Updated: Aug. 18, 2018

Status Certificates

(formerly known as Certificates of Good Standing)

Washington offers three types of status certificates. Two are provided by the Washington State Bar Association and the other by the Washington Supreme Court.

The Certification of Current Status certificate, provided by the WSBA, reflects the licensed legal professional's status as of the date stated. Historical information about status, including periods on inactive status, administrative and disciplinary suspension, disbarment, resignation, etc., are not reflected in this information but are available through a Certification of Status History. (Note: The Certification of Current Status is not a Discipline History Certificate and does not contain any information regarding discipline history.)

The Certification of Status History provided by the WSBA reflects only public information that affected the licensed legal professional's status with the WSBA. Confidential disciplinary information about grievances and information about currently pending disciplinary proceedings is available, with written authorization signed by the licensed legal professional, through a Discipline History Certificate. (Note: The Certification of Status History is not a Discipline History Certificate.)

The standard charge for both of the WSBA certificates is $25 each. Extra copies requested at the same time are $1 each. If certificates are requested for several licensed legal professionals from a firm, the charge is $25 for each lawyer (and $1 for each extra copy per lawyer requested at the same time).

Expedited service requires an additional fee of $7.50 per licensed legal professional, per certificate.

To order a Certification of Current Status or Certification of Status History, send a written request and payment to:

WSBA Service Center
1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101-2539

fax: 206-727-8316

Please include:

  • Name
  • License number
  • Number of copies requested
  • Address where the certificates should be sent  (shipping is done through USPS unless a preprinted bill of lading and envelope are included with the request)
  • Whether a status certificate, discipline check, or both is required
  • The appropriate fee
  • A release signed by the licensed legal professional for discipline checks

Payment may be made by check (payable to WSBA), MasterCard or Visa. If paying by credit card, please provide card number, expiration date, and the name as it appears on the card. The process takes one to two weeks.

Please Note: Our service provider will charge you a separate, non-refundable transaction fee of 2.5% on all bank card transactions. There is no transaction fee if you mail in a check.

Certificate of Good Standing from the Court

Another type of certificate is available from the Washington State Supreme Court. If you need a certificate from the state's highest court or an officer of the court, please call the clerk's Office at 360-357-2077 or visit the Washington Courts website for more information.

Discipline History Certificates

For a Discipline History Certificate, which certifies a licensed legal professional’s status, date of admission, and grievance and discipline summaries, requests must be in writing and signed by the licensed legal professional. The charge is $30, and additional originals are $1 each. For expedited service, there is an additional charge of $7.50 per licensed legal professional.

To order a Discipline History Certificate, which has confidential disciplinary information, visit Resources for Lawyers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to order both the Certificate of Current Status and Certificate of Status History?
In most cases choosing either of these documents will do. The difference between the two documents is that the Certificate of Status History lists all changes made to the licensed legal professional's status since Admission, whereas the Certificate of Current status contains only the licensed legal professional's current status.

Can I have an email copy sent to me?
Yes. If you would like an email copy sent to you please state this in your request, as well as noting the email address where you would like the document sent.

Will the Certificate of Current Status or Certificate of Status History contain disciplinary information?
No. The licensed legal professional’s discipline information is listed on a document called the Discipline History Certificate. This document contains information regarding grievances and discipline summaries. It is $30 and can be ordered using the Office of Disciplinary Counsel’s online application.

Can you send me the certificate via Fed-Ex or UPS?
Yes. Please send the pre-paid Bill of Lading along with the request.