Colorado Supreme Court

Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel

Promoting Professionalism. Protecting the Public.



The Application

All applications must be completed and submitted through the CiviCore™ Application Management System (AMS). All applicants must obtain a unique identification number from the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) as part of the application process. You can obtain your NCBE number here.

Application Instructions and Fees

See a sample application here.


Application Fees

All fees must be paid electronically at the time your application is submitted.  Application fees are subject to change without notice.

All fees, including late filing penalties, are assessed according to the date they are electronically received. Postmarks will NOT be honored.

Application fees submitted electronically and rejected as unpaid for "insufficient funds, closed account, or stop payment" will be deemed not timely filed.  

For bar examination applications, if declined or dishonored payments are resubmitted after the first filing deadline but no later than the last filing deadline a $200 late penalty fee and a $30 service charge payment must be added to the amount due.  Fees that are declined or dishonored and not resubmitted by the last day of the late filing period will not be accepted and the application will be denied as not timely filed.

Reapplication to Take the Colorado Bar Exam

If you previously submitted an application to take the Colorado Bar Examination using the CiviCore™ AMS, you may reapply by logging in to your application account and selecting the option for returning candidates to reapply. The AMS will prompt you to review and edit (if applicable) all information previously submitted. New forms must be completed each time you reapply. You must submit a newly signed, dated and notarized Authorization and Release and Statement of Verification, new fingerprints and a new driving record each time you reapply. Additional instructions are contained within the application.

Although reapplying for the Colorado bar exam is intended to be streamlined for returning candidates, completion of the application will still require significant time to complete properly. Accordingly, you should prepare your application well in advance of the deadline in order to avoid late filing fees.

The Office of Attorney Admissions will generally reject an application that does not conform to the rules, which then may require reapplication for a subsequent exam. Be certain to frequently check “Important Bar Exam Dates” for a schedule of exam dates, filing deadlines and other relevant dates related to the bar exam.

Fingerprint Submission Requirement

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is responsible for receiving and processing fingerprint submissions for background checks. Once processed, they will provide the results only to the agency/organization named in the "Employer and Address" field on the fingerprint card. The results are non-transferable and, therefore, cannot be released by CBI to an organization that is not specifically listed on the fingerprint card (e.g., results for fingerprints submitted for a license to practice law in Colorado cannot be released to another state or jurisdiction).

As part of an application for admission to practice law in Colorado, each applicant shall submit to the Office of Attorney Admissions, a complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency, for the purpose of obtaining a fingerprint-based criminal history check. New fingerprints are required with each application submission, including reapplications.

Note: As part of the background check process, the submitted fingerprints will also be forwarded by the CBI to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). If an applicant wishes to challenge the information contained in either the CBI or the FBI identification record, he or she has the right to do so. Additionally, applicants may request a copy of the national criminal history record from the FBI. For more details on obtaining or challenging a criminal history record, please see the Notice to Applicants and/or How to Obtain and Challenge Your FBI Identification Record.

1. The Fingerprint Information Sheet provides the necessary details you will need to complete the fingerprint process. Please print and take a copy of the Fingerprint Information Sheet with you to your local Law Enforcement Agency (e.g., Police Department or Sheriff's Office). Please note: it is a legal requirement that a qualified law enforcement agency assist you with completing the fingerprint card. You may wish to call ahead to confirm that a particular office is able assist you.

2. Follow the process as outlined in the Fingerprint Information Sheet. Use black ink only. You MUST use a fingerprint card on card-stock; fingerprints on regular paper will NOT be accepted.

3. Upload a copy of the completed fingerprint card to your bar application account. You must also mail or hand-deliver the original completed fingerprint card to the Office of Attorney Admissions. Fingerprint cards may NOT be folded, stapled or otherwise altered or mutilated, including, but not limited to, taping the card to another object.

Note: DO NOT send fingerprint submission to the CBI. Fingerprint cards must be sent directly to the Office of Attorney Admissions.