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The renewal application fee is $50. A late fee of $25 will be charged to any certified paralegal who fails to file the renewal application within 45 days of the due date; provided, however, a renewal application will not be accepted more than 90 days after the due date. Failure to renew shall result in lapse of certification.

To qualify for continued certification, a certified paralegal must participate in not less than six hours of board approved continuing paralegal education (CPE) each year. One hour of the six CPE credits must be in ethics/professional responsibility. Certified paralegals may take unlimited online CLE or CPE, as long as the course is accredited for CLE by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education or accredited for CPE by the Board of Paralegal Certification. All programs approved for continuing legal education (CLE) credit for lawyers are automatically approved for CPE credit. 

Renewal is required annually on either July 1 or January 1, depending on your original certification date. If you are unsure about your renewal date, you can find it on our website. Go to the Paralegal Search page and search for your name. Then click VIEW beside your displayed name. The “VIEW” page will list your next renewal due date as well as your current status.

Approximately 60 days before your renewal date you will be mailed the application to be completed and returned to our office. Please be advised that this is a courtesy. If an application form is not received, it is the responsibility of the certified paralegal to download the application form from our website, complete it, and mail it to the paralegal certification program before the deadline.

All applications are reviewed by the Board of Paralegal Certification. After the board has reviewed and approved your application at one of its quarterly meetings in February, May, August, or November, your status in our database will be updated and notification of recertification will be sent via email.

More information about renewing certification can be found on the FAQ page