When I first started hsing, I felt very nervous cause of the laws and the public school system. Being a single mom, I was really worried someone was gonna knock on my door and say, prove that you're schooling your kids or something like that. Of course, it never happened.
We've never joined HSLDA and probably never will. Even though I've never been a member, I will say this though. From time to time, I would go to their website and just check on things for my state. About 2 yrs or so ago, their was a law that was changed regarding testing. It was a new school year and they had misinformation regarding my state with tests. I called them and told them about it. The lady said we haven't heard about it and blah blah. I think a couple of weeks had passed and I saw that they STILL had the wrong info regarding tests. I decided to email them and tell them yet again and I also gave them the homeschool education dept's number and contact person.
Anyway, they finally corrected it. The only reason I did all of that is cause I was worried that hsing families might get in trouble regarding tests.
My point is, (yes, there's a point LOL) be careful with dealing with HSLDA cause they don't always have the right info. They sure as heck didn't for our state. I lost a lot of respect for them after that.
I think people who are new to hsing should check out the state dept of education (hsing part) to find out the right laws and such BEFORE you go shelling out money. JMO