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.
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.