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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 taxes are current for a corporation or LLC.
Typically, a Certificate of Good Standing is 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, merge with another company and more. 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 60 days, 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 know you'll need it. If you are in a hurry, we can obtain a Certificate for you in two hours if necessary.
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, Inc. 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*|
|Standard||2 Business Days||$99|
Order must be submitted by 1 PM EST
Order must be submitted by 2 PM EST
|Standard with Apostille||2 Business Days||$200|
|*Fee includes email delivery except when a hard copy is required. Additional shipping fees apply in this case.|
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.
You will need this document only when you’re asked to supply one. Don’t order it in anticipation of the need. 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 service that speeds up the process if you are in immediate need of the document. Call us at 1-800-345-CORP for details.
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.
Harvard can provide assistance throughout the life of your company. These custom services are the most popular with our clients: