The State Bar of California

Certificate of Standing

  1. 1. Order Description
  2. 2. Contact Information
  3. 3. Order Details
  4. 4. Review
  5. 5. Payment

Order Description

Available options:

  • Standard Certificates of Standing
    (Most Commonly Required — Includes public disciplinary history.)
  • Foreign (Non-U.S.) Notarized Certificates of Standing
    (Generally for non-U.S. jurisdictions. Allow extra processing time.)
  • Complaint Check Certificates of Standing
    (OFTEN REQUIRED FOR APPLICATIONS TO OTHER JURISDICTIONS) — This is a standard certificate of standing with the addition of any complaint information. Allow extra processing time. Additional Requirements Apply.)
 

Certificate of Standing Types

  • Standard Certificate of Standing (MOST COMMONLY REQUIRED) Includes member’s full name, bar number, and date of admission, plus any name changes, status changes, administrative actions, reportable actions, and public disciplinary history.
  • Foreign (Non-U.S.) Jurisdiction Certificate of Standing Requiring Notarization (RARELY REQUIRED) A standard certificate of standing that is notarized, occasionally required by foreign country jurisdictions but NOT by U.S. state bars or supreme courts. Allow extra processing time for notarized certificates.
  • Complaint Check Certificate of Standing (OFTEN REQUIRED FOR APPLICATIONS TO OTHER JURISDICTIONS) This is a standard certificate of standing with the ADDITION of any confidential complaint (or "grievance") information; you DO NOT need a separate standard certificate to accompany it to another jurisdiction. A complaint check certificate will be released only with the written authorization and proof of identification of the subject/requesting member. It may only be sent to another state bar or supreme court, or to the address of record of the authorizing member. Click on the Complaint Check Authorization Form to print the required authorization form, and email or fax it as indicated after completing your online certificate order and payment, accompanied by a copy of an identifying document (bar card, DMV driver's license or ID card, or passport). Allow extra processing time for complaint check certificates.