Delaware Certificate of Good Standing: FAQs

By Michael Bell Tuesday, August 16, 2016

delaware certificate of good standingPeople often ask us, "What is a Certificate of Good Standing?" They then tell us they need a Delaware Certificate of Good Standing, and wonder how to get one.

 

This certified document, which is produced by the Delaware Secretary of State’s office, is required for real estate closings as well as accounting and legal matters.

 

The Certificate of Good Standing is also known as a Certificate of Status or Certificate of Existence in some states.

 

Here's what you need to know about the Delaware Certificate of Good Standing:

 

What is a Delaware Certificate of Good Standing?

 

This document illustrates that your corporation or LLC is a valid Delaware company that has paid all its taxes in the state of Delaware up to the current date. It is signed by the Delaware Secretary of State and attests to the good standing status of your company on the date it is produced and signed.

 

Most of the time, authorities will accept the document as that proof your corproration or LLC is real and valid, for a month or two after the date of issue, but beyond that, you will need to obtain a newly-issued, updated Delaware Certificate of Good Standing.

 

When do I need a Certificate of Good Standing?

 

When you’re asked to supply one. Don’t order one in anticipation of the need. A Delaware Certificate of Good Standing is typically needed when you open a business bank account, obtain a Certificate of Authority to operate your company in another state, purchase or sell real estate or obtain a loan from a bank.

 

Why do I need a Certificate of Good Standing?

 

A Delaware Certificate of Good Standing proves your company is a legal, valid corporation or LLC that was formed in Delaware and is current on its Delaware Franchise Tax payments.

 

How long is a Delaware Certificate of Good Standing good for?

 

Depending on what the Delaware Certificate of Good Standing is being used for, it will be accepted anywhere from 30 days to six months from the date it is produced and signed by the Delaware Secretary of State.

 

What is the turnaround time to receive a Certificate of Good Standing?

 

Under normal conditions, we can guarantee a 48-hour turnaround to get you a Certificate of Good Standing. However, we do offer an expedited service that speeds up the process if you are in immediate need of the document. Call us at 1-800-345-CORP for details.

 

How can I order a Delaware Certificate of Good Standing from Harvard Business Services, Inc.?

 

Call our office at 800-345-2677, Ext.6911 or order it directly from our website.

 

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There is 1 comment left for Delaware Certificate of Good Standing

Emad Alhati said: Monday, May 8, 2017

Hello, We have a company under the name of BUSINESS & FINANCE GROUP LLC, file number: 5658986. We need to issue a good standing certificate, but our scope of work in the Middle East is in more than one country. Yet, the options allows to choose one country only! Could you advice what to do please? Thank you. Eng. Emad Alhati

HBS Staff replied: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The country provided to us will determine the certification options available based on that country. If you choose a country that is part of the Hague Convention, you will receive the option of ordering the document with an Apostille. If you choose a country that is not part of the Hague Convention, then the Good Standing Certificate will come with Delaware's gold seal certification. We can only provide one country to Delaware per order.

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