Certificates and Forms

Certificate of Good Standing FAQs


Acting with an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our staff, Member Services will be transitioning to remote availability only effective March 13, 2020. During this time, the D.C. Bar will only accept requests for electronic Certificates of Good Standing and have suspended production of all printed Certificate orders. Orders for the electronic delivery Certificate should still be placed online by logging into your member account.

Electronic delivery orders are automatically generated and sent in PDF format via email within minutes.  The documents may also be downloaded for up to thirty days after the order is placed by logging into your D.C. Bar member account online.

If you require assistance logging into your account or have any questions, contact Member Services via email to [email protected] or call 202-626-3475.

We value your Membership and thank you for your understanding.

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. Click here to place your order today.

Q: Can I keep requesting my certificate in person?

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

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 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.

Q: I didn’t know about the updated process and I already mailed my request with a check. Can you make an exception and fulfill my mailed request?

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

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

A: Additional certificates will be processed for a fee of $5 for each copy. You can add additional copies to your order during check-out. 

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

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.

Q: Who is eligible for a Next-Day Request? 

A: Members with mailing addresses within the contiguous United States are able to receive a Certificate of Good Standing via FedEx Priority Overnight delivery. Requests for shipping to US Territories or International Addresses will be mailed via standard mail on the same day you place your order. 

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

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

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

A: 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.

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

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