Certificates of Good Standing

What is Good Standing?
Idaho Bar Commission Rule (I.B.C.R.) 301(i) defines good standing as the standing of a member of the Bar who is in compliance with the licensing requirements of Rule 302 [Licensing Requirements] and whose right to practice law is not currently limited under I.B.C.R. Section V [Rules for Review of Professional Conduct] by order of the Supreme Court.

What is included in a certificate of good standing?
A certificate of good standing includes:  attorney’s name, current status, date of admission, whether or not admission was by examination or motion and the date the attorney’s current status began. If you also need a copy of your discipline records, see Information on Requesting Discipline Records.

Who can get a certificate of good standing?
Only current members (Active, Inactive, Senior, Judicial, House Counsel and Emeritus) can get certificates of good standing. Former members may contact the Licensing Department at (208) 334-4500 about the possibility of getting written verification of their former status.

How to order.
First, verify that you need a certificate of good standing from the Idaho State Bar.  Some jurisdictions require certification from “the highest court where admitted" or "from the clerk of the court."  If you need a certificate from the Idaho State Bar, send a written request to the Licensing Department including information on where the certificate should be sent and the appropriate fee.  If you need a certificate from the Idaho Supreme Court, contact the Clerk’s Office at (208) 334-2210 for information about ordering and cost.

Cost for Idaho State Bar Certificates.
$10 for the first one and $2.50 for any additional certificates (for the same attorney).  Please make checks payable to the Idaho State Bar.  You can also pay by Visa or MasterCard by including your credit card information in a faxed request to (208) 334-2764. Please contact the Licensing Department at (208) 334-4500 to supply credit card information over the phone.

How long does it take to process a request for a certificate of good standing?
It usually takes approximately 3-4 working days to process a request. You can speed up the process by faxing your request along with your Visa or MasterCard information to (208) 334-2764. Please do not expect to get a certificate on same day it is ordered.

Can the certificate be picked up or sent overnight?
If you want to pick up the certificate when it's ready, please include your name and phone number in your request. If you provide you FedEx account number, we can send the certificate by overnight delivery.

Requesting discipline records.
For admission, a record of your disciplinary history is often required along with the certificate of good standing. The Bar Counsel's Office handles requests for discipline records. Information on Requesting Discipline Records.