Certificate of Good Standing

All members looking for a certificate of good standing from the State Bar of Michigan must submit their order online to pay by credit/debit card or by paper form for checks. The cost is $15 per certificate. Other options may have additional charges and will be noted.

Note: If you are ordering a Certificate of Good Standing to be rushed Fed Ex Overnight to another country or outlying U.S. territory, do not proceed. Contact Member Services (888) 726-3678 FIRST for a shipping quote and ordering instructions.

Pay With Credit/Debit Card (Visa or MasterCard)

Order Online With a Credit/Debit Card  (American Express is not accepted.)

Pay With Check

Download the correct form and mail with payment.

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If you are currently suspended for non-payment of dues, withdrawn/resigned, or otherwise not in good standing, you may order a Confirmation of Status.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 Member 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  • Current status (Withdrawn, Suspended for Non-Payment of Dues, or Involuntary Inactive) - Members in good standing may not order a Confirmation of Status letter.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

Ordering Options

Normal Processing

  • Certificates are processed and sent in the mail in 3–5 business days or less.
  • You can order anywhere from 1 to 10 certificates per attorney/order. The cost is $15 per certificate.
  • Certificate(s) be notarized for a $10 fee per order. Notarized certificates are processed in 5–7 business days or less and cannot be rushed.
  • A copy of your certificate sent by email or fax the day it's processed. It will be watermarked "Copy of Original Document".

Rush Processing

  • Certificates successfully ordered online by noon ET, Monday–Friday, will be processed the same day.
  • Certificates successfully ordered online after noon ET any day, will be processed the next business day.
  • You can order anywhere from 1 to 10 certificates per attorney/order. The cost is $15 per certificate plus a mandatory $10 rush fee to process the certificate as noted.
  • A watermarked copy sent by email or fax the day it's processed.
  • You can indicate your delivery choice for the original certificate from the following:
    1. Pick up the original certificate at the State Bar building in Lansing
    2. Sent by U.S. mail
    3. Sent by Fed Ex Priority Overnight for a $25 additional cost within the continental U.S.
    • You must first contact Member Services at (888) 726-3678 to receive a shipping quote and ordering instructions to send it Fed Ex Priority International Overnight (to Canada, or any other country or outlying U.S. territory). 

Questions?

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