A Corporation Certificate of Good Standing / LLC Certificate of Good standing is a certificate issued by the Secretary of State's Office evidencing that a business either corporation, LLC or partnership has complied with the applicable provisions of the laws of the state, is in good standing, and authorized to transact business or to conduct affairs within the state.
Business often need proof that they are in good standing in order to obtain financing, renew licenses or enter into other business transactions. In order to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing or certificate of existence, business or other organization must be current on all tax filings and obligations. A certificate will be issued only if the taxpayer is in full compliance.
To obtain a Corporation Good Standing Certificate / LLC Good Standing Certificate, your company must be registered as a legal entity in your state and cannot be in default of corporate rules or suspended by the state.
A certified copy is a duplicate of an original document that is certified as a true copy by the officer having custody of the original. Keeping the original of your formation documents or any other state-filed document with your company records is important. If the original(s) are ever lost or misplaced, requesting a certified copy from the state of formation or qualification is advisable.
Additionally, a certified copy of your company's formation documents is often needed in order to open a bank account or to foreign qualify your company to transact business in another state. Often, Corporations and Limited Liability Companies are required to provide certified documents. For example:
A Secretary of State may request certified copies when an entity intends to foreign qualify In the event that an individual or entity loses original documents and needs to have copies on file for their internal company records Certified copies are useful for internal record-keeping purposes The most common request is Certified Copies of Articles of Incorporation and All Amendments. Other types of documents for which requests for certification are frequently received include:
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