The only way to become a Freemason is to ask a Freemason

To be one, ASK one. This process is as old as the fraternity itself and ensures that the individual seeking the degrees is doing so of his desire and will.

If you don’t know a Freemason to ask, you may contact the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry that governs your state for a referral to a local lodge and complete the loop of being introduced to a Freemason to ask.  Many of the lodges in many of the states hold Open Houses so as to provide opportunities for those local to the lodge to come out and meet the local lodge membership.



compasssquare2Every applicant must advocate his belief in the existence of a Supreme Being.

The mission of Freemasonry is to promote a way of life that binds like minded men into a worldwide Brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences; by teaching the great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth: and, by the outward expression of these, through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, to find ways in which each may serve his God, his family, his country, his neighbors and himself.”

This list is true for “most” states” and as such there may be some variations.

Keep in mind, Masons do not solicit for members, the decision to become a Mason is your own.

  • If you are seeking Membership YOU MUST ASK a Mason or a Masonic Lodge for an application.
  • You must be a man at least 21 (18 in some jurisdictions) years of age.
  • You must be of good moral character.
  • You must have a personal belief in a Supreme Being (the definition of a Supreme Being is up to you)
  • You must be a Resident of your state for 12 months (in most cases).
  • You must decide to become a Mason of “your own free will and accord”
  • You will need to express your personal interest in joining the Fraternity.
  • You must be loyal to your country.
  • You must be dedicated to providing for your family
  • You must have a sincere determination to conduct yourself in a manner that will earn the respect and trust of others and possess a desire to help others through community service and universal benevolence.
  • You must be willing to sign a Petition, stating your age, occupation and place of residence.
  • There are NO religious, political or racial restrictions for membership other than the aforementioned belief in a Supreme Being, as any discussion of religion or politics is strictly forbidden in a Masonic Lodge.

Admission is decided by ballot. To be accepted, the ballot must be unanimous.

To petition a lodge, the first step is to find one close to you, which you can do here by selecting the Grand Lodge in your state and following their contact information.  Once you have selected a lodge (or several) reach out and make contact.  This is particularly important if you do not know a member of that lodge.  Reach out and contact the lodge secretary who would be happy to speak to you about upcoming activities and/or open houses.

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  1. Matthew Green says

    Fraternal Greetings,
    I found this page a very concise and informative way of outlining the admission process in our fraternity. As I am creating a website for our own lodge I would like to seek your permission for reusing this description. I feel that could not have written it better myself and therefore hope you are willing to allow me to use a paraphrased version of it.

    Thank you advance for your consideration,

    Bro. Matthew Green
    SW Mt. Olive #1
    MWPHGL of Ontario and Jurisdiction.

  2. Kim says

    can i join??? i cant find someone whom i’ll ask to be one. I am a female … 21 years of age. residing in the philippines. i want to join on my own free will. i am very much dedicated

  3. Hiram Abiff says


    Since none of the masons have bothered to answer your question – NO, you cannot join, simply because you are female. Something that the author of this article didn’t even bother to consider typing….keep that in mind…..

    But, you can join eastern star, etc…..

  4. B says


    The very first qualification stated is “You must be a man at least 21 (18 in some jurisdictions) years of age.”

  5. John Roble says

    Greetings to you sir,
    How can I join when I am working now in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, but i live in Philippines. Soon after 1 year I will go back to Philippines for a vacation and plan to join. Because I’m so willing.

  6. LEVAR A. SPENCE says

    Salutations to every member. I want to be a member and I ask all members to accept my request. thank you

  7. The moloch says

    Hello Brethren,
    I’m a citizen of Nigeria and I am seeking to be one of you, I have done extensive research to that fact and found out I should be a member. I am so positive that I would be a great tool for this great fraternity. Please tell me how to locate a lodge in Nigeria Enugu state. Thank you as I anticipate a response.

  8. wilson lee light says

    Hi my names Wilson light my father and his father were both masons and i seek knowledge.

  9. brandon says

    Hello my name is Brandon I am 16 years of age I stay in Rosemead California I know I am not yet old enough for the brotherhood but I am interested in it I want to join on my own free will and hope to hear back

  10. Sara L says

    Yes I am female. I do know a few masons in my state. I have seen that some females in the past were voted in to the fraternities and i wish to understand how they became recognized by a strictly male ordinance. Also why does this become disregarded as a possible movement for future Masons? I know one of the reasons why masonry was put in to play was to take men and make them better when i honestly feel this would be more reasonable if it were co-ed to provide a grounds for any/all to become better.

    thank you for reading.

  11. mariem says

    aren’t there lodges for irreligious people? i don’t see the link between believing in a supreme creator and working for the good of humanity!


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