Good Standing Certificate FAQs

Following are the most common reasons that a company may cease to be in good standing: Failure to File Annual Report/Pay Annual Fees Required Registered Agent Resigned Failure to File Return with Revenue Division
If a company fails to comply with the requirements of any state in which they are registered, that state will take action to indicate in their records that the company is not in good standing.  Each state uses its own terminology to indicate the status of the company.  Following is a list of the terms that may be used to indicate that a company is not in good standing: Revoked Void Forfeited Not Compliant Inactive Bad Standing Not in Good Standing Past Due Delinquent Involuntary Dissolution Administrative Dissolution

If the name of a company has been changed, many states will provide a certificate that references both the old and the new name of the company.  This is sometimes requested as a supporting document for the amendment filing in foreign registration states.

Yes. As long as the company is in good standing in the state where the certificate is being requested, CorpCo can obtain the good standing or certificate of existence for any company of record in any US State as well as from the District of Columbia.
The time it takes to obtain the Certificate of Good Standing varies by state. Usually, with routine processing service, the good standing can be obtained in 5-7 business days, but turnaround times may vary depending on the processing backlog at the state. This turnaround time can be reduced if you choose our Express Processing service.
A certificate of fact is a document that is issued by the state where a business formed or registered and which can reflect a variety of different “facts” regarding that company’s existence in the given state. Examples of facts included in such a document are: registered agent name and/or address, original date of registration, date of dissolution, date of merger filing, and name change information.
Good standing certificates can be requested for a number of different reasons. The purpose of the good standing certificate is to serve as proof that a company exists and is current in the state of registration. Below are some reasons why good standings may be requested:
  • Foreign Qualification – Many states will require a good standing certificate from the state of incorporation as a supporting document when filing the qualification.
  • Loan Approval – A good standing certificate may be required by a lending bank in order to complete a loan transaction with an incorporated business.
  • Real Estate Settlement – A good standing certificate is usually required in relation to any real estate purchase made by an incorporated business.
  • Contracts/Agreements – Some contracts/agreements between the company and another business or with a government agency may require a certificate of good standing from each business entering into the contract/agreement.