A Michigan Good Standing Certificate (also known as a Certificate of Existence) is issued by the Secretary of State and is often required in order to secure a loan or to renew a business license. It is also required for tax or other business purposes. A Certificate of Good Standing verifies that your Michigan business exists, is authorized to conduct business in the state, and that it complies with all the state requirements, certifying that it is in "Good Standing".
Our service fee includes an email copy followed by regular mail.
Rush: next business day $65 (plus state fees)
Routine: 2-4 business days $39 (plus state fees)
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
Advantages of using SunDoc Filings
- We have been working in this field since 1999 and have prepared a huge number of archive retrievals.
- All orders received by 2 p.m. PST are processed the same day
- Most organizations mail in your order and this means you have to wait longer than you should.
SunDoc Filings has retrieved thousands of Good Standing Certificates since 1999. Our skilled customer service staff is always ready to help.
To Qualify a Michigan Corporation in Another State:
If you need to certify a Michigan corporation or LLC in another state, it may require a Good Standing Certificate (aka, Michigan Certificate of Existence) in order to qualify your company as a "Foreign Corporation" from a state outside Michigan. To clarify, any entity is considered “Foreign” to a state that is not the home state, and must apply for the Authority to do business in that. To do so, every state has unique qualification procedures, and most of them include a Good Standing Certificate from the home state as part of the guidelines. Count on us for any that you are applying for. Click here to find our qualification page.
Sometimes, other states will offer both shorter and longer forms of good standing. Here are some other names that are used for a Good Standing Certificate:
- Certificate of Fact
- Certificate of Authority
- Certificate of Existence
- Certificate of Authorization
- Letter of Good Standing
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
It is the Department of Regulatory Affairs in Michigan that will issue you Certificates of Good Standing. This is not a function of the Secretary of State, who does not handle this type of certificate or any other business issues that may arise for that matter..
Information regarding the Certificate of Good Standing
The SOS office will send the document to our staff, then we will send it to the email address which you provided as soon as possible. If you require the original, we will immediately send it to you through the U.S. Postal Service. Delivery turnaround times provided exclude weekend days (Saturdays and Sundays) as well as state holidays during which the state offices are closed and unavailable to process our requests.
Here are some of the common reasons you will need a Good Standing Certificate:
- Certifying your entity in another state
- Registering to conduct commerce within another state
- To fulfill any required condition for licensing in some fields
- Getting approval on a loan or procuring a line of credit