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Bar Begins Processing of Certificate of Good Standing Requests

February 26, 2018

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

Effective January 8, the D.C. Bar began issuing Certificates of Good Standing on behalf of the Court of Appeals. 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.

Online fulfillment of certificates is currently in development and will be available in the coming months. 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.

Bar members can request a certificate by making a purchase through the D.C. Bar Marketplace. To assist members during the transition, the Bar will continue to issue and mail paper certificates, with expedited processing and shipping options available in February. Walk-in requests will be accepted for Same-Day Service only at the D.C. Bar offices at 901 4th Street NW, 3rd floor. Requests can be placed into a secure lockbox at 3rd floor reception before 11 a.m. on weekdays, with pickup beginning at 2 p.m.

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.