For the first time in over 26 years, the Delaware Division of Corporations is overhauling its computer platform. This upgrade will not only affect the database and processing system, but also some of the actual certificates issued by the Division of Corporations. The change is scheduled to take place over Labor Day weekend, so if you order any documents on or after Tuesday, September 8, 2015, you may notice a difference in previously obtained documents.
What exactly is being altered? The most significant change to these documents is the font in the headers and footers. The new documents are more simplistic in design, with a plain, block-style typeface called Thames Serial Regular. The documents issued in the past featured italics in the headers and footers, a font called Zapf Chancery Italic. The font within the body of the documents will remain the same Zapf Chancery Italic font. In addition, the signature section for the current Secretary of State will not change.
If you frequently order these types of documents, you will no doubt notice the modification in their appearance immediately. You may be concerned you are not receiving the same documents you have acquired in the past, or that the new documents lack legitimacy due to the simple font. However, there is no need to worry, as the validity of the documents remains intact. The documents can still be utilized in order to open a bank account, apply for a business loan or to submit along with your Foreign Qualification application.
The Division of Corporations will continue to issue these documents electronically, in a black and white format. Thus, when you receive one of these documents via email, it is indeed considered an original and can be used as such. If at any time you need to verify the authenticity of a document, you can simply visit the Division of Corporation’s website and enter the unique Authentication Code Number listed on your particular document.
For reference, here is an example of what the Certificate of Good Standing and Apostille documents looked like prior to the system upgrade:
Once the Division of Corporation’s system implementation is in place, here is what the documents will look like:
Some people think the new documents have a clean, streamlined appearance while others will likely feel the documents look boring and flat. Regardless of your personal preference, let us help you obtain a Certificate of Good Standing whenever you may need it for your business entity.