A certificate of good standing (sometimes also called a “certificate of existence” or “certificate of authorization”) is a document that proves that a company is duly incorporated and authorized to do business in its jurisdiction. The certificate is typically issued by the secretary of state or equivalent agency in the company’s jurisdiction of incorporation.
To obtain a certificate of good standing, a company must first complete any necessary licensing and filing requirements in its state of incorporation. Once these requirements have been met, the company can request the certificate from the appropriate state agency.
Requesting a certificate of good standing can vary from state to state but usually involves submitting an online application and paying any associated fees.
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