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The Delaware Certificate of Good Standing, also known as a Certificate of Existence, is a letter provided by the Delaware Secretary of State that declares that a company is in good standing with the state. It specifically lists the incorporation date, good standing status for a corporation or LLC, and whether its taxes are current.
A Certificate of Good Standing can be required in order to open a corporate bank account, purchase or sell real estate, obtain a loan, obtain a Certificate of Authority to operate in another state, or merge with another company. Since the certified document verifies that a company is in good standing on the date it was issued, authorities will generally accept it as proof that the business is valid for 30-60 days after the issue date. Beyond that timeframe, however, a new Certificate of Good Standing may need to be ordered.
Due to the time sensitivity of the Certificate, it is better to order one when you'll need it. If necessary, we can obtain a Certificate for you in as little as two hours.
This certificate can be issued only for companies in good standing with the state of Delaware. If your company owes Delaware Franchise Taxes, they must be paid in full before Harvard Business Services can order your Certificate of Good Standing.
You may email customer support, call 1-800-345-2677 or live chat with a specialist to determine if your company owes a tax balance.
|Service Options||Processing Time*||Service Fee†|
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Order must be submitted by 1 PM EST.
Order must be submitted by 2 PM EST.
Orders placed before 9 AM EST
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|Standard with Apostille||2 Business Days||$200|
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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.
Authorities will usually accept the document as proof your corporation or LLC is real and valid for one to two months after the date of issue. Beyond that, you will need to obtain a newly-issued Delaware Certificate of Good Standing.
You will need this document only when you’re asked to supply one. A Delaware Certificate of Good Standing is typically needed when you do any of the following:
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.
Depending on what it 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. Please check with the party requesting the document if you are unsure if the copy you have meets their requirements.
Under normal conditions, we can guarantee a 48-hour turnaround to get you a Certificate of Good Standing. However, we do offer an expedited express service that speeds up the certificate process.
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's good standing.
Harvard can provide assistance throughout the life of your company. These custom services are the most popular with our clients: