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Becoming a Member

Applying for membership

One of Masonry’s customs is not to solicit members; men must seek membership on their own through a Mason they know or a local lodge. California Masonic membership is open to men age 18 or older who meet the qualifications and standards of character and intention, and who believe in a Supreme Being. Men of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are welcome.

Thank you for your interest in joining the world’s first and largest fraternity. We are a brotherhood of like-minded men who genuinely care about each other. We develop true friendships with fellow Masons in our communities and around the world. We work together to learn and improve ourselves. And we seek to make a positive impact on each other, our families, and our communities. Please be sure to read more about Masonry, including membership requirements.

Complete the form 

Based on the information you provide, our member services team will help you connect with the right resources to pursue your interest in the fraternity.

A Mason who recommends you for membership will assist with completing and submitting the application. After submitting the application, you will be interviewed by members of the lodge you wish to join so they can learn more about you and you can learn more about Freemasonry. If the interview is favorable, your application is presented to the lodge for a vote. If the vote is affirmative, you receive the Entered Apprentice degree – the first degree of Freemasonry. When you advance through the next two degrees, you are a Master Mason and a full member of the fraternity.

For more information about the application process, go to Applicant Information.

How to apply

If you are interested in submitting an application and you meet the general requirements for membership (see above), you may contact a lodge near your home or work.

Use the Lodge Locator to find the California lodge nearest you. Many lodges have their own websites that highlight their members, activities, and community involvement.

If you are a California resident and would like to be referred to a lodge, please complete the request for information form and someone will contact you regarding membership.

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