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There will be times when you’ll need to check on the status of your Delaware entity and obtain a Delaware Certificate of Good Standing (also known as a Certificate of Existence).
Perhaps you are applying for a bank loan or filing for Foreign Qualification in another state. Maybe you are entering into a contract with a third party, or maybe your corporation is merging with another corporation.
Regardless of the reason, you will need to perform a quick search to ensure your LLC or corporation is still considered active and in good standing with the state of Delaware. Companies that do not meet certain qualifications are unable to proceed with transactions such as these, and they are deemed to not be in good standing with the state.
Your search may begin directly with the state of Delaware website. The website provides limited information about entities formed in this state. You will be able to determine the exact name of the entity, the Delaware state file number, the formation date, the type of entity, the residency and the details of the Registered Agent.
These are basic details about the entity, and do not reveal any internal information regarding the company. Upon viewing the search results, the state of Delaware website explicitly states, "This is not a statement of good standing."
If you search your own company and see this message, don't worry! This does not mean there's an issue with your company. It simply means the details noted on the website are not the equivalent of an actual Delaware Certificate of Good Standing.
The state of Delaware has an official document called a Certificate of Good Standing, which is also known as a Certificate of Existence. This document is printed on special paper, indicates several specific points about the entity and is signed by the Secretary of State of Delaware.
Generally, this is the legal document that will be needed in order to prove the entity (whether it is an LLC or a corporation) is in a good standing status with the state of Delaware.
Therefore, you will not be able to use the quick search results on the state of Delaware's website to validate the status of your entity. If you need to provide proof of your status, you must obtain an official document from the state.
If you need to determine the status of your Delaware entity, you can simply contact Harvard Business Sevices, Inc. and we will be happy to assist you. We have direct access to the state of Delaware's database and we can tell you immediately whether or not your company is in good standing with the state of Delaware.
Should you need to order a Certificate of Good Standing in Delaware, we can obtain a copy for you. You can place an online order for the document and we will obtain it from the state and send it to you based on the level of service speed you choose.
If it is determined your entity is not in a good standing status, we can also provide you with the necessary information to help you restore the company, and take care of all the paperwork for you.
If you have any questions about how to order a Certificate of Good Standing in Delaware, simply contact our office at 1-800-345-2677, Extension 6910, and a representative will gladly help.
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THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG ARTICLE IS NOT A LAWYER AND HARVARD BUSINESS SERVICES, INC. IS NOT A LAW FIRM. THE ARTICLE ABOVE IS NOT INTENDED AS LEGAL ADVICE AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS LEGAL ADVICE. THIS SHORT ARTICLE IS STRICTLY TO MENTION SOME ASPECTS OF DELAWARE’S CORPORATION LAWS AND/OR LAWS RELATING TO OTHER FORMS OF ENTITIES WHICH YOU MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONSULT WITH A LAWYER BEFORE FORMULATING A STRATEGY WHICH WILL BE SUITABLE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC CASE.
There are 2 comments left for How To Order a Delaware Certificate of Good StandingPASKR INC said: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
I mailed in a certification sheet with billing information about three weeks ago. I would like to check to see if you received that information and when will we receive the certificate of existence?HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Thank you for your comment. It sounds like the order was placed directly with Delaware. However, you may certainly send an email to our filings department with your company information and we can confirm whether we received an order. Call us 9-5 Mon - Fri EST at 800-345-2677.Cole Blumer said: Friday, December 2, 2016
I am inquiring about obtain a Certificate in Good Standing from the State of Delaware. We are presently incorporated in that State and a client is asking for a copy. With your expedited services, what we we get exactly?HBS Staff replied: Friday, December 2, 2016
We can have a Certificate of Good Standing emailed to you in two (2) business days for only $99 or, if you are in a hurry, we can get it to you in under 2 hours for $149 (domestic) or $259 (international; does not include Apostille).
We work directly with the state of Delaware so we are able to email the document to you.