The State Bar issues a single-page Certificate of Standing to verify an attorney's name, bar number, admission date, current status, any name 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
Standard and Complaint Check Certificates are now electronic and will be sent via email. Notarized Certificates will continue to only be sent via U.S. Mail or UPS.
Pay by mailed check
If you have questions about the procedure for obtaining State Bar Certificates of Standing, please email AttorneyRegulation@calbar.ca.gov or call 888-800-3400.
Some jurisdictions, such as the U.S. Supreme Court, may require a “certificate from the highest court you are a [licensee] of” or indicate that it should not be from the State Bar. These kinds of certificates are obtained directly from the California 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 Street, Room 1295
San Francisco, CA 94102
For questions call the Supreme Court at 415-865-7000.