First-Time Exam Fees

  • Exam Fees Tennessee: $575 
  • Final Absolute Deadline: No applications will be accepted after December 20 for the February/Winter examination or May 20 for the July/Summer examination. These are the only deadlines and they are absolute. No requests for extensions or waivers will be considered. 
  • Refund Policy
    • Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE except to the extent for examination fees and only to the extent provided below. Fees are due upon filing of an application. No step in the admissions process may be taken except upon payment of the fees required for that step. See Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 7, §§ 11.01 -11.03
    • Examination Fees: 
      • Non-transferable. Refund of $150 if written notice of withdrawal received by FEBRUARY 1 for February exam or by JULY 1 for July exam.
      • If, within 3 weeks after the deadline for filing applications, an Applicant is found by the Board to be ineligible to sit for the exam due to an incomplete application and that decision is not reconsidered and set-aside, a first-time exam applicant will receive a refund of $425*. 
      • No Refund if Notice of Withdrawal Received after February 1 for February Exam or July 1 for July Exam
      • NOTE: For exam fees, there is no credit given for previously paid fees net of any refund. The previously paid fee is an administrative fee for processing the application.

Miscellaneous Fees effective January 1, 2016:

  • Returned Check Fee: Fee charged by bank plus $10
  • Copy Fee: $20
  • Archive Fee: $40
  • License Fee: $150 (paid as part of registration with the Board of Professional Responsibility)
  • Reissue License: $25
  • Practice Pending Admission Registration (§§ 5.01(g) or 10.04): $40
  • Practice Pending Admission Re-registration: $25

The TNBLE is unable to accept credit card payments. Application fees may be paid by check or money order and mailed to our office or paid in person by check, money order, or cash. Regardless of method of payment, exam fees must be received on or before the office closes at 4:30 p.m. prevailing Central time (CST/CDT) on the day of the deadline.This is a received by deadline, not a postmark deadline. 

*Amended by Supreme Court 9/11/17