Good Standing Certificates are official state documents that are required for loans, various tax and business purposes, and for renewing business licenses. Once you have one of these documents, you are in “Good Standing” with the state of Maryland. You are authorized to transact business within Maryland state lines, you are in compliance with all legal requirements, and you are considered “in existence” by the state as well. The Maryland Secretary of State (SOS) issues Good Standing Certificates. Keep in mind that they are also often called Certificates of Existence.
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Request must be received by 2 p.m. PST. Fee includes an email copy.
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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Steps to Qualifying a Maryland Corporation in a Separate State
In order to transact business in a state other than Maryland, it’s necessary for your Maryland LLC or corporation to qualify as a foreign corporation in that state. A Good Standing Certificate is often necessary to do this. Keep in mind that a Good Standing Certificate is often referred to as a Certificate of Existence. Also remember that all states have different guidelines that you must meet. One of these guidelines means having a Good Standing Certificate, but there may be additional requirements as well. We’ll help you with any state. Just go to our qualification page to learn more.
Some states may have a short and long form standing requirement. It’s also possible that they call a Good Standing Certificate by another name:
- Certificate of Authorization
- Letter of Good Standing
- Certificate of Existence
- Certificate of Fact
- Certificate of Authority
Department of Assesment and Taxation
A status of good standing on the certificate only reflects their status with this department. The entity has filed all documents necessary and has a valid registered agent on file. The entity could be bankrupt, owe taxes, or be under indictment and still be in good standing with the Department of Assessment and Taxation.
Information about the Certificate of Good Standing
Delivery times do not include state holidays and weekends (because the state office will also be closed). As soon as the Secretary of State returns your document to us, we’ll immediately email you a scanned copy. Where required, we can mail you the original as well (via the USPS)
Reasons for obtaining a Good Standing Certificate:
- To obtain a line of credit
- To qualify an entity in a separate state
- Licensing requirements (applicable to certain industries)
- To register to do business in a separate state