The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm LLC, it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. 2014 Lucasfilm LLC & ™ All rights reserved. Used under authorization.


What is required to join?

Members must be 18 years of age or older and own a high-quality costume representing a villain character from the Star Wars universe. You can find a list of currently recognized costumes in the visual guides section of the 501st Legion main site here.

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 our mission statement here.

If you are under 18, please check out the Galactic Academy, a group created for our younger cadets. If you are looking to create a Jedi, X-wing pilot or other hero character visit the Rebel Legion.

How do I get a costume?

Generally speaking, our members make their own costumes. 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! Alternatively, you can contact the Garrison Membership Liaison (GML) for assistance in acquiring your costume. You may contact us here.

NOTE: Star Wars costumes that are commercially available in stores or online may not be acceptable for membership! It is recommended that you contact the GML 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

The Garrison Membership Liaison (GML) will need to verify your qualifications and will ask for pictures of you in your costume for validation.

The following tips will help make sure that you get the right photos to the GML on your first try:

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 the application may take several weeks to review.

If for some reason you are not validated for membership, the GML will work with you and provide recommendations and resources that can assist you in modifying your costume to meet Legion requirements.

Start Trooping!

Congratulations! You've made it to the fun part: Trooping!

We strongly recommend that you take some time and read the Trooper Survival Guide. This is the definitive guide to being a 501st member, and should help you get familiar with all the things you need to know.

If you haven't already, get to know your fellow Garrison members, register on and so you can get out there and help bring order to the galaxy!