Apply for a practising certificate

Step by step guide

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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 if you need a practising certificate, read our guidance.

How to apply

The application can be found under 'Start a new application' and in 'Available applications'.

It is called 'Apply for a practising certificate' and will be at the top of the list.

First practising certificate

You can apply for a practising certificate once you have chosen your admission date.

You will then need to renew your certificate each year before it expires on 31 October.

Returning after a career break

If you are returning to the profession, please apply at least 30 days before you wish to start practising.

Renewing your practising certificate

For solicitors already practising, you will use the same application to renew your certificate each year in October. When applying, you will be asked whether you are eligible for reduced fees and if you have met our continuing competence requirements. Find out more.

If you start an individual renewal application and then decide to opt into your employer's bulk renewal, you will need to withdraw that application first. You will find the 'Withdraw my application' button at the bottom of the summary page.

Character and suitability issues

You must tell us if anything relevant to your suitability to be a solicitor has happened since you were admitted or last renewed your certificate. This includes anything that would adversely affect your ability to meet your regulatory obligations as a solicitor or to be subject to regulatory investigations or proceedings if required.

As set out in our Assessment of Character and Suitability Rules, such information may relate to issues including (but not limited to):

  • criminal conduct
  • behaviour which has a bearing on your integrity and independence
  • education assessment offences
  • financial conduct and events (see Table 2 in the Rules)
  • regulatory or disciplinary findings
  • health conditions.

Our rules provide more detail about the information that you must disclose to us.

Telling us about health conditions

If you have a health condition and are not sure whether you need to report it to us see our approach to health issues and medical evidence. It explains when health issues can be a regulatory concern and should be reported to us and how we deal with those that arise during investigations.

You do not need to tell us about a health condition if you are satisfied that you and, where relevant, your employer are taking appropriate steps to address the condition. And any risks it may pose to your practice as a solicitor or your ability to meet your regulatory obligations. This includes taking part in an investigation or disciplinary process.

If you are not certain that you can safely manage any risk that a health condition may pose, you should let us know via email.

How to pay

You need to pay online by credit or debit card at the end of your application. We do not accept cheques, bank transfer or card payment by telephone.

Find out what fees you will pay.

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.

You will then be able to download your certificates from mySRA. We do not issue hard copy certificates.

Log in to apply

When you are ready to apply, the link below will take you to mySRA login page.

Application for Individual Practising Certificate

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

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