Attorney Admissions

For questions concerning attorney admissions, please call (404) 335-6122.

The rules for Attorney Admission can be found at FRAP 46 and the accompanying circuit rules.
Click to view FRAP 46 and the accompanying circuit rules


Only attorneys admitted to the bar of this court may practice before the court. An applicant must file an application for admission on a form approved by the court. Click here for the application for admission to the bar (Rev. 2/17).

Submit your application to the clerk's principal office in Atlanta, Georgia, accompanied by a Certificate of Good Standing issued within the previous six months from your Qualifying Court and a non-refundable admission fee of $201(comprised of a $181 national fee and a $20 Eleventh Circuit fee), payable to Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

There is no formal swearing-in ceremony. It is the responsibility of each member of the bar to keep this court informed of any changes to addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, and e-mail addresses.

The following attorneys shall be admitted for the particular proceeding in which they are appearing without the necessity of formal application or payment of the admission fee: an attorney appearing on behalf of the United States, a federal public defender, an attorney appointed by a federal court under the Criminal Justice Act or appointed to represent a party in forma pauperis. Attorneys in these categories who desire to receive an admission certificate from the Eleventh Circuit must pay the admission fee.

We invite your particular attention to the following items on the application form which are sometimes neglected by counsel. These items must be enclosed or completed in order for the application to be processed.


  1. Enclose a Certificate of Good Standing issued within the previous six months from your qualifying court
  2. Enclose the non-refundable $201 admission fee made payable to Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    and sign your check
  3. On the application form:
    • enter the last 4 digits of your social security number
    • answer all questions and attach a statement giving details if any answer is "yes"
    • have a member of this Court's bar complete the Motion for Admission
    • sign the petition
  4. Have the application notarized, including seal.