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Applying for Membership

There are four Masonic Lodges who meet at the Sacramento Masonic Temple on a regular basis:

Union-Tehama Lodge No. 3 • First Wednesday of the Month

Washington Lodge No. 20 • First Thursday of the Month

Sacramento Lodge No. 40 • First Friday of the Month

General Douglas MacArthur Lodge No. 853 • Second Friday of the Month

If you live outside the Greater Sacramento Area, please use our Lodge Locator.

Candidates for Freemasonry will have met most active members of the Lodge they are joining before they are initiated. The candidate will typically have been introduced by a friend at a Lodge social function, or at some form of open evening in the Lodge.


In modern times, interested people often track down a local Lodge through the Internet. The onus is on candidates to ask to join; while candidates may be encouraged to ask, they are never invited.


Once the initial inquiry is made, an interview usually follows to determine the candidate's suitability. If the candidate decides to proceed from here, the Lodge ballots on the application before he can be accepted.

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.

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 become a Master Mason and a full member of the fraternity.


How to Apply

If you are interested in submitting an application, and you meet the general requirements for membership (see above), please complete the form below.

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