South Carolina Certificate of Good Standing


South Carolina Certificate of Good Standing

Rush Delivery – $65.00. Arrives in 1-2 business days
Routine Delivery – $39.00. Arrives in 5-7 business days

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


Go to our Certified Docs page to find other state documents such as amendments or articles.

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)
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The Certificate of Good Standing (also referred to as the Certificate of Status or Certificate of Existence) is an official document issued by the Secretary of State that certifies that the legal entity is registered with the State and is in compliance with state requirements. Upon submittal, the SOS will grant a Certificate of Good Standing to any domestic or foreign profit or nonprofit business entity that was duly registered or formed within the State. Also known as a Certificate of Existence, a Certificate of Status or a Certificate of Authority, the Good Standing Certificate is a one page document that bears the seal of the Secretary of State or another state agency if the Secretary of State is not the issuing authority.
The Certificate of Good Standing is an official document that certifies your entity is registered with the state of South Carolina and in compliance with all South Carolina state requirements. The certificate may also be called a Certificate of Status, a Certificate of Existence, or a Certificate of Authority. The Office of the Secretary of State grants Certificates of Good Standing. Therefore, the one-page official certificate will bear the seal of the Secretary of State (unless another issuing authority issues the certificate). Any entity in South Carolina may receive one of these documents upon submittal of the required paperwork. The entity can be foreign, domestic, for-profit, or nonprofit, but it must be duly formed registered with the state.
Entity Requirements:
• Must be registered to do business in South Carolina 
• Must be in good standing with the state regulations and not suspended for any reason 
We can obtain South 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