Proof of Employment
A performer may become eligible for Screen Actors Guild
membership under one of the following conditions:
- Principal Performer Employment
Performers may join SAG upon proof of employment. Employment must be in a principal
or speaking role in a SAG film, videotape, television program or commercial.
Proof of such employment may be in the form of a signed contract, or original
pay stubs. The document proving employment must provide the following information:
- applicant’s name
- applicant’s Social Security number
- name of the production or name of the commercial
- the salary paid (in dollar amount)
- the specific date(s) worked.
- Background Actors may join SAG
proof of employment as a SAG–covered background player
at full SAG rates and conditions for a MINIMUM of three
work days subsequent to March 25, 1990. Employment must
be by a company signed to a SAG Agreement under which the
Producer is required to cover background actors. Proof
of employment must be in the form of original paystubs
or a payroll printout faxed from the payroll house. Such
documents must provide the same information (name, Social
Security number, etc.) as listed above.
- Employment Under an Affiliated Performers' Union
Performers may join SAG if the applicant is a paid-up member
of an affiliated performers' union (ACTRA, AEA, AFTRA, AGMA
or AGVA) for a period of one year and has worked and been paid
for at least once as a principal performer in that union’s
- Dues are based on a sliding scale, with the
amount determined by how much you earn under SAG contracts.
- Each SAG member pays annual base dues of $116.00.
In addition members pay 1.85% of all individual earnings under
SAG contracts between $1 and $200,000; and 0.5% of earnings from
$200,001 through $500,000; plus 0.25% of earnings from $500,001
to a maximum of $1,000,000.
- Dues are calculated on an annual basis, and paid in
two installments — the first on May 1, and the
second on November 1. Dues are not prorated. Bills are mailed
to the address on record before each due date. Members who
do not receive bills are responsible for requesting duplicates.
- Dues payments may be made by cash, check, money order,
Visa or Mastercard, in person or by mail to Cashier,
Screen Actors Guild, 5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles,
CA 90036. Please put your member ID number on your check. You
can also pay your dues online if you are a logged in member
- Your application and proof of employment will be
fully investigated by the Guild. Your application for SAG membership
will be denied if you have falsified your credentials, or if your
qualifying employment is not bona fide.
- While it is your responsibility to ascertain the
validity of your qualifying employment, the Guild will be the sole
arbiter in determining whether the employer was legitimate or bogus,
and whether the qualifying employment which you performed was actual
production work or work created solely to enable you to gain Guild
membership. Please be aware that false representation or deception
on your part will jeopardize your chances to join the Guild.
- Further, if after your application has been granted
the Guild discovers such misconduct on your part, you may find
yourself subject to disciplinary proceedings, which could result
in your being fined, suspended and/or expelled from the Guild.
If you are eligible under the conditions stated above, please
contact your nearest SAG office BEFORE COMING IN so we can advise
you of the amount of your joining fee and arrange an appointment
with the New Membership Department.
You may contact SAG about your eligibility status. If
your file is not on record or incomplete, you may submit one of the
following documents as proof of eligibility; Background vouchers and copies of paycheck stubs are not acceptable
as proof of work. Submitting these types of documents will only delay
verifying your SAG eligibility.
If you provide SAG with your original paycheck stubs, please make
copies for your records before submitting them to our office.
In addition to enclosing proper eligibility documentation, you will
need to include a separate piece of paper with your name, current
address, current telephone number, and date of birth. A self-addressed
stamped envelope must also be included so that we may return your
documents to you. We ask that you print clearly to avoid input errors.
Once verification is completed, you will receive a letter of eligibility
Please mail your document to:
Screen Actors Guild
Membership Services Department – Proof of Eligibility
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
You may also deliver your documents in person to the 1st Floor Receptionist
at the above address.
Once you have submitted your eligibility documents, please wait until
you receive your original documents back in the mail before contacting
us at (323) 549-6769 to schedule an appointment to join.
In order for SAG to mail notifications out in a timely manner,
we encourage all eligible performers to keep their mailing addresses
current with SAG. Notify SAG of your new address by phone (323)
549-6791, by fax (323) 549-6775 or by postal mail. Your eligibility
letter will list a SAG ID number, which should be written on all
correspondence submitted to SAG.
We thank you for your interest in joining the Screen Actors Guild.
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