florida Bar Examination and completion of a character and fitness investigation is required of all applicants.
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Does Florida accept MBE scores transferred from other jurisdictions?

Effective November 30, 2017, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners will accept MBE scores transferred from other jurisdictions if the score meets the criteria set forth under rules 4-26.2 and 4-18.1. The score must be transferred directly to the board by the National Conference of Bar Examiners or from the jurisdiction where the MBE was administered, only if the NCBE does not provide MBE score transfer service for that jurisdiction. In that case, forward the board's MBE Score Transfer Form to the jurisdiction for completion. Scores must be received directly from the NCBE or the jurisdiction where the MBE was administered , using the board's form; scores provided without identifying information will not be accepted.

For the February examination, scores must be received by January 15. For the July examination, scores must be received by June 15.
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How do I have my Florida MBE score transferred to another jurisdiction?

You may request that your Florida Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) score be transferred to another jurisdiction. Score transfers are not available for scores that are more than 7 years old. For information regarding the score transfer process and fees, as well as score transfer forms, visit the NCBE website.
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May I fax documents and information to the board?

Certain items relative to the Bar Application may be faxed to the board’s office. For items that require notarization, be sure to fax the page containing the notary information. The fax number is (850) 414-6822; all normal long distance charges may apply. Following are lists of items that may and may not be faxed to the board:

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Amendments*

x
Bar Application/Cover Sheet for Bar Application Submission
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Change of Address*

x
Supplement to Registrant Bar Application
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Correspondence

x
Bar Re-examination/Conversion Application
checkmark
Affidavit of Compliance*

x
Authorization & Release
checkmark
Financial Affidavit

x
Special Releases
checkmark
Form DD-214

x
Birth Certificate
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Litigation

x
Photo
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Petitions

x
Checks
checkmark
ADA Accommodation Forms*

x
Certificate of Dean
checkmark
Oath of Attorney

x
Certificates of Good Standing (COGS)
checkmark
Confirmation of MorphoTrust USA fingerprinting

x
Transcripts



x
Answer to Specifications*



x
Applicant’s Formal Hearing Exhibits



x Consent Agreement

*For bar applications filed on or after June 26, 2017: You are able to submit Amendments, Change of Address, Acknowledgment of Compliance, ADA Accommodation Forms, and Answer to Specifications through the Applicant Portal. Notification of change of address should be made by amending Item 1.c. of the Bar Application via an online amendment. The board will continue to communicate with you through the mail, so you must keep your address current. In addition, you may upload a scan of a printed and properly executed Financial Affidavit, Form DD-214, litigation documentation, and other supplemental documentation through the portal. Log in to your account and refer to the Supporting Documents page, linked on your Bar Application Progress page, for instructions.

Providing duplicate material by both fax and regular or overnight mail causes double handling of the same correspondence. This duplication increases costs and will delay acknowledgement of the correspondence. Increased costs will eventually increase applicant fees. Please utilize only one method of communication (fax or mail) per submission. If time is of the essence, fax the response; however, if an original document is required to be received by a deadline, faxing a copy of the document will not be considered as having met the deadline. Note that faxes are processed the next business day after they are received by the board.

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What is my file number and why does it change?

File numbers are assigned based on each applicant's filing profile: student registrant or applicant. Applicant file numbers that are all numeric are permanent and will not change. File numbers that include a 'B' is the designation for a student registrant that will change when the registrant files the Supplement to Registrant Bar Application in the third year of law school.
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How can I apply for accommodations under the ADA?

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has a long history of providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with documented disabilities, well before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Bar Application Process - If you need an accommodation because of a disability to participate in the Bar Application process, please notify the Executive Director of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The board does not assess a surcharge on a particular bar applicant with a disability or any group of bar applicants with disabilities to cover the costs of providing reasonable accommodations.

General Bar Examination Accommodations - Testing accommodations forms are available in PDF format for printing. Refer to rule 4-17 for additional information. The applicable items specified in the Petition Checklist must be completed and postmarked or received by the board on or before the filing deadline of the examination you plan to take.

Applicants with disabilities are entitled to, and have the responsibility to meet, the same deadline to apply as individuals without disabilities. As some of the forms require input from third parties, it is suggested that you request the appropriate individuals to complete the forms well in advance of the deadline for filing the petition for test accommodations, so that late filing fees are not incurred.

A timely petition requesting an accommodation for the February administration of the General Bar Examination must be postmarked or received not later than November 15 prior to the examination.

A timely petition requesting an accommodation for the July administration of the General Bar Examination must be postmarked or received not later than May 1 prior to the examination.

Applicants seeking to file an untimely petition will be permitted to do so on payment of a late fee as specified under rule 4-43. Petitions received after January 15 for the February examination and after June 15 for the July examination will not be accepted due to the time required to process a petition and accompanying documentation for review by the board, to reach a determination on the petition and to make necessary arrangements at the examination site.

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May I apply now if I have been disbarred from Florida?

Persons who have been disbarred from the practice of law or who have resigned pending disciplinary proceedings will not be eligible to apply in Florida until a period of 5 years from the date of disbarment or 3 years from the date of resignation or such other time as is set forth by any Florida rules of discipline and except on proof of payment of any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) and disciplinary costs imposed. See rule 2-13.1 and rule 2-13.25.

Persons who have been disbarred or resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings should write the board with any specific questions regarding eligibility to reapply for admission to The Florida Bar and to obtain further specific information regarding how to reapply for admission. A copy of the order of disbarment or resignation from Florida and proof of payment of all disciplinary costs under rule 2-13.25 should be included with the letter. Send your inquiry to:

U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308-4537
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May I apply now if I have been disbarred in another jurisdiction?

If a person's disbarment or disciplinary resignation is based on conduct that occurred in a foreign jurisdiction, then the person will not be eligible to apply for admission or readmission to The Florida Bar until the person is readmitted in the foreign jurisdiction where the conduct that resulted in discipline occurred. Readmission must occur in the foreign jurisdiction in which the conduct occurred, even if Florida imposed discipline prior to the imposition of discipline in the other jurisdiction, and proof of payment of any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) and disciplinary costs imposed is required. See rule 2-13.1 and rule 2-13.25.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.



U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308-4537
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May I apply now if I am suspended for disciplinary reasons in another jurisdiction?

Persons who have been suspended for disciplinary reasons from the practice of law in a foreign jurisdiction will not be eligible to apply in Florida until reinstated to the practice of law in the person's home state and except on proof of payment of any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) and disciplinary costs imposed. See rule 2-13.2 and rule 2-13.25.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.



U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308-4537
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May I apply now if I am a convicted felon or serving felony probation?

Persons who have been convicted of a felony will not be eligible to apply in Florida until the person's civil rights have been restored. See rule 2-13.3.

A person who is serving a sentence of felony probation, regardless of adjudication of guilt, will not be eligible to apply until termination of the period of probation. See rule 2-13.4.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.



U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308-4537
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May I apply now if I have previously been denied admission to The Florida Bar?

Applicants who have been refused a favorable recommendation through the filing of Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law that have not been reversed by the Supreme Court of Florida will not be eligible to seek admission to The Florida Bar until 2 years after the date that the board delivered its adverse findings, or such other period as may be set in the Findings. See rule 2-13.5.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.



U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308-4537
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What recent changes have been made to the rules?

On January 23, 2020, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an order updating rule 4-22 to remove juvenile delinquency and dependency as possible subjects to be tested on the bar examination. The amendment to the rules is effective immediately upon release of the Court's opinion and "will apply prospectively, beginning with the first 2020 examination."
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Does Florida allow spouses of the military to apply for a temporary admission to The Florida Bar?

Effective September 17, 2018, under Chapter 21, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (“Chapter 21”), the Supreme Court of Florida may certify a lawyer who is the spouse of a full-time active duty member of the United States Armed Forces to practice law in Florida while the lawyer’s spouse is stationed within Florida. A lawyer certified under this chapter is considered a member of The Florida Bar during the period of certification.

Applicants under Chapter 21 must file an application for admission with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and receive board clearance after a character and fitness investigation. Please review Chapter 21 for more details about other eligibility requirements, continuing legal education requirements, permissible activities, annual renewal requirements, and termination of certification.

Under rule 2-23.7, Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to The Bar, the application fee for military spouses is $1,000. Along with the application, the applicant must provide the following documentation before processing of the application may begin:
  • Copy of spouse’s military orders to a duty station within Florida; and,
  • Proof that the member of the military is your spouse.
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Does Florida have a program to assist lawyers or law students with substance misuse or mental health?

Yes. Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. ("FLA") provides services relating to substance use or mental health to assist attorneys, law students, and other legal professionals. For more information on FLA, see https://www.fla-lap.org/ or call 1-800-282-8981.
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What does the Florida Bar Application ask about an applicant’s mental health?

Item 25 on the Florida Bar Application asks applicants to disclose any treatment for, or recurrence of, certain thought disorders (Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders) and mood disorders (Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder) that could impair an applicant’s ability to practice law. When applying, you should read Item 25 carefully. If you are unsure of how to answer it, consider consulting with your mental health provider.

The Board supports applicants seeking mental health treatment, and views effective treatment from a licensed professional as enhancing the applicant’s ability to meet the essential eligibility requirements to practice law.
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I sought counseling for stress or anxiety while I was in law school or as a practicing lawyer in another state. Do I need to report my treatment for stress or anxiety on my Florida Bar Application?

No. The Florida Bar Application asks applicants to disclose only certain thought disorders (Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders) and mood disorders (Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder) that could impair an applicant’s ability to practice law. You do not need to disclose any other mental health conditions or treatment, including any counseling for stress or anxiety.

The Board supports applicants seeking mental health treatment, and views effective treatment as enhancing the applicant’s ability to meet the essential eligibility requirements to practice law.
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Will my mental health information be kept confidential?

Yes. Like all matters before the board, any information about an applicant’s mental health is confidential.
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What does the Florida Bar Application ask about substance use?

Item 26 on the Florida Bar Application asks you to disclose any treatment for, or recurrence of, a substance-related disorder that could impair your ability to practice law. “Substance-related” includes, without limitation, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and misuse of prescription drugs.
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What is conditional admission?

In some cases involving substance misuse, certain mental health conditions, or both, the board may recommend a conditional admission. A conditional admission allows a person to practice law in Florida so long as he or she complies with treatment-related conditions for a defined time period. If the person complies with the conditions during the period for conditional admission, then the person may continue practicing law without conditions going forward.

The specific terms of the conditional admission, such as the length of time, depend on the applicant’s particular circumstances. For example, in cases involving drug or alcohol misuse, conditional admission involves a period of documented sobriety and participation in an abstinence-based support program. A conditional admission relating to mental health involves the applicant continuing regular treatment with the applicant’s mental health provider. If you have questions or would like more information about conditional admission, please write to the board.
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Is conditional admission confidential?

Yes. Like all matters before the board, conditional admission is confidential.
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I am an out-of-state lawyer who is interested in conditional admission in Florida. Will the board accept monitoring by another state’s lawyer assistance program as documentation of sobriety?

Yes. Generally speaking, monitoring in connection with another state’s lawyer assistance program will count toward documentation of sobriety provided the program includes a random drug and alcohol testing program. Please write to the board if you have a question about whether a specific program will qualify.
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Is there case law regarding the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar?

Yes. A list of citations for opinions regarding character and fitness is available for review. The Court also has published opinions on amendments to the Rules Relating to Admissions to the Bar, petitions, and other matters under the Rules. Opinions since 1999 are available on the Court’s website.
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What are the questions on the bar application?

The questions currently posed to applicants for admission to The Florida Bar can be found on the reference copy of the Florida Bar Application. This document is not to be completed or submitted to the board's office. To file a student registration or bar application with the board, follow the applicable checklist on the Application and Conversion Checklists and Supporting Forms page of the website for creating an account and filing and online bar application.
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What does it mean that a bar applicant must possess "good moral character?"

In the case of Florida Board of Bar Examiners re G.W.L., 364 So. 2d 454 (Fla. 1978), the Supreme Court of Florida concluded that good moral character should not be restricted to acts involving moral turpitude. Such a restricted definition "would not sufficiently protect the public interest." After observing that "the unscrupulous attorney... [has] frequent opportunities to defraud the client or obstruct the judicial process," the Supreme Court of Florida held that the appropriate standard of inquiry into good moral character should emphasize "honesty, fairness, and respect for the rights of others." The Court also recognized "that the standard of conduct required of an applicant for admission to the bar must have a rational connection to the applicant's fitness to practice law."

To further assist bar applicants and to provide guidance to the current and future members of the board, the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar contain provisions addressing the following subjects:

Rule 3-10, Standards of an Attorney and Essential Eligibility Requirements
Rule 3-11, Disqualifying Conduct
Rule 3-12, Determination of Present Character

These rules were taken from the Code of Recommended Standards for Bar Examiners adopted by the policy-making bodies of the American Bar Association, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and the Association of American Law Schools.

To obtain information regarding specific character problems, you can review published decisions of the Supreme Court of Florida. These cases are titled "Florida Board of Bar Examiners re" followed by a bar applicant's name or initials. For example, Florida Board of Bar Examiners re R.L.W., 793 So.2d 918 (Fla. 2001); Florida Board of Bar Examiners re J.H.K., 581 So.2d 37 (Fla. 1991); Florida Board of Bar Examiners re Kwasnik, 508 So.2d 338 (Fla. 1987). These cases are easily accessed by any computerized legal research service.
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What is disqualifying conduct?

Pursuant to rule 3-11, a record manifesting a lack of honesty, trustworthiness, diligence, or reliability may constitute a basis for denial of admission. Any of the following may be considered by the board to be a basis for further inquiry before recommending admission:
  • Unlawful conduct
  • Academic misconduct
  • Making or procuring any false or misleading statement or omission of relevant information, including any false or misleading statement or omission on the Bar Application, or any amendment, or in any testimony or sworn statement submitted to the board
  • Misconduct in employment
  • Acts involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation
  • Abuse of legal process
  • Financial irresponsibility
  • Neglect of professional obligations
  • Violation of an order of a court
  • Evidence of mental or emotional instability
  • Evidence of drug or alcohol dependency
  • Denial of admission to the bar in another jurisdiction on character and fitness grounds
  • Disciplinary action by a lawyer disciplinary agency or other professional disciplinary agency of any jurisdiction
  • Any other conduct which reflects adversely upon the character and fitness of the applicant
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How does the board determine the appropriate weight and significance to be given the prior conduct?

As required by rule 3-12, the board will use the following factors in assigning weight and significance to prior conduct:
  • Applicant’s age at the time of the conduct
  • Recency of the conduct
  • Reliability of the information concerning the conduct
  • Seriousness of the conduct
  • Factors underlying the conduct
  • Cumulative effect of conduct or information
  • Evidence of rehabilitation (rule 3-13)
  • Applicant’s positive social contributions since the conduct
  • Applicant’s candor in the admissions process
  • Materiality of any omissions or misrepresentations
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What rights does a bar applicant have when appearing before the board for a formal hearing?

After completing its background investigation of a bar applicant, which may include the applicant's appearance at an investigative hearing, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners can do one of the following:
  • Recommend the applicant's admission to the Supreme Court of Florida
  • Enter into a consent agreement with the applicant providing for the applicant's conditional admission
  • Conduct further investigation into the applicant’s character and fitness
  • File Specifications (a document that contains formal allegations of misconduct that, if proven, could result in an unfavorable recommendation by the board)

The filing of Specifications triggers certain procedural rights designed to provide the applicant with due process and to ensure the fairness of the process. Applicants are entitled to the following:
  • A formal hearing (adversary proceeding) before a panel of the board consisting of no less than five members
  • The hearing panel cannot include any member who previously participated in an investigative hearing for such applicant, except with the applicant’s consent
  • Representation by legal counsel
  • Timely release of witness and exhibit lists by the parties
  • Access to the board's subpoena powers
  • Cross-examination of witnesses who are called to testify against the applicant
  • Presentation of witnesses and exhibits on the applicant's behalf (technical rules of evidence are not applicable during a formal hearing)

Following the formal hearing, the panel renders its decision based solely on the evidence introduced into the record at the formal hearing. If the panel recommends that the applicant not be admitted, then written Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law are prepared and filed. A bar applicant who has received an unfavorable recommendation from the board may seek review of such recommendation before the Florida Supreme Court. See rules 3-23 through 3-40.1.
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When should I amend my Bar Application?

Applicants have an obligation to keep all responses to the Bar Application current and complete (including but not limited to new employment, change of address, arrests, or traffic citations) until execution of the Oath of Attorney. For Bar Applications filed before June 26, 2017, changes should be reported to the board by notarized amendment form. For Bar Applications filed on or after June 26, 2017, amendments may be filed online through the applicant portal, or by notarized amendment form. To file an amendment through the portal, click on the Review Finalized Bar Application link, then on the Item that needs to be amended. An amendment is considered timely if made as soon as possible but not later than 30 days after any occurrence that changes or renders incomplete any answer to any question on the Bar Application.
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How do I get a copy of my previously filed Bar Application?

A copy of the Bar Application is available if your application is pending or you have been admitted for less than five years. Submit your written request including your name, any other name(s) by which you have been known, address to which it should be mailed, your date of birth, the last four digits of your Social Security number, and the $50 fee to:

U.S. Postal Service:

1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FedEx, Priority USPS, or other delivery service :
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308

For Bar Applications filed on or after June 26, 2017, a PDF copy of the bar application and any amendments subsequently filed online can be accessed and printed from the Applicant Portal; however, this is not an official and complete copy of the bar application. To obtain an official and complete copy of your bar application, please follow the instructions above and submit a written request to the board.
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When will my investigation be completed?

When the board receives your complete Bar Application, including all supporting documents, that date is assigned as your file date and processing of your background investigation begins. Your file date appears in the upper right corner of the board’s correspondence to you, along with your file number.

The average time for completing a background investigation is less than five months. Some investigations take longer because they are more complex or involve delays in receiving responses from applicants and third parties. You may write to ask for a detailed status of your application if your application has been processing for more than six months. Staff will not advise you about your application status over the phone.

You will receive routine status letters that request clarification, information, or supporting documentation, and acknowledge items received from you. These letters will specify “no outstanding requests at this time” if there are none, or when you have satisfied all previous requests. Information you provide must often be confirmed with outside sources, which consumes additional time.

Applicants can assist in completing the investigative process by registering as a student, filing as early as possible, submitting a complete application, and responding to the board’s requests in a timely manner.
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Can I confirm receipt of application materials by telephone?

No. All amendments, faxes, and documents you submit are acknowledged in writing by regular mail. The board’s goal is to communicate accurately and completely as soon as possible after receipt of materials. In acknowledging receipt of your application materials, you will also be advised of items that remain outstanding. Staff will not confirm receipt of materials by telephone as this can compromise the confidentiality of the application process. Additionally, telephone calls seeking confirmation of materials do not accelerate processing of your application and can lead to delays in responding to both receipt of the materials and receipt of a telephone inquiry.
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Can a screen reader be used to complete the Florida Bar Application and the Florida Bar Examination Application?

Yes. Each application can be completed using a screen reader. Although most screen readers allow users to navigate directly to and between form fields, it is highly suggested that you read each form prior to and after completion.

After completion, you will be required to finalize each application. Once finalized you are required to print the final documents, have each notarized, and mail the notarized applications to the board’s office with the applicable fee.

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When is the bar examination given?

The Florida Bar Examination consists of the General Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).
  • The General Bar Examination is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday during the months of February and July.
  • The MPRE is typically administered in March, August, and November by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

See Florida Bar Examination Information and rule 4-14.
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What are the eligibility requirements for taking the bar examination?

Educational Requirements
The Florida Bar Examination consists of the General Bar Examination (Parts A and B) and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). The educational requirements for the General Bar Examination are different from those required of the MPRE.
  • To take the General Bar Examination (Parts A and B) pursuant to rule 4-13.1, a person must have graduated or completed the requirements for graduation at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States in order to meet the educational requirements. An alternative method of educational qualification for those who did not graduate from an ABA-accredited law school is set out in rule 4-13.4 and further described in the instructions for filing a Representative Compilation of Work Product.
  • A person may take the MPRE prior to law school graduation pursuant to rule 4-13.

Other Eligibility Requirements
Prospective applicants with any one or more of the issues listed below may not be eligible.
  • Persons who have been disbarred from the practice of law or who have resigned pending disciplinary proceedings due to conduct which occurred in Florida will not be eligible to apply in Florida until a period of 5 years from the date of disbarment or 3 years from the date of resignation or such other time as is set forth by any Florida rules of discipline and except on payment of any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) and disciplinary costs imposed. See rule 2-13.1 and rule 2-13.25.
  • Persons who have been disbarred from the practice of law or who have resigned pending disciplinary proceedings due to conduct which occurred in a foreign jurisdiction will not be eligible to apply in Florida until the person is readmitted in the foreign jurisdiction where the conduct, that resulted in discipline, occurred. Readmission must occur in the foreign jurisdiction in which the conduct occurred even if Florida imposed discipline prior to the imposition of discipline in the other jurisdiction and proof of payment of any restitution (by a court in its order of disbarment, resignation, or suspension; by a criminal court related to any underlying conduct that resulted in the disbarment, resignation, or suspension; and/or owed for the payment of any claims by the Clients' Security Fund) and disciplinary costs imposed is required. See rule 2-13.1 and rule 2-13.25.
  • Persons who have been suspended for disciplinary reasons from the practice of law in a foreign jurisdiction will not be eligible to apply in Florida until reinstated to the practice of law in the person's home state and except on payment of any restitution and disciplinary costs imposed by a court in its order of suspension pursuant to rule 2-13.2 and rule 2-13.25.
  • Persons who have been convicted of a felony will not be eligible to apply in Florida until the person's civil rights have been restored pursuant to rule 2-13.3
  • Persons who are serving a sentence of felony probation, regardless of adjudication of guilt, will not be eligible to file a Bar Application in Florida until termination of the period of probation pursuant to rule 2-13.4.

Specific questions regarding eligibility should be sent to the board.

U.S. Postal Service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
FED EX or other delivery service:
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308
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What must be filed for the bar examination and when?

Pursuant to rule 4-40 through 4-47, each applicant desiring to take the General Bar Examination for the first time must submit to the board either the complete Bar Application or, in the case of law student registrants and repeat takers, the Re-Examination/Conversion Application, the appropriate applicant filing fee, a current 2” x 2” photograph, and proof that fingerprints have been taken by, or mailed to, IdentoGo by MorphoTrust USA.

Florida Bar Examination Filing Deadlines - Bar Application Section D (filed by first-time takers) and Re-Examination/Conversion Applications not filed timely will be accepted; however, the appropriate late filing fee must be submitted with the application. The following table shows the filing deadlines and late filing fees for each examination.


SCHEDULE OF FILING DEADLINES & LATE FEES
Late Fee
Determined by
February Exam
July Exam
Timely
Postmarked on or before
November 15
May 1
$325
Postmarked on or before
December 15
June 1
$625
Received by
January 15
June 15

Initial applications received after January 15 for the February examination or after June 15 for the July examination will not be accepted. Any application filing requirements completed subsequent to those dates, regardless of the date the initial application was filed, will not be considered to have met the late filing deadline and will not be accepted.

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What is the NCBE number and why must I provide it?

Your unique NCBE Number will be used for identification purposes when you take the Multistate Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and may be used as an identifier for other bar-admission-related purposes. You can go to www.ncbex.org/ncbe-number to either retrieve your NCBE number or request an NCBE Number.
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Can I use my laptop to take the bar examination?

  • Applicants are allowed to use their own laptop computers to type the essay portion of the General Bar Examination by selecting that option on their Bar Application or Bar Re-Examination/Conversion Application, paying the $125 laptop fee, then registering and qualifying their laptops through ILG Technologies prior to the specified deadline in advance of the examination.
  • The Florida Board of Bar Examiners uses a program called ILG Exam360® from ILG Technologies that enables candidates to securely take examinations downloaded to their own laptop computers by blocking access to files, programs, and the Internet during an examination.
  • System requirements for use of a laptop computer on the examination can be found on the ILG Exam360® website.
  • Applicants are required to access the Internet following the examination to upload their essay answers prior to the 10:00 p.m. deadline on Tuesday evening.
  • Mandatory Requirements for Laptop Users is included in the Examination Information Packet mailed with your Ticket of Admission providing instructions and deadlines for registering and qualifying your computer through ILG Technologies. This process must be completed each time you take the bar examination, regardless of any previous ILG Technologies registrations you may have completed for this bar examination or any other examination.
  • Date ranges for completing the installation, registration, and qualification process are:
Laptop Deadlines
Examination Date
Apply With The Board By
Register And Qualify With ILG Technologies
February
January 15
January 2 through February 1
July
June 15
June 1 through July 1
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What is permitted in the examination room?

Examinees are required to have an official photo badge, which is given to you at the examination site. Black pens, pencils, and scratch paper (when permitted) will be provided at your desk position. Only a jacket, money, keys, and a picture ID are authorized to be taken into the examination room. Laptop computers are permitted only if the examinee has registered and qualified through ILG Technologies prior to the examination.

Video surveillance and metal detectors are employed to support these restrictions. The following items are not permitted in the examination room:

  • Purses, book bags, or backpacks
  • Notes, books, paper, or any study materials
  • Food or liquids (including bottled water or soft drinks)
  • Cellular telephones or any wireless communication device
  • Wristwatches or other similar timekeeping devices and clocks of any type
  • Any other electronic devices
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If I bring a backpack, purse, cell phone, or other items to the examination site that are not permitted in the examination room, where can I store them?

To be admitted to the examination without delay, do not bring any prohibited items to the Convention Center including cellular telephones, pagers, etc. If you do bring prohibited items to the Convention Center, you must store the item in a designated area of the Tampa Convention Center and will not be able to retrieve the item until the end of the day. Additionally, to avoid delays we suggest that you also refrain from wearing jewelry, belts, and other items that may set off the metal detectors. Your best solution is to leave items not permitted in the examination room at home, in your hotel room safe, or locked in your car.
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Will I be permitted to leave the examination room during the examination to get water or use the restroom?

No, once you enter the examination room, you will not be permitted to leave until you complete that session of the examination and turn in your papers. Water fountains and restrooms are located inside the examination room to provide examinees easy access during the examination.
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What if I have a medical condition or other circumstance that requires me to have items not normally permitted in the examination room or to have special seating arrangements?

If you have a medical condition or other circumstance that is not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act that requires you to have items at the examination site not normally permitted, such as diabetic supplies, lumbar support, or a lactation pump, or to have special seating arrangements such as a wheelchair accessible table, you should submit a Notice of Medical Alert or Condition Requiring Special Seating or Assistive Devices.

The document must be completed and submitted to the board's office 2 weeks in advance of the examination. If your request is approved, a letter will be provided giving you permission to bring the requested items or confirming your seating arrangements. A new notice is required for each administration of the examination that you attend.
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What if I am a nursing mother who needs to pump during the examination?

If you are a nursing mother who needs to have a lactation pump at the examination site and a location in which to pump, you should submit a Notice of Medical Alert or Condition Requiring Special Seating or Assistive Devices.

The document must be completed and submitted to the board's office 2 weeks in advance of the examination. If your request is approved, a letter will be provided giving you permission to bring the requested items. A new notice is required for each administration of the examination that you attend.
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How do I find information about the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?

The Florida Bar Examination consists of the General Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

All applicants for admission in Florida must submit to the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. The MPRE is typically administered in March, August, and November at various locations around the country; the dates are set at the discretion of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). You may take the MPRE in Florida or any other state and must request that the results be forwarded to Florida directly from the NCBE.

MPRE scores are acceptable under the following conditions:

  • Scaled score of 80 or better, or such scaled score as fixed by the Supreme Court (rule 4-33.2), and
  • Score is attained within 25 months of passing other parts of the Florida Bar Examination (rule 4-18.1)

The MPRE may be taken prior to graduation from law school. For information about examination dates, deadlines, examination sites, online registration for the MPRE and MPRE score transfer, visit the NCBE website.
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How do I find information about hotels in Tampa?

Refer to the map of hotels within 10 miles of the Tampa Convention Center that have requested to be listed on this site.

For availability, rate information and reservations, contact the hotels directly and indicate you are taking the Florida Bar Examination.

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What law school courses will help me pass the Florida Bar Examination?

Enroll in courses that will assist you in preparing for the examination. The bar examination covers subjects selected from the following: Florida Constitutional Law, Florida Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration (Rules 2.051, 2.060, and 2.160), Federal Constitutional Law, Chapters 4&5 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, Business Entities including Corporations & Partnerships, Wills & Administration of Estates, Contracts, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, and Trusts. To the extent these courses are not required by your law school, consult this list when registering for elective credit hours.
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Does the board offer any study materials?

Study guides are published for the Florida-prepared portion (Part A), the Multistate Bar Examination (Part B) of the General Bar Examination, and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

The study guide for Part A includes essay questions from two previous administrations, sample answers to the essay questions, and sample multiple-choice questions. The Study Guide is available in PDF format at no cost on this website.

An MBE (Part B) Information Booklet is available on the NCBE website.

An MPRE Information Booklet is available at no cost on the NCBE website.

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What bar review courses are available?

The board does not maintain or disseminate any information regarding bar review courses.
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How are General Bar Examination grades released?

When the Supreme Court of Florida releases the General Bar Examination results, the Supreme Court posts the results on the Supreme Court’s website for 30 days.
  • To find your pass/fail results, you must know your applicant file number. This number is found at the top right corner of all board correspondence.
  • General Bar Examination results cannot be obtained by phone.
  • Individual score reports are available to portal applicants on their portal page under correspondence once the Supreme Court has released results.
  • Individual score reports are mailed to examinees without a portal account the same day pass/fail results are released by the Supreme Court. This individual mailing of scores goes to your current mailing address listed with the board.
  • Neither the Florida Supreme Court nor the Bar Examiners publicly release how applicants rank on their exam scores compared to other applicants.
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Can I postpone from taking the General Bar Examination?

Yes. Pursuant to rule 4-45 and rule 4-46, you may postpone for any reason from any General Bar Examination for which you have been issued a ticket. To do so, you must complete and fax or mail the Notice of Postponement prior to the commencement of the administration of the bar examination. Your previously paid application fee will be applied to the next bar examination for which you apply; however, you will incur a postponement fee.

The fee to postpone from the General Bar Examination is determined by the date of receipt in the board’s office of your Notice of Postponement ($100 if received at least 7 days before the commencement of the administration of the examination, or $200 if received prior to but less than 7 days before the commencement of the administration of the examination). If written notification is not received prior to the commencement of the examination, or not provided at all, the fee to take a subsequent examination will be $450 pursuant to rule 4-47.

Note: If you applied to take both Part A and Part B, but have decided to take one part only, do not submit the Notice of Postponement (so that you retain a seat for the part you do take). Understand that you will be required to pay the $450 re-examination fee to apply to take any part of the examination at a future date.

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How do I create an online account with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners?

Follow the Instructions for Creating an FBBE Online Account for step-by-step instructions explaining the process necessary to create your account using Authy or Google Authenticator.
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What is Two Factor Authentication?

Two Factor Authentication provides stronger security for your account by requiring a second step of verification when you sign in. In addition to your password, you will need a code generated by the app downloaded on your smart device.
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What Two Factor Authentication app should I use?

The board strongly recommends Authy as the preferred application for Two Factor Authentication due to their established security and backup features. However, other Two Factor Authentication apps, such as Google Authenticator, may be used as an alternative.
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What if I do not have a smart device?

Using a secure, personal computer (not a shared, public computer), download Authy for PCs from the Chrome Web Store (it is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux). You must use the Google Chrome browser to run this app on your personal computer. Click here for step-by-step instructions of the process necessary to create your account.
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What are scratch codes and why might I need them?

Once you have completed the registration process, it is highly recommended that you write down a series of scratch codes that will each allow you one-time access to your account in the event that all of your other methods of authentication are unavailable. Maintaining your scratch codes will allow you to easily access your account without your registered smart device so that you can set up a new device, reset your 2FA, or reset your password.
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Where do I find scratch codes for my profile?

You may access your scratch codes by logging into the Applicant Portal, clicking on “Profile” at the top of the home page, and then “Show Scratch Codes.” You must enter a token from your smart device and you will be given five, 8-digit scratch codes. It is highly recommended that you write down the scratch codes and keep them in a secure location to be referenced if necessary in the future.
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What if I get a new smart device?

  • The easiest way to set up a new device for use in accessing your online account is to log into the Applicant Portal, then go to the Profile section and click "Setup Additional Device." This will generate a new QR code for you to scan using your new device (first you must download Authy or another 2FA app on the new device and click "Add Account" within the app).
  • If you no longer have access to your old device for use in accessing the portal and your Profile, you can use one of the scratch codes you recorded when you created your registration. At the login screen, when prompted for a token, enter one of the scratch codes. Then go to the profile section and setup your new device using the instructions above.
  • If you no longer have access to your old device and did not record scratch codes, but used Authy and enabled backups, you should download Authy onto your new device and restore your Authy keys.
  • If you need more information about your Two Factor Authentication app, such as adding it to a new device, updating your phone numbers, accessing backups, or turning off two-step verification, visit the Authy or Google Authenticator website. If you have a new device and no longer have access to the tokens for your FBBE account through any of the methods listed above, visit the Request to Reset Portal Access page for instructions explaining the process to restore portal access. Note that this process is only available to applicants who have finalized and submitted an application to the board and that the board will only respond in writing to the email address on file.
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What if I lose my smart device?

If you are unable access your smart device, you may use the scratch codes supplied on the profile page of the Applicant Portal.
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What if I need to change my profile name?

If you need to change your name as it appears on your online profile, go to your Profile page, then click on Edit. You must also submit an amendment to Items 1a, 1b, and 4 (if applicable) of your Bar Application when a name change occurs.
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Should I check the “Remember this device” option?

When you are prompted for your Two Factor Authentication code while logging in, you can select the option to “Remember this device.” Doing so will allow you to use those secure services using that browser for 30 days without having to enter a second method of authentication (token). After 30 days, the code will expire and you will need to generate a new code to log in to the Applicant Portal. You should only "Remember this device" on personally-owned devices or secure devices to which you alone have access.
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What if I do not have a smart device or a secure, personal computer?

You must notify the board in writing of your circumstances. Your notification must include your name, mailing address, and email address, along with a statement explaining that you cannot participate in the Two Factor Authentication process required for registration as you do not own a smart device or a secure, personal computer. Please allow five to ten business days for a response from the Board. Be sure to account for this extra time when considering filing deadlines.
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What if I need to change my email address?

If you need to update your email address, go to your Profile page, then click on “Edit,” provide a new email username, and click “Save” to confirm the change.
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What if I have deleted my Two Factor Authenticator app?

Download the app onto your device. For assistance restoring your Authy app from Authy backups, visit the Authy website for instructions. Also see the FAQ above, "What if I get a new smart device?" for other methods of access.
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