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How to renew a Practising Certificate
All practising certificates issued in Victoria expire on 30 June each year. You must apply to renew your certificate if you want to continue to practise law after this date. This includes lawyers who received their first practising certificate any time before 30 June.
Practising certificate renewals for 2020/21 are now closed
All 2019/20 practising certificates expired on 30 June 2020. If you did not renew your certificate you will now need to apply for a new certificate. A 200% surcharge applies if you apply for a new certificate between 1 July and 30 September.
You can apply for a new certificate at LSB Online.
Didn't renew in time?
If you tried to renew your certificate and needed our assistance to finalise your renewal, and we were not able to get back to you before 30 June, we will not penalise you for this. We will consider your circumstances and where appropriate either not apply or refund the surcharge. A member of our Enquiries and Review team will get back to you as soon as possible to assist you to renew your certificate. You can continue to practise while we do this.
If your certificate is pending you can continue to practice while we process this. You don't need to contact us. If approved, we will send you a new certificate via LSB Online.
How to apply
To apply for a new certificate, you need to log in to your LSB Online account and follow the prompts. The application process explains all the information we need from you, and the fees you have to pay.
You must complete the personal declaration yourself. No other person can make this declaration for you.
Please note: we can't process your application if you have not paid your fees. You cannot practise law without a current practising certificate.
We will issue your certificate to your nominated email address when we approve your application. Please ensure you keep your email address up to date in LSB Online.
There are three types of fees that may apply to your practising certificate. These are:
- a prescribed fee for your type of practising certificate;
- a contribution to the Fidelity fund; and
- professional indemnity insurance.
Law practices who pay for their employees fees should log in to their LSB Online account. For further information see the Practising certificate renewals 2020-21: Information for employers fact sheet.
Deadlines and surcharges
If you failed to apply by 30 June, you will need to apply for a new practising certificate. You will incur a 200% surcharge on the practising certificate fee if you apply between 1 July and 30 September. We may also ask you for a declaration that you have not practised law since your last certificate expired. We may refund all or part of a surcharge paid if there are special circumstances.
We cannot backdate practising certificates.
If you don’t intend to continue to practise law, please log in to LSB Online and complete the ‘Not renewing’ form. This will take you off our follow-up and reminder mailing lists.
Need help with your renewal?
If you are a solicitor and you need help with your renewal application, please use the lawyer enquiry form to send your question.