Are you a new member? Click here to view and download the Informational Guide for New Members of the Alabama State Bar.
As a member of the Alabama State Bar, you are part of a tradition of professional excellence. To assist you, this portion of the website gives you access to all things membership related from your member benefits to section information and more.
Address, name or other information changed? Visit MyDashboard and click “Your Profile” to send an update to the Membership Department.
Certificate of Good Standing
A certificate of good standing is available by request to all bar members, who are in good standing. There is no charge for the certificates and no limit on the number of certificates that a member may request. Certificates of good standing can also be mailed to employers, bar associations, etc., upon request. Certificates may be requested online or by phone at (334) 269-1515.
With this request, a certificate of good standing will be issued by the Alabama State Bar. If you are required to provide a certificate of good standing from a federal court, or the “highest court of the state,” you must direct your request to that specific court clerk’s office.
Membership Status Information
(Section 40-12-49, Code of Alabama, 1975, as amended) An attorney who engages in the active practice of law is required to purchase an occupational license. The practice of law is defined in Section 34-3-6, Code of Alabama, 1975, as amended.
Occupational License Fee: $325.00
A late penalty of 15% ($45.00) is added to occupational license fee payments received after October 31. Fees postmarked October 31 but not received by that date are considered late and penalty applies.
(Sections 34-3-17 & 18, Code of Alabama, 1975, as amended) An attorney NOT engaged in the active practice of law in Alabama may pay special membership dues to remain a member in good standing. Those exempt from licensing by virtue of a position held, i.e. judgeships, attorneys general, U.S. attorneys, district attorneys, etc., also qualify for special memberships. (NOTE: Special membership DOES NOT permit you to engage in the private practice of law in Alabama.)
Special Membership Dues: $162.50
Dues payment includes a $15.00 subscription to The Alabama Lawyer and ADDENDUM newsletter.
You can pay your license fee, Client Security Fund dues and section dues (if any) online in one place! Visit your MyDashboard page and click “Consolidated Fee Invoice.” If you have lost or misplaced your annual invoice, you can download a blank invoice here.
Every member is automatically assigned a state bar identification number on their admission date to the bar. This number is used when reporting CLE credit, paying license fees and special membership dues, or accessing Casemaker. This number is printed on the wallet license card attached to your license or may be requested by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by written request to:
Alabama State Bar
P.O. Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101
Alabama State Bar members are also assigned a six-digit court identification code by the Administrative Office of Courts (AOC) that is to be used to track civil case filings, as well as other cases handled by each attorney. The code is the first three letters of the attorney’s last name followed by a sequential three-digit number. This number may be obtained by calling AOC at 1-866-954-9411.