How do I become a Freemason?

For a Fraternity steeped in over four hundred years of tradition, you might think it is difficult to become a Mason.

It is. There is one major hurdle each candidate must pass.

He must ask.

Freemasonry in California accepts no one for membership unless he comes of his own free will & accord, having already obtained a favorable impression of our Fraternity.

There are few other requirements. You must:

  • be a man age 18 or older (although women & younger people can join related groups),
  • believe in a Supreme Being,
  • live an ethical life, and
  • have a strong interest in the Fraternity with a desire to participate in our charities & activities.

An application fee is also required, followed by a background investigation on all applicants.

We believe men are first made Masons in their hearts, then they ask to join our Fraternity. Freemasonry will take these men — already good men in our community — and help make them better men.

Each man brings something different into the Fraternity — as different as the types of men who become Masons. However, each shares a core of common beliefs & dreams; each brother believes that, even in a small way, by every one of his actions he helps make his world, his community & himself better.

If you are interested in receiving more information about the Fraternity of Freemasonry, please contact

King David’s Lodge No. 209
859 Marsh Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 545-5681

or the Grand Lodge of California at

Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of California
California Masonic Memorial Temple
1111 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108-2284
(415) 776-7000


A fraternity thriving under a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.