The applications are fillable online but you cannot submit them electronically. You will need to print them and sign them prior to mailing them in. The Explanation of Exemptions will help guide you to understanding your ‘Basis of Exemption’, question 1, page 2.
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If a law firm files your application(s), certificates and renewals are sent directly to the law firm unless otherwise requested in a cover letter. Mailing information can be changed at any time by request of the certificate holder or affiliate.
Annual renewal forms are sent out every year via US mail around the end of January/beginning of February. They must be processed by mail or online every year to remain in compliance. An instruction form accompanies the renewal.
If submitting your application on or after October 1st of the year, your renewal date will be pushed forward an extra year. So, if you apply Sept. 10, 2016, your first renewal will come in 2018.