Supreme Court Rule 756 provides that on February 1 of each year, the ARDC must remove from the master roll the name of any lawyer who has not registered for that year. The rule also provides that any lawyer who practices law while not on the master roll engages in the unauthorized practice of law and may be held in contempt. ARDC sends a Final Registration Notice in January, warning unregistered attorneys that they will be removed from the master roll if they do not register. Upon removal, the ARDC publishes this status publicly to the Lawyer Search section of our website.

If you have been removed from the master roll for failure to register, you can be reinstated by registering and paying the required registration fee and any penalty due.

Computing Penalties:    Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 756, ARDC will assess a penalty of $25 per month beginning with the year for which you first failed to register.  The late fee is first added upon removal from the Master Roll but is retroactive to the beginning of the year.

Please note that the $25 monthly penalty will continue to accrue indefinitely, for each successive year that you fail to register.

If you have not registered on a timely basis, you can verify the amount you owe by contacting our Registration Department at, at (312) 565-2600 or, from within Illinois, (800) 826-8625.

NOTE: If you tender less than the full amount due, you will not be registered until the balance owed has been received.