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Bar Begins Processing of Certificate of Good Standing Requests

January 8, 2018

D.C. Bar will begin processing Certificate of Good Standing requests in 2018.

Certificates of Good Standing are now issued by the D.C. Bar on behalf of the D.C. Court of Appeals Committee on Admissions. Under the new streamlined process, Bar members will be able to easily request their Certificate of Good Standing online through the D.C. Bar Marketplace.

This online process replaces all paper forms that formerly required submission in person, by fax, or by mail. By transitioning all certificate requests online, the process becomes more secure, increases efficiency, and provides a more positive member experience.

In the spring, fulfillment of certificates also will be done online. Members will receive their certificates in PDF form, making the D.C. Bar the first mandatory bar to provide a completely web-based request and fulfillment process for Certificates of Good Standing.

As the Bar works toward a fully automated process utilizing the Marketplace, Certificate of Good Standing requests can be submitted through a SignNow form, which is available on the Certificates and Forms page of the D.C. Bar website. To assist members during the transition, we will continue to issue and mail paper certificates, with expedited processing and shipping options available in February. Walk-in requests will also be accepted at the D.C. Bar offices at 1101 K Street NW, second floor. Requests will require a 48-hour processing time.

In addition to the convenience of being able to request their certificate online, members also are afforded a new level of privacy. Members will no longer be required to provide their Bar numbers or other personal information to couriers or legal assistants.

The move to an automated process will additionally lend itself well to resolving requests from members who are ineligible for a Certificate of Good Standing for a variety of reasons. Without the delays that manual processing entails, members who are not in good standing will quickly learn the reasons regarding their ineligibility and how to resolve them.

“As the largest unified bar in the United States, the D.C. Bar Membership Office consistently looks for ways to improve the member experience,” says Natasha Ghent-Rodriguez, director of member services and experience at the D.C. Bar. “Automating the Certificate of Good Standing process will make us the first mandatory Bar to provide a completely web-based process, and we are excited for members to experience the convenience and security this new method offers.”

For more information on the processing of Certificates of Good Standing by the D.C. Bar, visit dcbar.org/goodstanding.