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Learn how your organization can
take a Web leadership role as a W3C Member or
participate in a way best-suited to your
Overview of Application Process
- Your organization completes a Membership Application.
- W3C reviews the Membership Application. If W3C approves your
Application, you begin to enjoy the benefits of W3C Membership as soon as
you would like.
- Your organization and the W3C Hosts (MIT, ERCIM, Keio University, and Beihang University) sign a customized version of the standard
W3C Member Agreement. Note that (Interim) Membership Benefits only
begin once W3C has received signed Member Agreements from your
Before You Start
Before you start the Member Application process, we recommend that you:
- Review the standard W3C Member Agreement. This is the legal
contract that your organization and W3C will sign and is the basis of
your W3C Membership fees, rights, and benefits.
- Review the pages about W3C
Membership, especially the Membership FAQ.
- Review the applicable fees. More than half of W3C's
operating costs are covered by Membership dues.
In order to promote a diverse Membership that
represents the interests of organizations around
the world, W3C fees vary depending on the annual
revenues, type, and location of headquarters of
Filling Out the Application
The W3C Membership Application consists of a series of three electronic
forms. Each time you submit a form, your changes are saved at W3C. This means
that you do not have to complete the entire Application in one sitting.
- Step 1
Provide initial contact information. In Step 1, you:
- Provide your name and email address. During the application
process, W3C will send all correspondence to this email
- Identify the name of your organization and the country of your
organization's headquarters. W3C Membership fees and the currencies
used to express those fees depend on the country you select. More
information on how W3C computes
Membership fees is available.
- Choose the start date for your Membership benefits. This date
will be used to determine some information shown in Step 2, such as
the Membership fee.
When you submit this form, W3C will send you an email with
information about advancing to Step 2. Please save the email as it
contains information you will use for the duration of the application
process, in particular, a unique Web address (URI) for your
- Step 2
Provide additional information about your
organization. In Step 2, you provide additional information
about your organization that W3C will use to prepare a customized
version of the standard W3C Member Agreement.
- Step 3
Request W3C review of Application. In Step 3, you
review the information you have provided (or return to Step 2 to modify
it) and agree to certain conditions in order to receive interim Member
At the top of the form for Step 3, you will find a link to a
customized Member Agreement. Before you complete Step 3, we
recommend that you circulate it among the appropriate people in your
organization, especially the person who will sign the contract.
Once you have completed step three:
- W3C will acknowledge, by email, receipt of your Application and
will begin to review it. If any information is incorrect or
incomplete, W3C will contact you.
- Your Application will become "read-only" to you. Any further
changes will be made by W3C; important changes will only be made
after discussion with you.
W3C Review and Approval of Membership Application
W3C will notify you by email when your Membership Application has been
approved (or whether there are problems with the application). The approval
notification will include:
- the Web address (URI) of the customized Member Agreement that resulted
from your Membership Application.
- instructions for signing the customized Membership Agreement and
returning it to W3C.
- an invoice and instructions for payment of your first Membership
Please allow 5 business days for W3C to review your completed Membership
Application. If, for any reason, W3C expects any delays in processing your
Application, requires additional information, or cannot approve your
Membership Application, we will contact you.
Summarizing the email you will receive from W3C during the application
- You will receive one email after you have completed Step 1, explaining
how to advance to Step 2.
- You will receive one email after you have completed Step 3,
acknowledging reception of your completed Membership Application.
- You will receive one email after W3C has reviewed your application,
indicating whether the application has been approved or requires
- You will receive one email after W3C has received signed copies of your
Note: W3C Management reserves the right to review the
eligibility of the Applicant for the organization type and fee level chosen
in the Membership Application.
Signing the Membership Agreement
Once you have received notification from W3C that your Member Application
has been approved, please print two copies of the customized Membership
Agreement. Have your Contract Agent (named in Step 2 of the Membership
Application) sign both of them and return them to the address provided in
the email approval of your application. One copy will be returned to you when it is fully executed by the appropriate W3C Host.
Once W3C has received your signed Member Agreements, your Interim
Membership Benefits will either start immediately, or at the beginning of the
next quarter, according to what you requested in the Application.
Reasons for Suspension of Interim Membership
Your Membership formally begins once all parties have signed the
customized Member Agreement and W3C has received payment of the Membership
Your Interim Membership will be suspended (after W3C Team review) if W3C
does not receive payment of the first invoice within 45 days of the start of
your Interim Membership Benefits.
Now that you have reviewed the steps for becoming a W3C Member, we look
forward to receiving your completed Membership Application.