1. You must mail the completed application for Certificate of Admission and Good Standing pdf format of Application for Certificate of Good Standing file size 1MB with the required $15.00 fee to the following address:

Maura S. Doyle, Clerk
Supreme Judicial Court for The County of Suffolk
John Adams Court House, 1st Floor
One Pemberton Square, Suite 1300
Boston, MA 02108-1707

If you have trouble with the online version of the application, please contact us at 617-557-1050, or email us at sjccertsgs@sjc.state.ma.us.

2. Upon receipt of the application and the fee, this office will process the request within 3 to 5 business days and the Certificate of Admission and Good Standing will be mailed to you.

Please be advised that the signed application is valid for a period of 30 days.

Please note if your application discloses an informal admonition or private reprimand, you should request that the application be placed in a non-public file.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do I need a Certificate of Admission and Good Standing for?

  • As proof of admission for another jurisdiction
  • At the request of a potential employer
  • To obtain a real estate broker's license
  • To form a limited liability partnership, professional corporation, etc.

2. What is the fee for a Certificate of Admission and Good Standing?
The fee is a non-refundable check made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for $15.00 for each Certificate of Admission and Good Standing.  

3. Do the requirements vary in other jurisdictions?
Yes. In Connecticut and Florida a copy of your bar application is required along with your certificate. The cost for a certified copy of a bar application ($10.00) and a certificate ($15.00) is $25.00. 

To obtain a certified copy of a Massachusetts bar application that has been filed with Clerk's Office, send a written request with the required $10.00 to this following address:

Maura S. Doyle, Clerk
Supreme Judicial Court for The County of Suffolk
John Adams Court House, 1st Floor
One Pemberton Square, Suite 1300
Boston, MA 02108-1707

4. May I fax my completed affidavit to the SJC?
No. An original signature is required.

5. What if I realize I actually needed two certificates, and not just the one I had originally requested?
If the 30 days has not expired, an additional certificate may be obtained upon receipt of an additional $15.00 fee; otherwise, if the 30 days has expired it will be necessary for you to repeat the application process.

6. If a deadline is fast approaching, may I pick up the certificate at the SJC?
If your application with the fee has been processed and the Certificate of Admission and Good Standing has been generated, you may pick up the certificate. To determine if your certificate has been generated call 617-557-1050. You may pick up the certificate any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.