Issued by the Secretary of State, a Georgia Certificate of Existence , also known as a Certificate of Good Standing, is a document required for many business tasks. Often, this certificate is required by lenders. It is also sometimes required for business licenses and tax purposes. The certificate verifies the existence of a business and that it can legitimately conduct business in that state. It also demonstrates that a business has complied with all state requirements and is considered to be in "Good Standing" in the business community.
Our service fee includes an email copy.
Rush: 2-3 hours $65 (plus state fees)
Routine: Next business day $39 (plus state fees)
Request must be received by 2 p.m. PST. Service fee includes emailing a copy of the document.
Requirements for your entity to be in Good Standing:
- Registered with the State as a domestic or foreign entity
- Filed all annual reports as required by the State
- Paid all State mandated fees and taxes
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Can a Georgia Corporation Register in Another State?
Corporations and LLCs in Georgia who are qualified as a “Foreign Corporation” in another state may be required to present a Certificate of Existence (Certificate of Good Standing). Businesses that operate in states other than Georgia and considered a “Foreign Corporation” in that state. In order to operate legally in another state, the business owners have to apply to that state for the authority to conduct business. As each state has different requirements, please click here to see the specific guidelines for the state that you are interested in.
There is a short form and long form Certificate of Existence. Some states offer both options. Other states also call the forms by several different names including Certificate of Fact, Certificate of Authority, Certificate of Good Standing, Certificate of Authorization or Letter of Good Standing.
Georgia’s Policy to Administratively Dissolve a Business
If the proper documents are not filed, Georgia will administratively dissolve an entity. Most commonly this occurs because the business did not file their annual report. The business can resolve their issues with the State simply filing the required documents and fees after confirming that the business name is still available.
How Your Certificate of Existence is Processed
When the SOS office delivers the certificate to our offices, our customer service professionals first scan the certificate and email it to you. The original document can then be sent through USPS if needed. Our company works during normal business hours so deliveries are not made during the weekends or holidays where the state offices are closed.
Why Do I Need a Certificate of Existence?
- Qualify a business in another state
- Registering a business entity in state other than Georgia
- Some industries require the certificate for certain licenses
- Applying for loans or credit lines