Certificates of Good Standing

A Certificate of Good Standing or Status is an official document that confirms your business is compliant with all the requirements of the Corporations Division, or in good standing with our office.

This certificate does not imply that your business is in good standing with the IRS, the Department of Labor, or the Department of Taxes; or is free and clear of any liens or pending lawsuits.

Certificates of Good Standing

Certificates of Good Standing may be obtained only for entities that file Annual or Biennial Reports, e.g. Corporations, Nonprofits, Mutual Benefit Enterprises (MBE), Limited Liability Companies (LLC/PLC/L3C), and Limited Partnerships.

If seeking the equivalent of a Certificate of Good Standing for a Trade Name, General Partnership, or Limited Partnership please see Certificates of Status below.

A Certificate of Good Standing can be obtained quickly through our Online Business Service Center.

 

Obtaining a Certificate of Good Standing

To generate a Certificate of Good Standing:

  1. Go to the Online Business Service Center.
  2. Click on “Obtain a Certificate of Good Standing.”
  3. Enter your login information if you are an existing user, OR
  4. Create a login as a new user.
  5. Once in the system click on “Certificate of Good Standing” in the right hand menu under “Online Services” to get started.
  6. There is a fee of $25 by credit card or e-check.

Verifying the Validity of a Certificate of Good Standing

To verify the validity and authenticity of a Certificate of Good Standing that has been presented to you, follow the instructions below. Certificates of Good Standing are only valid for 90 days from the date of issuance.

To verify a Certificate of Good Standing:

  1. Go to the Online Business Service Center.
  2. Click on “Verify Certificate of Good Standing.”
  3. Enter the number at the bottom corner of the COGS presented to you.
  4. Compare the image of what is provided with the image of what appears on your screen. If they match, the document provided is valid.

If you are given a Certificate of Good Standing that does not have a verification number on it or looks different, it may be a fraud. Please contact our office at 802-828-1916 for an over-the-phone verification of the document.

 

Certificates of Status

Certificates of Status are available for entities that do not file Annual or Biennial Reports. i.e. Trade Names, General Partnerships, and Limited Partnerships.

Certificates of Status are not, yet, available online, but are rather obtained by filing the following form:

This page was last updated: 2014-08-27