The South Carolina Secretary of State (SOS) issues Good Standing Certificates. These certificates are also known as Certificate of Existence. They certify that your South Carolina business is in existence, meets all South Carolina state requirements, and is authorized to transact business in the state. When these requirements are met, your business is seen as in “Good Standing.” A Good Standing Certificate is often required for various business and tax reasons, for lines of credit, and to renew business licenses.
Our service fee includes an email copy followed by regular mail.
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.
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
The SunDoc Filings Advantage
- We will not mail in your requests like most companies as this delays results
- Since 1999, we’ve processed countless document retrievals
- All orders received by 2 p.m. PST are processed the same day
SunDoc Filings began in 1999, and since that time, we’ve retrieved many thousands of Good Standing Certificates for our customers. We’re always ready to help you!
How to Qualify a South Carolina Corporation in Another State:
To qualify your South Carolina corporation or LLC in a state other than South Carolina, you need to apply for the authority to be considered a legal “foreign corporation” in the other state. Even though all state requirements are different, most of the time, the process necessitates having a South Carolina Certificate of Existence or Good Standing Certificate. Meeting the necessary requirements will enable you to legally do business in the other state. SunDoc Filings is able to help you with any state you hope to do business in. To find out more, go to the qualification page.
Some states might offer both a long form and short form good standing certificate. You might also see the Good Standing Certificate called something else, like:
- Certificate of Authorization
- Letter of Good Standing
- Certificate of Fact
- Certificate of Authority
- Certificate of Existence
Entity in Forfeiture?
The South Carolina Secretary of State has administratively dissolved your entity for failure to meet required guidelines. You can choose to reinstate your entity as long as it is within 2 years of the forfeiture date. If it has been longer then 2 years then a reinstatement cannot happen. This statement applies to Non-Profit Corporations and LLCs. If the entity is a business corporation, it may reinstate at any time after the dissolution even if it has been more than two years.
Certificate of Good Standing Information
We do not include state holidays when the state office will be closed or weekends in our delivery times. We will e-mail you a scanned version of the document that you require as soon as we receive it from the SOS, and we will send you the original by USPS if necessary.
Main Reasons for Requiring a Good Standing Certificate:
- Registering or qualifying your entity in a different state
- Obtaining a line of credit
- Licensing requirements (for specific industries)