PACE Application

This application must be filled in and submitted online. Incomplete forms or those missing required supporting documents will be rejected and the exam fee refunded. The $25 application fee is non-refundable, and in the event of a re-submission a new application fee will be charged. Please check all form fields and supporting document uploads are complete before submitting!

Important: If you are a NFPA member, use the member sign-in before you fill in this form so you get the member discount on the exam fee!

Applicant Information

First Name:
Middle Initial
(or name, if you prefer):
Last Name:
Credential(s) Held:
e.g. RP, CRP
Preferred E-mail:
Alternate E-mail:
Telephone (work):
Telephone (home):
If address below is the employer's address
Address line 2: (if needed)
How did you hear
about NFPA and PACE?


This application is based on ONE of the following eligibility prerequisites:
An associate's degree in paralegal studies obtained from an institutionally accredited or ABA-approved paralegal education program and at least six years of substantive paralegal experience; or
A bachelor's degree in any course of study and at least three years of substantive paralegal experience; or
A bachelor's degree that includes completion of a paralegal program with an institutionally accredited school, said program may be embodied in a bachelor's degree, and at least two years of substantive paralegal experience; or
At least four years of substantive experience as a paralegal obtained by December 31, 2000.

Highest Education Level Achieved

High School
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Bachelor's degree including paralegal studies
Master's degree
Doctorate (Ph.D.)
Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Paralegal program certificate - yes
Paralegal program certificate - no
Required supporting documentation based on your selections above. Attach PDF's here, total of files must be smaller than 4 MB:
Scan of diploma:
Scan of paralegal certificate:
Scan of offical transcripts:
Scan of letter(s) from current (and previous, if necessary) employer(s) verifying the required years of paralegal work experience:
Employer Letters must:
  • be on company letterhead
  • say the specific dates of employment
  • verify the work was paralegal in nature (as defined by the PACE Handbook)
  • bear the original signature of the employer
Scan of letter of reference:
Letters of Reference must:
  • be authored by a lawyer, judge or Registered Paralegal
  • be on the individual's letterhead or the letterhead of the organization they work at
  • verify your paralegal work including a detailed description of its substantive nature
  • show the number of years the individual has been familiar with your paralegal work
  • bear the original signature of the individual providing the reference
If applicable: If your supporting documents show a name different from the one on this application, upload a marriage certificate or court-approved petition for name change:

Application Status

First-time PACE candidate
Repeat PACE candidate

Specialty Areas and Demographic Information

Indicate all the specialty areas in which you have at least six months of experience. This information is for statistical use only and is not used to verify your experience for qualification purposes.
Administrative Law
Corporate Law
Family Law
Personal Injury
Probate/Estates and Trusts
Real Estate

How many years of paralegal experience do you have?
You can assist NFPA in complying with federal equal opportunity guidelines by responding to the next three optional questions addressing race, age, and sex. This information will be used for statistical purposes only and will in no way affect your examination eligibility or results.
Ethnic Origin
American Indian/Native American
Asian, Asian American
African American/Black
Hispanic/Hispanic American
Age Range
Under 25
40 and above

Special Accomodations

Indicate whether you are requesting special accommodations for this examination.

Notice of Passing PACE

For candidates successfully passing PACE, NFPA or any of its agents reserves the right to release limited information as to the name, city, state and association affiliation of the candidate. At this time this is mainly by lists on the website and in the Annual Convention program. If you do not wish to be listed uncheck this checkbox.

Exam Impropriety Clause and Use of Credential

I apply to sit for PACE. I understand that successful completion of PACE depends on my satisfying all criteria for knowledge, education, and experience established by NFPA, including the submission of all required documents and references. I also understand that any false, inaccurate, or misleading statements included here will constitute grounds for the suspension or revocation of the PACE credential awarded on the basis of the information I provide.

I understand and acknowledge that PACE and its contents are highly confidential and proprietary to NFPA and PACE. By signing this acknowledgment, I agree not to copy, distribute, or disclose the contents, or breach its confidentiality. I further acknowledge that disclosure of exam questions or specific contents may result in the loss of the credential and/or inability to sit for the exam at some future time.

By submitting this application, I certify that I have not been convicted of a felony. (or comparable crime as defined by a state that does not have a felony designation) I also certify that I am not currently under suspension, termination, or revocation of a certificate, registration, or license to practice by a professional organization, court, disciplinary board, or agency in any jurisdiction.

I understand that by submitting this acknowledgment, I am giving full authority to the Certification Standards Committee, NFPA, Prometric, or any of its agents to obtain all necessary information to confirm this application, including its supporting documents. Further, I acknowledge that this is a release to any individual or entity that I have referenced in the application and/or supporting documents to provide any and all information necessary to support and/or deny my application.

Furthermore, I understand that the score I receive immediately upon completion of the exam is an unofficial, preliminary score. I understand that use of the trademarked credential (e.g. Jane Doe, RP® or Jane Doe, PACE Registered Paralegal®) before it is officially bestowed is prohibited.


The PACE examination fee is $250, or $225 for NFPA members. There is also a $25 application fee. Your total is $275.
Pay by: credit card (Visa/MasterCard/American Express)
check or money order (payment submittal information on next page)

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