Certificate of Good Standing

A certificate of good standing, also called a "certificate of existence," "status certificate," or "certificate of authorization," is a document issued by a government authority, usually a secretary of state, which shows that your entity has met its statutory requirements and is authorized to do business.

CSC® can order your company's certificate of good standing from the relevant state jurisdictions. Our service frees you from the time and frustration of dealing with a multitude of jurisdictional offices. What's more, your certificates of good standing are securely stored for easy access and review.

Good standing certificates—both short form and long form certificates—are just one of CSC's many corporate document retrieval services.

Learn more about our certificate of good standing services by completing the form to the right of the page. A CSC representative will contact you soon.

Among other things (depending on the jurisdiction), a certificate of good standing confirms that your business:

  • Is up-to-date on its jurisdictional fee payments
  • Has filed an annual report
  • Has paid its franchise taxes

Many companies request a certificate of good standing occasionally for their own records. A certificate of good standing may also be required by:

  • State governments, when applying for foreign qualification
  • Local jurisdictions, when renewing business licenses and permits
  • Lenders, when obtaining financing
  • Banks, for certain transactions
  • Potential business partners or investors

For more information about our certificate of authorization and document retrieval services, please complete the brief form to the right.