Certificate of Good Standing

While the State Bar of Michigan operates under the advisement of government officials during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will temporarily issue Certificates of Good Standing by email only. Requests will be processed each business day at no charge. You must complete the online request to receive the email certificate. If you have questions, contact the Lawyer Services Department at (888) 726-3678.

NOTE: If you are a newly admitted attorney, you are not eligible for a Certificate of Good Standing until you receive your P#. 

State Bar of Michigan offices will be closed for maintenance Friday, May 29 and Monday, June 1. Certificates requested after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 will be processed on Tuesday, June 2.

Order a Certificate of Good Standing

FAQs

  • If you have an assigned P#,
  • Are Active, Voluntary Inactive, or Emeritus and in good standing,
  • And are not subject to any disciplinary proceedings in Michigan or any other jurisdiction, you are eligible.

If you are currently suspended for non-payment of dues, withdrawn/resigned, or otherwise not in good standing, you may order a Confirmation of Status. See "What does the Confirmation of Status contain" below.

If you want to discuss all your options regarding your status before ordering, contact Lawyer Services at (888) 726-3678 or sbmforu@michbar.org.

It depends on how you order the certificate.

  • Normal Processing is 3–5 business days from the time we receive the order until you have it through regular U.S. mail.
  • If you need the certificate notarized, the processing time is increased to 5–7 business days.

If you choose Rush Processing, and your order is completed online before noon ET Monday through Friday, your certificate will be processed the same day. To find out more about the rush ordering options, see the topic below labeled Ordering Options.

  • Attorney name
  • P#
  • Directory city, state, and country (if outside the U.S.)
  • Current status and good standing (Active, Voluntary Inactive, or Emeritus only)
  • Date of swearing in and location (county of circuit court or Michigan Supreme Court)
  • Join date (date you became a member of the State Bar of Michigan, fully licensed to practice)
  • Attorney name
  • P#
  • Directory city, state, and country (if outside the U.S.)
  • Current status (Withdrawn, Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues, or Involuntary Inactive) - Members in good standing may not order a Confirmation of Status letter.
  • Join date (date you became a member of the State Bar of Michigan, fully licensed to practice)
  • Disclaimer that reads, "The records of the State Bar of Michigan do not include information concerning whether a member is currently subject to pending disciplinary proceedings in Michigan or another jurisdiction. Any questions regarding an attorney's disciplinary history should be directed to the Attorney Discipline Board."
  • In essence, we are confirming your membership, past or present, and your current status with the State Bar of Michigan.

If you have paperwork stating your certificate needs to come “from the highest court,” it requires you to obtain a certificate from the Michigan Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, not the State Bar of Michigan. You can access their form online.

Requests for disciplinary history are obtained from the Attorney Discipline Board at here.

This document is called an Affidavit of Personal History and contains the character and fitness information you supplied to sit for the bar exam. You can order a copy online.

Requests for corporations are handled by the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs, Corporation Division. They can be reached at (517) 241-6470 or access their form online

Questions?

Contact Lawyer Services at (888) SBM-ForU (888-726-3678) or SBMForU@michbar.org, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.