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Get your Certificate of Good Standing. Expedited service.


Get your Certificate of Good Standing. Expedited service.

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Obtaining a Good Standing Certificate or Certificate of Status for any legal entity in California is a smooth process with SunDoc Filings. We know your time is valuable, so we make it our priority to expedite your request and our online ordering system is easy to use and secure. Click on the state below to compare time frames and cost with other companies and see why SunDoc Filings is the number one choice.

Our service fee includes an email copy followed by regular mail if applicable.

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How to obtain a California Good Standing

If you’re registered to do business in the State of California, for various business or legal reasons you may occasionally need to prove this formally. When you need to show that you’re in compliance with all applicable state requirements, the Certificate of Good Standing is the document issued by the state to certify this.

To obtain your certificate from the State of California, submit a records order to the Secretary of State’s office. The state will issue a certificate bearing an imprint of the Seal of California and the Secretary of State’s authorized signature.

Instead of a good standing, you might want to show that your company was suspended or dissolved and this same status request will certify this. It may also be a business other than your own that you want certified information on. You can also order a certified collection of all the filings on record for an entity, including for example the original articles of formation, the original registration if from out of the state, conversion, amendments, and such.

You can research records using California’s online business search, and you can find more information about records-request forms and fees at the state web site here. To obtain a certificate of Good Standing the next business day, SunDoc can expedite your request!

When Do You Need A Certificate Of Good Standing?

You may need a Certificate of Good Standing if you're involved in a merger or acquisition, or if you're buying a company outright, or selling yours. The Good Standing certification will form part of the legal documentation of the entity.

Typically, applying for a business loan or line of credit will require good standing certification. Tax matters also can require it - note that you can owe taxes and still be in good standing with California, you just can't be out of compliance with any of the tax process. Certain licensing requirements may also ask for good standing certification.

Another frequent need for a Certificate of Good Standing is to register to do business in another state (see how SunDoc Filings can help you with foreign qualification). You will have to determine your full documentation requirements, including expirations. Some states for example require certified status to be less than 30 days old, while some allow 60 days. The California Certificate of Good Standing expires after 90 days.

Certificate Of Good Standing Or Certificate Of Status?

The Certificate of Good Standing in other jurisdictions may also be referred to as a Certificate of Status or of Existence. In California, it shows that an entity is registered to do business in the state, is in compliance with applicable corporate rules and licensing requirements, and has not been suspended by the state taxing authority, the Franchise Tax Board.

How To Get Your Good Standing Certificate

Currently California doesn’t offer a way to order a Certificate of Good Standing electronically. You can only order by mail or personally through the Sacramento office. The order fee for a Certificate of Good Standing is $5 (with an extra $10 charge if you present it in person).

Requests presented in person can generally be processed by the second business day, while mailed-in requests take 5-15 business days. California does offer a Rush service for Good Standing requests.

Next Steps

SunDoc Filings can handle your Good Standing request, as with all of your company filings. We are located in downtown Sacramento and make several visits daily to the Secretary of State office, to hand-deliver or receive documents. All of our routine filings on your behalf are expedited in this way, saving valuable time over other companies that typically mail in forms.

To talk to a live voice for immediate assistance call us toll-free during business hours at 1-888-595-2747.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the meaning of good standing certificate?

A Certificate of Good Standing issued by the state certifies that your business exists within that jurisdiction, is authorized to do business in that state and is not in default with its required filings, such as its annual report or Statement of Information. See more about the California Certificate of Good Standing.

Why do I need a certificate of good standing?

This is often required as documentation to open a business bank account, to apply for financing, or to enter into any contractual relationship with another business or organization. It may be required to do business in another state - for which you would also need a Certificate of Qualification as a "foreign" entity to that state.

How do I get a certificate of good standing in California?

In California, this is obtained through the Secretary of State's office, which issues a document with the seal of the state and the Secretary's authorized signature. We can make this request for you - ands we can expedite this request if desired - or you can find the information online at the state website to apply for this yourself. See more about our nationwide document retrieval service.

How do I get a certificate of good standing in my state?

The Good Standing certificate can go by other names in other states - such as Certificate of Existence or Certificate of Status, for example. The procedure is essentially the same. Our nationwide network allows us to request this certificate for you in any state. Get started online to order a certificate of good standing in any state.

How long is a certificate of good standing valid?

Certificates of Good Standing do not specifically expire, but their reliability depends on how recent they are. Different business institutions may require you to provide a certificate no older than a specified date. A new certificate is straightforward to obtain.

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