What is a Certificate of Good Standing?

What is a Certificate of Good Standing?

A Certificate of Good Standing, also commonly referred to as a "Certificate of Existence" or a "Certificate of Status" is a document issued by the Secretary of State that confirms that your entity is authorized to do business and has completed the following:

  • Paid annual franchise taxes
  • Filed an annual report  (Corporation)

When You Might Need a Certificate of Good Standing

Clients often don't know what a Certificate of Good Standing is or how to get one until they're told they need one.

A Certificate of Good Standing is often needed for:

  • Loans or financing
  • Mergers
  • Potential investors
  • Other state governments
  • Banks
  • Entering into business contracts

How to Order a Certificate of Good Standing

The Incorporators Ltd. can obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from the Delaware Secretary of State. Fill out a quick form on our website and we can deliver the Certificate of Good Standing to you via email the same day during normal business hours.  Off-hour and Holiday orders are processed the next business day.

Certificates contain a unique authentication number, and may be validated at the Division of Corporations website.

You may order a Certificate of Good Standing here. If you have any questions about a Certificate of Good Standing, give us a call at 800-223-3928.