A person may not practice law in this state unless that person has secured an annual license from the State Board of Law Examiners on or before January first of each year. The license is valid for the calendar year for which it is issued. Billing statements are mailed to lawyers in approximately mid-November each year. Payment is accepted only by check or money order; no credit cards are accepted.

Fee schedule adopted and amended by the State Bar Association in June 2004:

$325 - one year or less from date of admission;
$350 - more than one and less than five years from date of admission;
$380 - five or more years from date of admission; and
$200 - admitted after September 1 of current year.

Under N.D.C.C. 27-12-04, $75 of every license fee is used to pay for lawyer discipline.