In order to legally transact business in Maine and be in “good standing” with the state, a Maine Good Standing Certificate or Certificate of Existence is often necessary. This document will certify that your business is “in existence” and in compliance with all state requirements. It is also needed for renewing business licenses, applying for loans, and other tax purposes. The Secretary of State issues Good Standing Certificates.
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. Fee includes an email copy.
Requirements to Obtain a Maine Good Standing Certificate, the entity must have:
- 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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To Qualify a Maine Corporation in Another State:
In order to foreign qualify your Maine LLC or corporation in another state, you must apply for the authority to do business there. All entities will be considered foreign to other states before they apply for this authority and meet all qualification guidelines. For most qualification guidelines, a Good Standing Certificate or Certificate of Existence is necessary. Head to our qualification page to learn more about state guidelines. We are able to help you with any state.
Keep in mind that some states will offer both a short-form and long-form good standing. They might also label a “Good Standing Certificate” as one of the following:
- Letter of Good Standing
- Certificate of Authority
- Certificate of Authorization
- Certificate of Existence
- Certificate of Fact
Necessary Steps for Good Standings
- Entity must be registered as a legal entity with the Maine Secretary of State, this means as either a domestic or foreign registered entity
- The entity cannot be in default or suspended by the Maine Secretary of State
- The entity must have complied with all necessary requirements put in place by the Secretary of State such as annual reports, annual fees, maintaining a registered agent, and keeping the Secretary of State informed of any changes to your entity
Information about the Certificate of Good Standing
Once the Secretary of State office returns your document to us, we scan it immediately and e-mail you your copy. We will send you the original, if necessary, by US mail. SunDoc Filings’ delivery times will not include state holidays or weekends. The state office will be closed on these dates.
Top reasons for requiring a Good Standing Certificate:
- Licensing requirements
- To register to transact business in another state
- To foreign qualify your entity in another state
- To get a line of credit or loan
After submitting the appropriate documents, the Secretary of State will grant a Certificate of Good Standing to any foreign or domestic, nonprofit or profit business entity that was duly formed or registered within the state of Maine. With a Certificate of Good Standing, your entity will be a legal entity, registered with the state and will be in compliance with state requirements.