Certificates and Forms

Certificate of Good Standing FAQs

Q: Why are Certificates of Good Standing being processed by the DC Bar rather than the Committee on Admissions? 

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

Q: Why did the price increase from $5 to $25?

A: While the price may have increased $20, the process has become more streamlined to save members both time and money in the act of facilitating a request. With the conversion to an online application, members can now request a CGS without ever leaving their office or paying a courier. While the old process required sending multiple materials to the Court of Appeals, or making time for an in-person visit to the Courts, requests are now able to be made in less than 5 minutes on our website. By transitioning all Certificate requests online, the process becomes more secure, increases efficiency, and provides a more positive member experience. Prices for Certificates of Good Standing in other jurisdictions vary from $1 to $50, placing the D.C. Bar in the median for similar processes at mandatory bars across the country.

Q: Can I keep requesting my certificate in person?

A: Effective February 1st, the D.C. Bar will accept walk-in requests for same-day requests only. Same-day requests will be accepted at the D.C. Bar offices at 1101 K Street NW, second floor, on weekdays before 11 a.m. Requests will be available for pick-up after 3 p.m. Note: The D.C. Bar’s office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-in requests will not be accepted after April 8, 2018.

Q: I didn’t hear anything about the change in processing time and location. Can I get my certificate by tomorrow? 

A: While we sympathize with members that may have missed the news of the transition, we have made several efforts to notify members and staff alike of this change via emails, the Bar Bulletin, the D.C. Bar website, the Committee on Admissions website, and multiple other channels of information. After February 1, we are pleased to provide Same-Day Processing and Pick-Up for $150, and 1- Day Processing and Overnight Mail to members for $100. Until that date, the fastest way to get your certificate will be to submit an in-person application at the D.C. Bar office, and we will have it ready in 48 hours.

Q: Who should I contact if I applied for a Certificate of Good Standing prior to January 8th and have not yet received it?

A: All requests submitted in-person or postmarked on or before January 8th will be handled by the Committee on Admissions. If you have further questions about the status of your application, please contact the Committee on Admissions at (202) – 879 – 2710.

Q: Who is eligible to receive a Certificate of Good Standing?

A: Active, Inactive, and Judicial members of the Bar maintain good standing with the Bar and 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.

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

A: 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 the D.C. Bar Member Service Center, and we will be happy to assist you any weekday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Q: I didn’t know about the price increase and I already mailed my request with a $5 check. Can I just send another check for $20?

A: Any mailed requests that are received with a payment less than the full amount will be returned with a letter detailing the new process. Please note that mailed requests will only be accepted until February 8th, 2018

Q: How do I get extra copies of my certificate?

A: Additional certificates will be processed for a fee of $5 for each copy. If you require additional certificates, please contact Member Services at (202)-626-3475 to place your order.

Q: Who should I contact for a Disciplinary Certificate?

A: To obtain a letter regarding disciplinary history, please forward your request to:

Office of Bar Counsel
515 5th St. N.W.
Building A, Room 117
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202)-638-1501

Q: 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? 

A: 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.