This page covers issues relating to attorney licensing. If you are not admitted to the Bar of the Vermont Supreme Court and would like to apply for admission, see the Admission to the Vermont Bar page.

Attorney License Renewal

To renew your license to practice law, you must file an Attorney Licensing Statement and pay the licensing fee by July 1 of your reporting year.

Licensing Groups

Attorneys initially admitted to the Vermont Bar in even-numbered years are members of Group I. Attorneys initially admitted in odd-numbered years are members of Group II. Attorneys in Group I must complete the renewal process by July 1 in even-numbered years. Attorneys in Group II must complete the renewal process by July 1 in odd-numbered years.

A list of all attorneys in good standing is available here:

When it is time to renew your license, you will receive a reminder email at the address you provided to the Court Administrator. Forms are no longer mailed through the postal service.

Licensing Fee Payment

The online licensing system is available from May 1 to July 1 of each reporting period. Your license will be suspended on July 2 if you do not file a licensing statement and pay the appropriate fee by July 1. A reinstatement fee is required in addition to the relicensing fee for any licensing statement received after July 1.

To pay by mail, make checks payable to Attorney Licensing and send with the form(s) to:

Attorney Licensing Office
Costello Courthouse
32 Cherry Street, Suite 213
Burlington, VT 05401

Initial Licensure

If you are an attorney licensing for the first time, you must submit the Attorney Licensing Statement. Leave the space for your license number blank; you will be given a license number when your license is issued. If you hold client funds, you must open a pooled interest-bearing lawyer trust account (IOLTA) at an approved financial institution. If you are exempt from having to open an IOLTA, leave that space blank.

You do not need to file a continuing legal education statement with your first license application.

Make your check payable to Attorney Licensing and mail the form to:

Attorney Licensing Office
Costello Courthouse
32 Cherry Street, Suite 213
Burlington, VT 05401

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

Depending on your licensing status, you may also have to submit an Affidavit of Compliance with Rules for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. For more information, please visit the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education page.

Changing Status During a Licensing Period

To change your licensing status mid-cycle, please contact the Attorney Licensing Office. Email us at JUD.attylicensing@Vermont.gov.

Notification of Change in Address

You must notify the Attorney Licensing Office of any change in your office mailing or e-mail address within 30 days of the change. Please contact JUD.attylicensing@Vermont.gov.

Reinstatement After Suspension

To reinstate a license that has been administratively suspended, submit an attorney licensing statement and pay the appropriate fee. If more than a year has passed since you were suspended, contact JUD.attylicensing@Vermont.gov for further information.

Certificate of Good Standing

To request a Certificate of Good Standing, send a written request to:

Attorney Licensing
Costello Courthouse
32 Cherry Street, Suite 213
Burlington, VT 05401

Include the required fee and the address to which you would like the certificate to be sent. Please make your check payable to Attorney Licensing. Allow up to two weeks for processing.

If you also need your disciplinary history, you must mail a separate request to the:

Vermont Supreme Court
Professional Responsibility Program
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-0703
Attention: Deb Laferriere.

Pro Hac Vice

If you are licensed and in good standing in at least one other state or the District of Columbia and are not currently suspended or disbarred in any state or the District of Columbia, you may obtain a pro hac vice license to appear in a Vermont court in a single case. Please send the pro hac vice licensing form, an original Certificate of Good Standing (dated within six months of the pro hac vice application), and the fee to:

Attorney Licensing
Costello Courthouse
32 Cherry Street, Suite 213
Burlington, VT 05401

Please make your check payable to Attorney Licensing. Allow two weeks for processing.

A pro hac vice licensing card will be mailed to the Vermont sponsoring attorney, unless you direct otherwise. You or your sponsoring attorney must file the card in the court in which the case is pending. In addition, the sponsoring member of the Vermont Bar must file a motion to allow the pro hac vice appearance. The court will notify you once your motion is granted. See V.R.C.P. 79.1(e), V.R.Cr.P. 44.2(b), V.R.F.P. 15(e), V.R.P.P. 79.1(d), and V.R.A.P. 45.1(e) on the Vermont Statutes Unannotated and Vermont Court Rules LexisNexis site.

If your case is appealed, you do not have to pay another pro hac vice fee to appear in the Supreme Court. However, the Vermont sponsoring attorney must file a motion in the Supreme Court to allow your pro hac vice appearance there. See V.R.A.P. 45.1(e) on the Vermont Statutes Unannotated and Vermont Court Rules LexisNexis site.

Contact Information

Office of Attorney Licensing
Costello Courthouse
32 Cherry Street, Suite 213
Burlington, VT 05401

Phone: 802-859-3000
Fax: 802-859-3003

Andrew Strauss, Licensing Counsel
jud.attylicensing@vermont.gov