What are the requirements to become a Mason?
Although exact membership requirements may vary slightly from country to country and state to state, generally anyone meeting the following primary requirements may petition a Lodge for membership:
- You are an adult male (usually 18-21, based on the individual jurisdiction) of good character and recommended by a Mason.
- You believe in a Supreme Being no atheist can become a Mason but we are not concerned with theological distinctions or your particular religious beliefs.
- You are interested in becoming a Mason because you hold a favorable opinion of our institution; and, your decision to apply is based on your own free will and accord. No one will compel you to join.
How do I become a Freemason? Ask!
Because Masons have not traditionally recruited members, and do not hold public meetings, there has long been confusion about how to join the Fraternity. Does someone ask you? Do you ask?
If you meet the requirements above, it is really quite simple:
Most men can become a Mason by simply asking like Washington, Franklin, and most every Mason from the past to the present day. Each Lodge manages the membership process for its candidates. In general, men seek out a Lodge near their home or work (the Find a Lodge feature at AskAFreemason.Org will help you find the nearest Lodge), or they ask a Mason to recommend a Lodge to them. Once youve found a Lodge you would like to join, let them know of your interest and they will provide you with a petition.
If you are unanimously elected by the members of a Lodge, joining the Fraternity involves going through three degrees: Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. Every man accepted into the Fraternity goes through the degrees, thereby making each an equal to the others in the Lodge. Typically they are conferred during a Lodges monthly meeting over the course of three months. Once you are a Master Mason, however, you are free to join the many appendant organizations. Some of these are described on our Masonic Family page. You should know though, that the 3rd Degree, or Master Mason degree, is the highest degree in Freemasonry any others are supplemental, and though they may add to your Masonic experience, the degrees are no higher, regardless of their number.