The State Bar issues a single-page Certificate of Standing to verify an attorney's name, bar number, admission date, current status, any number or status changes and any public discipline as of the date of the certificate. The ultimate recipient decides how long they consider the certificate valid. Note that the State Bar does not use the term "good standing" since this may vary by jurisdiction. This document is not the frameable admission certificate issued by the Office of Admissions.
Order your Certificate of Standing online
Read information on the three kinds of certificates you can order.
After entering your online order for a standard, notarized and/or complaint check certificate for an individual attorney, payment options include:
If you wish to pay using a credit card with a non-U.S. billing address, please enter your online order, click the payment option to mail a check and send an email to the State Bar at email@example.com. We will email you the proper payment form to return along with your printed order summary page.
Notes for ordering the Certificate of Standing online
For questions or technical problems, contact Member Records at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do not complete other jurisdictions' forms or questionnaires about complaint status or provide separate "disciplinary history" letters apart from our Complaint Check Certificate of Standing. So if complaint information is required for your application, order only the Complaint Check Certificate of Standing.
A complaint check certificate already contains a standard Certificate of Standing. It does NOT need a separate standard or notarized Certificate of Standing to accompany it, and when sent to another U.S jurisdiction, it does NOT require notarization.
A complaint check certificate of standing may only be requested by the member who is the subject of the complaint check, and will be released only with his/her signed authorization and accompanying proof of identification (bar card, DMV driver’s license or ID card, or passport). When you place your order online, download the authorization form as instructed, and then either email or mail it, as indicated, along with the required identification document.
Alternatively, you can follow the prompts to sign in to your online My State Bar Profile and sign electronically to authorize your complaint check certificate.
For security reasons the complaint check certificate may be sent ONLY to another state bar or supreme court's bar examiners/admissions office, OR to the attorney who is the subject of the complaint check at his/her official address of record at the State Bar. Please indicate the recipient and address on the request form or authorization form and allow extra processing time for a complaint check certificate.
Some jurisdictions (such as the U.S. Supreme Court) require a certificate from the California Supreme Court. The requesting entity will usually use the term, “a certificate from the highest court you are a member of,” or indicate that it should not be from the State Bar.
These kinds of certificates are obtained directly from the Supreme Court with a written request and a $1 fee (dollar bill or check payable to Clerk of the Supreme Court of California). Send your request, payment and self-addressed stamped envelope to:
California Supreme Court
350 McAllister St., Rm 1295
San Francisco, CA 94102
For questions call the Supreme Court at 415-865-7000