Application for Bar Card


Courthouse ID Badges


Maryland State Bar Association, Inc.
520 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Beginning September 15, 2009, any lawyer seeking to obtain a Baltimore City Courthouse Security ID must come to MSBA Headquarters. The Baltimore City Sheriff has stopped issuing the cards at the Mitchell Courthouse.

The Maryland State Bar Association Courthouse Identification Badge is available to any attorney who has been admitted to practice law in this state, who is currently a member of the bar in good standing, and who is currently certified by the Court of Appeals as an active practitioner (or exempt inactive/retired practitioner), pursuant to the attorney’s compliance with the rules of the Clients’ Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland (CPF), including payment of the annual assessment fee required by the CPF. Identification badges expire three (3) years from the date of processing. (Please note that you will not receive any notice from us reminding you of your current badge’s expiration.) There is a $10.00 administrative FEE for issuance of a badge.

Procedures for obtaining an identification badge are:

1. Complete the application in legible print or type and sign the security statement.

2. Mail the completed 2nd page of this form to the MSBA at the address indicated above, along with your check in the amount of $10.00, made payable to MSBADo not send your photo to the MSBA.

3. Obtain a passport-style photo*, approximately 1¼”x 1?, to take with you to the sheriff’s office, after you receive notice from the MSBA that your application has been processed and your badge has been forwarded to the Sheriff for issuance. Do not send your photo to the MSBA with this application.

4. After your application and badge have been processed, you will be notified by letter to appear in person with your passport-style photo and additional identification (driver’s license or other picture I.D.), before the Sheriff, who will issue your identification badge. The process usually takes approximately 3 weeks.

Please note: The Harford County Sheriff’s Department does not accept the MSBA Courthouse ID Card for attorney entrance into the courthouse (to bypass security screening). If you frequent Harford County, you should ask for Deputy Cree and apply for the Harford County Courthouse ID Card. This must be done in person, at the courthouse. Once approved, your photo will be taken there and the card issued.

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