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What happens if I fail to report my compliance or exemption and pay my late fee for the 2020-2022 reporting period on or before the ARDC’s final compliance deadline of November 30, 2022?

Supreme Court Rule(s) cited in this FAQ: Rule 796.

The ARDC has set November 30, 2022 as the final deadline to complete credits, report your compliance or exemption, and pay the late fee. If you fail to complete credits, report your compliance or exemption, and pay the late fee by 11:59 p.m. CST on November 30, 2022, the ARDC will remove your name from the Master Roll for MCLE non-compliance on December 1, 2022. Removal means the attorney may not practice law using their Illinois license until reinstated, but it is not a disciplinary sanction. Rule 796(e).

If the ARDC removes your name from the Master Roll for MCLE non-compliance, your status with the ARDC will be "unauthorized to practice law." That status will be visible on the ARDC website's “Attorney Search” until you complete the steps to be reinstated to the Master Roll and are reinstated to the Master Roll.

If you placed your license on retired status after the June 30, 2022 completion deadline and were thereafter removed from the Master Roll for MCLE non-compliance, your status on the ARDC's website will read: “Retired - Removed and not authorized to practice law".

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