be a card-carrying member (of something)

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be a card-carrying member (of something)

To be a certified member of a particular group or organization; to have paid the necessary dues or fees to be part of a group. I never knew until he was on his deathbed that my father was a card-carrying member of the Freemasons. You'll have to be a card-carrying member of the union before we can give you any regular shifts on the docks.
See also: member