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Approximately 60 days before your recertification date you will receive a “time to recertify” email. At that time, please log into the online portal, complete and submit the recertification application, upload a copy of your certificate of attendance, and pay the required fees using your bank account or credit card information.

A late fee of $25 will be charged to any certified paralegal’s account who fails to file the recertification application within 45 days of their due date. Recertification applications will not be accepted more than 90 days after the due date and your certification will automatically lapse.

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 CPEs, 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.

All applications are reviewed by the Board of Paralegal Certification after the quarterly meetings in February, May, August, or November. You can track the progress of your recertification application by logging into your online portal account.

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

If you have issues with the online portal, please email the certified paralegal program at