Florida Certificate of Good Standing


Routine:  $39  (1 -2 Business Days)
Rush:         $65  (2 - 3 Business Hours)

Upon application, the Florida Department of State will issue a Good Standing Certificate. (Sometimes you may hear it called a Florida Certificate of Existence.) This document certifies that your company exists, that Florida has approved you to do business in the state, and that you've met all the state's requirements to do business. You're in Good Standing with the State of Florida.


Our service fee includes an email copy.



Rush: 2 - 3 Hours      $65 (plus state fees)


Routine: 1 - 2 Business Days   $39 (plus state fees)

Our Service Fee provides you with an immediate email copy.
Please send us your request by 2 p.m. PST to meet our published delivery times.





What does it take to qualify for a Florida Good Standing Certificate?

Your entity must have:


  • Registered (as a domestic or foreign business entity) with the State of Florida.
  • Filed all annual reports mandated by the State of Florida.
  • Paid all fees and taxes owed to the State of Florida.


If you want more state documents, SunDoc Filings can get them for you! See the full list of documents such as Articles, Amendments, Reports or Records at our Certified Docs page.

The SunDoc Filings Advantage


  • We have processed thousands of document retrievals since 1999
  • All orders received by 2 p.m. PST are processed the same day
  • Most companies mail in your requests delaying results


SunDoc Filings has retrieved thousands of Good Standing Certificates since 1999.  Our skilled customer service staff is always ready to help.

To Qualify a Florida Corporation in Another State:


The term 'foreign qualify" means to become legal and qualified to do business in other states. A domestic Florida entity such as a corporation or LLC must apply as a foreign entity in each state where it does business. This will often involve producing a Certificate of Good Standing to show your status in Florida.

Each state has different qualification guidelines to issue its certificate of authority. Most often a Good Standing Certificate is part of the requirements.

SunDoc Filings can retrieve and file documents in all 50 states. Go to our qualification page for more information and to get started.

Across the country you will find slight differences in terminology and procedures. Some states may offer both a short form and a long form Good Standing Certificate. You may also find this called different names, such as:


  •    Certificate of Existence
  •    Letter of Good Standing
  •    Certificate of Fact
  •    Certificate of Authority
  •    Certificate of Authorization


Definitions: Administratively or Involuntarily Dissolved or Revoked

To be in good standing, your entity must be active. The state can suspend your entity for various reasons. You may hear these terms:

  • Administration Dissolution or Revocation
  • Involuntary Dissolution or Revocation

If a domestic entity fails to file a necessary annual report, Florida law calls to dissolve it. This is Administrative Dissolution.


For a foreign entity, Florida will revoke its certificate of authority to do business. This is Administrative Revocation.


Previous Florida law called these dissolutions and revocations "Involuntary" rather than "Administrative. The two terms have the same meaning: the entities are no longer active in the State of Florida's records.


Dissolved and revoked business entities may reinstate themselves. The process involves filing a reinstatement application and paying the applicable fees. The reinstatement relates back to the dissolution or revocation. It takes effect on the effective date of the reinstatement.




Information about the Certificate of Good Standing



As soon as we get your documents from the Secretary of State we send you a scanned copy by email. Florida does not provide a hard copy so one will not follow in the mail.  Please bear in mind that state offices close during weekends and state holidays. This can affect your retrieval time. 


Common reasons to get a Good Standing Certificate:

  • To qualify for authority to do business in other states.
  • To register your entity in another state.
  • To become licensed in industries that need one.
  • To meet lender or bank rules for a loan or credit.


The Certificate of Good Standing is an official document bearing the seal of the issuer. Usually the Secretary of State is the issuing authority. Some states may use another agency. In this case, the Certificate bears this agency's seal. The Certificate is a one-page document, valid for up to 3 months.


The Good Standing Certificate certifies that the entity has registered with the State of Florida. It says the entity is current in the state's records, and has complied with state regulations.

Upon request, Florida will grant a Certificate of Good Standing to any entity:
  • For profit or nonprofit
  • Domestic (formed in the state)
  • Foreign (formed outside but registered in the state)
The certificate is also known as:
  • Florida Certificate of Existence
  • Florida Certificate of Status
  • Florida Certificate of Authority

To receive a Florida Certificate of Good Standing your entity must be:

  • Registered in the State of Florida to do business.
  • Compliant with state regulations.
  • Not suspended for any reason. 


SunDoc Filings can retrieve Florida Good Standing Certificates for the following entities:

  • Corporation
  • Limited Liability Company 
  • Limited Liability Partnership 
  • Limited Partnership/General Partnership


Other names used in the states for Good Standing Certificates:

  • Certificate of Existence
  • Letter of Good Standing
  • Certificate of Fact
  • Certificate of Authorization
  • Certificate of Authority