A certificate of good standing is a certified statement from the Clerk of the Supreme Court that an attorney is in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar and is not currently suspended from the practice of law. The certificate includes the attorney's full name, date of admission to the Bar, date of certification by the Clerk, the Clerk's signature, and the seal of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Attorneys generally request certificates of good standing when seeking application for admission to practice before the United States Supreme Court or for admission to practice in other jurisdictions.
To obtain a certificate of good standing from the Supreme Court of North Carolina, please send a letter to the Supreme Court Clerk's Office, Attention: Certificate of Good Standing Request. In the letter, please include the following information:
- Your full name.
- Your bar number.
- Your telephone number.
- A $5.00 check (for each requested certificate) made payable to the Supreme Court of North Carolina; and
- A self-addressed stamped envelope.
The letter should be mailed to:
Supreme Court Clerk's Office
PO Box 2170
Raleigh, NC 27602
Typically, the certificates are prepared within three to four days of receipt of both the request and payment.
However, the processing of Certificates of Good Standing is currently delayed. The Supreme Court will accept and begin processing of your request for a Certificate of Good Standing. These certificates are issued only after consultation with the State Bar. In accordance with the guidance issued by the N.C. Department of Human Resources, the State Bar is operating with reduced staff. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
Supreme Court Clerk's Office(919) 831-5700