Certificates of Good Standing
- Standard Certificate of Good Standing
This certificate includes the attorney’s full name, attorney registration number, date of admission, and current registration status.
- Certificate of Good Standing with Disciplinary Information
This certificate includes all the information contained in the standard certificate as well as a summary of any administrative actions, including sanctions and suspensions, and disciplinary information or, if applicable, a statement that the attorney has not been subject to any administrative actions or discipline by the Supreme Court.
If you are unsure as to what certificate type is required and how long a certificate is considered valid, please contact the requesting office/agency.
The Office of Attorney Services must review several Supreme Court records to determine an attorney's good standing. These records include: attorney registration records, the court's attorney disciplinary and other case records, and the records of the court's CLE enforcement proceedings.
An attorney is considered to be in good standing with the Supreme Court as defined in Gov.Bar R. VI, Sec. 15 when all the following apply:
- The attorney is admitted to the practice of law in Ohio;
- The attorney is registered under Gov.Bar R. VI for the current biennium and all prior biennia for which registration was required;
- The attorney is in compliance with the continuing legal education requirements of Gov.Bar R. X; and
- The attorney is not subject to discipline by order of the Supreme Court pursuant to Gov.Bar R. V, excluding an order of public reprimand, and has no outstanding fees or restitution ordered by the Court or payable to the Court.
- Who is eligible for a Certificate of Good Standing?
If the attorney is admitted to the practice of law in Ohio and registered as active, inactive, emeritus, retired (prior to 2005), or military spouse attorney, and meets all requirements under Gov. Bar R. VI, Sec. 15, the attorney is eligible for a certificate of good standing.
- Are attorneys who are registered for corporate counsel status in Ohio eligible for a certificate of good standing?
No, attorneys who are registered for corporate counsel status are not admitted in Ohio and are therefore not eligible to receive a certificate of good standing.
- How long does it take to get a Certificate of Good Standing?
Standard certificates of good standing are processed within four business days. Certificates of Good Standing with disciplinary information are processed within 7-10 business days.
- How do I get a copy of my bar application in Ohio?
Applications for admission to the practice of law in Ohio are maintained by the Office of Bar Admissions. Please call 614.387.9340 or email BarAdmissions@sc.ohio.gov.
The Supreme Court Office of Attorney Services issues certificates of good standing for Ohio attorneys. To request a certificate of good standing, please complete and submit a request form.
Requests for a standard certificate of good standing are usually processed within four business days of receipt; a request for a certificate of good standing with disciplinary information may take up to 10 business days to process; if received by 2 p.m. ET, expedited same-day certificates are issued the same day.
The fees to request a certificate of good standing are below.
- Standard Certificate: $20
- Certificate with Disciplinary Information: $35
- Expedited Same-Day Certificate: $50
Fees to request certificates of good standing are non-refundable. Please review your request carefully prior to submitting.
Fee payable by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
If you have further questions regarding certificates of good standing, please contact the Office of Attorney Services by telephone at 614.387.9320 or by email at GoodStandingRequests@sc.ohio.gov, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.