North Carolina Certificate of Existence (Commonly known in most states as Certificate of Good Standing)


North Carolina Certificate of Good Standing

Routine:  $39  Next Business Day
Rush:         $65  2-3 hours

A North Carolina Certificate of Existence or Certificate of Authorization is issued by the Secretary of State and is generally required to renew business licenses, for loans or for business or other tax reasons. With a North Carolina Certificate of Exisence, it is certified that your North Carolina business exists and is authorized to legally transact business in North Carolina while abiding by all state requirements. As a result of these compliances, your business is therefore determined to be in "Good Standing".


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 of the Good Standing Existence.




Requirements for 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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To Qualify a North Carolina Corporation in Another State:


A Good Standing Certificate or Certificate of Existence may be necessary in order to foreign qualify a North Carolina LLC or corporation. This certificate is generally needed to qualify as a "Foreign Corporation" in any state that is not the “home state.” In fact, any entity is considered “Foreign” to all other states, and for this reason, one must apply for the authority to do business in another state. This process varies from state to state with each state having different qualifications and guidelines. In general, however, most qualifications include the need for a Good Standing Certificate from the home state. We can help you no matter what states you’re working with. Simply click here to go to our qualification page.


Various other states may offer both a long form and a short form good standing. They may also use different names for a Good Standing Certificate. For example, you may see this certificate referred to as one of the following:

  •    Certificate of Authorization
  •    Certificate of Fact
  •    Certificate of Existence
  •    Certificate of Authority
  •    Letter of Good Standing


Administrative Dissolution

The following reasons may be why your status with the North Carolina Secretary of State is administratively dissolved:

    1. (a) payment for required fees is over 60 days late

         (b) you did not file an annual report

         (c) it has been over 60 days since the registered agent resigned

         (d) the Secretary of State was not notified of changes

    2. When the entity was formed, a date was given stating when the company would cease to exist, and that date passed

    3. The Secretary of State sent questions called interrogatories that were either not answered or were not answered truthfully



Certificate of Good Standing Information



We will immediately scan the document and send a copy to you via email once the Secretary of State office returns the document to us. If necessary, we will then send the original document to you via USPS. Please keep in mind that our delivery times do not include weekends or state holidays when state offices will be closed.


Reasons for Requiring a Good Standing Certificate:  

  • Registering to do business in another state
  • Qualifying your entity in another state
  • Obtaining a line of credit or loan
  • Necessary licensing requirements for specific industries
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Definition of a Certificate of Good Standing
A Certificate of Good Standing might also be referred to as a Certificate of Existence, a Certificate of Authority or a Certificate of Status. The document is official and is issued by the Secretary of State in North Carolina. It certifies that a legal entity is registered with the state and is currently in compliance with official state requirements. As long as submittal requirements are properly adhered to, the North Carolina Secretary of State will grant a Certificate of Good Standing to any domestic or foreign profit or nonprofit business entity that was duly registered or formed within North Carolina. The Good Standing Certificate is a page-long document that features the seal of the North Carolina Secretary of State. In some cases, if the Secretary of State is not the issuing authority, the document might feature the seal of another state agency. Generally speaking, a Certificate of Good Standing is valid for up to three months.
Entity Requirements:
• Must be registered to do business in North Carolina 
• Must be in good standing with the state regulations and not suspended for any reason 
We can obtain North Carolina Good Standing Certificates for the following entities:
• Limited Liability Company 
• Limited Partnership/ General Partnership
• Limited Liability Partnership 
• Corporation
Other State Nomenclature:
• Certificate of Fact
• Certificate of Authority
• Certificate of Existence
• Certificate of Authorization
• Letter of Good Standing