Any person may apply for membership in ACBL. ACBL may grant such application unless there is cause to refer the application to the ACBL Board of Directors. Causes for referral include, but are not limited to, previous expulsion from ACBL or previous expulsion or suspension from another bridge organization.

Any member, including a life or honorary member, normally shall be a member of the unit within whose jurisdiction he or she resides. For exceptions, see Chapter 3, Section Three, I.  Every member in each category of membership shall be subject to regulations established by the ACBL Board of Directors requiring binding and compulsory arbitration to settle disputes involving ACBL and its members.