Attorney Registration (Licensing) & Identification

Q: Does membership in the NYSBA entitle an attorney to practice in New York?
A: No. The NYSBA is not the official New York Bar and is not responsible for attorney licenses or registration. Please contact the NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA), the official licensing/registration unit: 212.428.2800, or visit

Q: As a licensed attorney, how often do I have to pay my NYSBA Membership dues versus my licensing fees?
: NYSBA membership dues are voluntary and are paid annually. Licensing fees with the NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA) are mandatory and are paid biennially by all attorneys engaged in the active practice of law. For information regarding NYSBA membership dues, call 800.582.2452. For information regarding OCA licensing fees, call 212.428.2800.