Virginia Certificate of Good Standing


Virginia Certificate of Good Standing

Routine Order Time Frame:
Next Business Day. Fee: $39
Rush Order Time Frame:
2-3 Business Hours. Fee: $65

A Virginia Good Standing Certificate is also called a Certificate of Existence. This document is issued by the Secretary of State and is often necessary to renew business licenses, for loans, and for various other business or tax reasons. You need a Virginia Certificate of Good Standing in order to certify that your Virginia business is legally in existence. The document also authorizes that your business is complying with all state requirements and is legally authorized to transact business in your state. This allows your business to be in "Good Standing" in the eyes of the state.


Our service fee includes an email copy. 



Rush: 2-3 hours  $65 (plus state fees)


Routine: Next business day  $39 (plus state fees)


Requests must be received by 2 p.m. PST.  Fee includes an email copy of 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


If you require other state documents, such as amendments or articles, head to our Certified Docs page for more information.

The SunDoc Filings Advantage


  • Since 1999, we’ve processed thousands of document retrievals
  • All orders received by 2 p.m. PST are processed the same day
  • Unlike other companies, we do not mail in requests as this will often delay results


SunDoc Filings’ skilled customer service staff is always here to help you. Since 1999, we have successfully retrieved thousands of Good Standing Certificates for our clients.



How to Qualify a Virginia Corporation in Another State


All Virginia entities that would be considered “foreign” in another state must apply for the authority to do business in that state. It’s important to note that each state has different qualification guidelines when it comes to foreign qualifying an LLC or corporation as a “Foreign Corporation.” But for the most part, a Virginia Good Standing Certificate or Certificate of Existence will be required. We can help you obtain this certificate for any state. Simply go to our qualification page.


As you look at the requirements for other states, you may notice that they require both a long form and a short form good standing. You may also note that they refer to a Good Standing Certificate in another way:

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


Commonwealth of Virginia

Certificates of good standing are issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia through their State Corporation Commission

  • Certificate of Good Standing- issued for corporations
  • Certificate of Fact or Existence- issued for LLC's



Information about the Certificate of Good Standing




We will get your certificate to you as soon as possible. In fact, as soon as the Secretary of State returns your document to us, we will immediately scan it and email you a copy. Where necessary, the original document will follow shortly behind via the USPS. Please keep in mind that our delivery time does not include state holidays and weekends when state offices will be closed.


The top reasons for obtaining a Good Standing Certificate or Certificate of Existence are:

  • To obtain a loan or line of credit
  • To register to conduct business in another state
  • To qualify your entity in another state
  • To meet licensing requirements for select industries
Let us know how we can help!
The Certificate of Good Standing is also known as the Certificate of Existence or the Certificate of Status. It is an official document that the Secretary of State issues in order to certify that a legal entity is registered with the State and is currently in compliance with state requirements.
The Secretary of State will grant a Certificate of Good Standing to any domestic or foreign profit or nonprofit business entity that has already been duly registered or formed within the State. This is once the proper paperwork has been filed.
Also known as a Certificate of Status, a Certificate of Authority, or a Certificate of Existence, the Good Standing Certificate is a one page document bearing the seal of the Secretary of State. In some instances where the Secretary of State is not the issuing authority, the seal of another state agency may be present.
Entity Requirements:
• Must be registered to do business in Virginia 
• Must be in good standing with the state regulations and not suspended for any reason 
We can obtain Virginia 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