How to apply for a practising certificate

Step by step guide

Who can apply

You must have been admitted to the roll.

You will be practising as a solicitor if you are involved in legal practice and:

  • your involvement in the firm or the work depends on your being a solicitor;
  • you are held out explicitly or implicitly as a practising solicitor
  • you are employed explicitly or implicitly as a solicitor; or
  • you are deemed by section 1A of the Solicitors Act 1974 to be acting as a Solicitor.

To help you understand the circumstances in which you might need a practising certificate, see our practising certificate guidance.


How to apply

Are you eligible?

Make sure that you have a mySRA account. Find out how open an account if you do not have one.

We recommend that you apply at least 30 days before you wish to start practising or immediately after you are told that your application for admission has been granted.

When applying, you will be asked whether you are eligible for reduced fees and about your continuing competence.


How to pay

The standard fee for 2019/2020 is £338 but this will vary depending on when you are applying. The fee includes an admin fee, the regulatory fees and a compensation fund contribution.

You can pay by credit or debit card at the end of your application.

For further details about how fees are calculated, see our Annual Fees.

What next

We aim to process 95% of applications within 30 days. We will send you an email confirmation once your application has been processed.


Log in to apply

When you are ready to apply, the link below will take you to mySRA login page. You will need your SRA number to apply.

Application for Individual Practising Certificate

Log in to mySRA to apply, go to start a new application