What is required to join?
Members must be 18 years of age or older and own a high-quality costume representing any of the characters conforming to our character approval statement. You can find a list of currently recognized costumes in the Costuming:CRLbyname visual guides section of the site.
There are no fees and the only requirements pertain to age and costume quality. The 501st is simply a fun, all-volunteer group of fans representing characters from the Star Wars saga. For more information on the goals of the club, read the mission statement.
If you are under 18, please check out the Galactic Academy, a group created for our younger cadets.
How do I get a costume?
Generally speaking, our members make their own costumes. To make it easier to get help with your desired project, the 501st has formed detachments focused on particular costumes. Visit our detachments page to find the right group for you!
Once you've settled on a character it's just a matter of heading over to that forum, signing up, and getting help from the experts!
NOTE: Star Wars costumes that are commercially available in stores or online may not be acceptable for membership! It is recommended that you contact your Garrison Membership Liaison before purchasing a retail costume to find out if it is accepted or what modifications might be required.
I've got my costume, now what?
Once you have your costume finished, you need to prepare your photos and submit your application.
Preparing your photographs
Your local Garrison Membership Liaison (GML) will need to verify your qualifications and will will ask for pictures of you in your costume for validation. See the 501st Legion unit listings to identify your local GML.
Submit pictures of yourself ALONE against a PLAIN BACKGROUND (no convention photos, please). We will need photos with your helmet/mask on and off (if applicable). Please make sure to include a full-length view of your costume (head to foot) from the front, back and both sides. Also be sure to take your photos with adequate lighting and at a high-resolution to help us inspect the details. Include photos of any accessories that you may carry with you such as a blaster or lightsaber.
Submitting your application
Once your GML confirms that your suit is complete and valid for membership, fill out the online application.
When your application is approved, you will receive confirmation via e-mail. Your Legion ID will be assigned and your record marked as "ACTIVE" in the 501st Legion member database. Please note that the 501st is an all-volunteer organization and application can take several weeks to review.
If for some reason you are not validated for membership, your local GML will work with you and provide recommendations and resources that can assist you in modifying your costume to meet Legion requirements.
Contact your fellow Garrison members, join your local 501st unit message board and register on 501st.com so you can get out there and help bring order to the galaxy! You can also join our public social media groups on Facebook and Twitter.