NOTE: Certificates of Good Standing are only issued to members of the Utah State Bar or an authorized representative/entity.
In order to receive a Certificate of Good Standing, please send a complete and accurate written request form (see link below for form) along with payment to:
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Attn: COGS, Summer Shumway
Facsimile :801- 531-0660
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Certificate of Good Standing (Regular, Specialized and Expedited)
Requests for Certificates of Good Standing must be made in writing on the proper form. There is a $20 fee for each regular certificate request; a $30 fee for each specialized certificate request; and a $50 fee for expedited service (see link to form above for details).
Please include the lawyer’s Utah State Bar number to ensure the certificate is for the correct lawyer. Please note that the process of issuing a Certificate of Good Standing includes verification of current contact information for Utah State Bar members according to Rule 14-507 of the Utah Supreme Court’s Rules of Lawyer Discipline and Disability.
Copies of certificates can be initially faxed, but a mailing address is needed to send the original certificate. (NOTE: Certificates of Good Standing for the Idaho State Bar cannot be faxed.) Certificates can also be picked up at the Bar’s front reception desk; you will be notified when the certificate is ready. The Bar’s office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Regular certificates will be issued within five (5) to seven (7) working days of receipt of a complete and accurate request form. Certificates requested through expedited service will be issued within three (3) working days of receipt of a complete and accurate request form.
Definition of Regular Certificate of Good Standing
The regular Certificate of Good Standing includes the full name of the licensed lawyer (as noted in the USB database), date of admission, current status (active or inactive), and a statement that no public discipline has been taken against the lawyer if the statement is applicable. Please note that Certificates of Good Standing CANNOT be issued to a member who has been suspended for non-payment of fees, MCLE noncompliance or any other reason, is disbarred or has resigned with discipline pending.
Definition of Specialized Certificate of Good Standing
Some government entities or employers require “specialized” Certificates of Good Standing with information in addition to that contained in a regular certificate such as more specific admission information, discipline history and license status history. Please include any explanatory letters or forms with your request and/or check with the entity so that we can provide the necessary additional information.
Certificate of Good Standing for Admission to Other Bars
Requests for this type of certificate must be in writing (see above link for form) and a fully executed Authorization and Release form (see link to release form below) must be attached to the request. There is a $30 fee for each certificate requested. Please include the lawyer’s Utah State Bar number to ensure the certificate is for the correct lawyer.
YOU MUST PROVIDE AN ORIGINAL (NO FAXES OR EMAILS), FULLY EXECUTED AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE FORM IF YOU NEED ANY TYPE OF DISCIPLINE HISTORY BEYOND THE STATEMENT MADE IN THE REGULAR CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING. PLEASE CHECK WITH THE ENTITY YOU ARE DEALING WITH FOR SPECIFIC CRITERIA NEEDED. (Different jurisdictions have very different requirements regarding the definition of an acceptable COGS.)
Certificates of Good Standing Issued by the Utah Supreme Court
If you need a certificate of good standing issued by the Utah Supreme Court, please find a PDF request form on the Attorney Services page of the Utah Court’s website or contact the Court’s clerk at (801) 238-7974.
Discipline History Requests
Requests for a member’s discipline history (separate from a Certificate of Good Standing) can be made by contacting the Utah State Bar, Office of Professional Conduct at (801) 531-9077 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the procedure for obtaining a Certificate of Good Standing, please contact Summer Shumway at (801) 297-7057 or by e-mail at email@example.com.