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Certificates of Good Standing

Introduction

A certificate of good standing attests to an attorney’s admission to practice and current status of good standing before the bar. The phrase “good standing” means that the attorney has been duly admitted to practice, is not currently suspended or disbarred, is currently registered with the Office of Court Administration, and is not in arrears in the payment of the $375 biennial registration fee required by Judiciary Law § 468-a.

Certificates of good standing can be obtained either in person at the general clerk's office or by mail. Each certificate costs $5, payable in advance (22 NYCRR 670.22[b][5]).


By Mail

An attorney may obtain a certificate of good standing by completing the Certificate of Good Standing Request Form or by writing to the court on his or her professional letterhead. If the request is made by letter, the letter should state the name under which the attorney was admitted and his or her dates of birth and admission, respectively, and the number of certificates requested. The letter must bear the attorney’s autograph signature, not a secretary’s, and must include the required fee of $5 for each certificate. The fee may be tendered in the form of a check or money order made payable to “Clerk of the Court,” but not in cash. The letter should enclose a self-addressed, business-sized, stamped, return envelope. It takes five to six business days to process a request made by mail. Such requests should be addressed to:

General Clerk's Office
Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department
45 Monroe Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Attn: Certificate of Good Standing

In Person

Certificates of good standing can be obtained in person at the general clerk's office. Attorneys applying for a certificate in person will be required to present current photo identification, such as a driver’s license or secure pass. If an attorney sends someone in his or her place to obtain the certificate, that person must present a Certificate of Good Standing Request Form completed and signed by the attorney, as well as a letter of authorization on the attorney's letterhead containing the information set forth above and signed by the attorney personally. The bearer must either be named in the letter or possess photo identification issued by the law firm of which the attorney seeking the certificate is a member. Payment of the required $5 fee may be tendered in person by check or money order made payable to “Clerk of the Court,” or in cash. Applications for certificates of good standing cannot be processed after 4:45pm.