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Certificate of Good Standing

How do I obtain a Certificate of Good Standing?

The D.C. Bar now offers online order and fulfillment of Certificates of Good Standing. Click here to order your certificate (login required). Members can receive their certificates immediately via email or select from a variety of processing times for hard-copy certificates.

Why are Certificates of Good Standing being processed by the D.C. Bar rather than the Committee on Admissions?

We field many calls in D.C. Bar Membership asking about Certificates of Good Standing, and as the Committee on Admissions already uses our database for the information it utilizes for the certificates, centralizing the process makes the most sense for members and staff alike.

How much is a Certificate of Good Standing?

Obtaining a Certificate of Good Standing costs $25. The process is completely online and takes a few minutes. Members do not need to visit the Bar in person or pay a courier.  Click here to place your order today.
The cost of the Certificate of Good Standing covers the technology costs of the transition to an online-only system and is in line with the prices for Certificates of Good Standing in other jurisdictions (ranging from $1 to $50). 

Can I keep requesting my Certificate of Good Standing in person?

Effective July 1, 2019, the D.C. Bar no longer accepts certificate requests submitted in person. 

Who is eligible to receive a Certificate of Good Standing?

Active, Inactive, and Judicial members of the Bar who are in good standing with the Bar are able to receive a certificate stating their status. If a member has retired, resigned, or been suspended, they are unable to receive a Certificate of Good Standing.

How can I find out if I am in good standing?

You can utilize our Find a Member tool on the D.C. Bar website to view your standing with the Bar. Alternatively, you can log into your D.C. Bar member account and check your status on your account. If you require further assistance, you may call 202-626-3475 to reach D.C. Bar Member Services, and we will be happy to assist you any weekday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. except for the 1–2 p.m. lunch hour.

Can you make an exception and fulfill my mailed request for a Certificate of Good Standing?

Mailed requests are no longer accepted. Any mailed requests that are received will be returned to the sender.

How do I get extra copies of my Certificate of Good Standing?

Additional certificates will be processed for a fee of $5 for each copy. You can add additional copies to your order during checkout. 

What if I submit a request for a Certificate of Good Standing, and then want to change the processing time? Can I submit a second request and cancel the request I previously submitted?

Due to the number of requests we receive, all additional requests will be treated as new requests. Each request will be processed separately, and the applicable processing time will be applied. All Certificate of Good Standing orders are non-refundable.

Who is eligible for a Next-Day Request?

Members with mailing addresses within the contiguous United States can receive a Certificate of Good Standing via FedEx Priority Overnight delivery. Requests for shipping to U.S. territories or international addresses will be mailed via standard mail on the same day you place your order. 

I want my certificate mailed to a different address than my primary address on file. How do I change my shipping address?

If you would like your Certificate of Good Standing mailed to an alternate address, you can indicate your alternate address during checkout. If you placed an order for a regular hard-copy certificate and forgot to change your mailing address, please call 202-626-3475 by noon the day after you place your order to make your request.

How will I know my certificate has been mailed? Can I get an estimated mailing time for my certificate?

You will receive two emails to your primary email address on file for your records: a receipt of your purchase, as well as a confirmation email once the certificate is mailed. Tracking numbers are available for next-day orders only.

I need to order Certificates of Good Standing for multiple attorneys. Is there a way to place one order for multiple members?

Certificates of Good Standing are only able to be purchased by using an individual member account.