California Certificate of Status / Good Standing Certificate

A Certificate of Status (commonly known as Certificate of Good Standing) is a document issued by the state of California that proves that your entity exists and is in compliance with all state requirements, such as filing annual reports and paying franchise taxes.

Official State Certificate of Good Standing


Available for all 50 States

We immediately verify your standing status with the state and carefully complete all the paperwork on your behalf.

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Certificate of Good Standing $85 +state fees

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Certificate of Good Standing for a CA Domestic Entity

The contents of the California Good Standing Certificate for a domestic entity include the following elements:

  • The date of filing articles of incorporation / date of organization
  • For a LLC - A statement that no cancellation has been filed, and that the limited liability company is authorized to exercise all its powers and privileges and is in good legal standing.
  • For a Corporation - That there is no record that the corporation has been dissolved or that corporation's existence has been terminated by merger, and that according to the records of Secretary of State, the corporation is authorized to exercise all its rights and privileges and is in good legal standing in California.

Certificate of Good Standing for a CA Foreign Entity

The contents of the California Good Standing Certificate for a foreign entity include the following elements:

  • State of organization /Domestic state
  • Entity name
  • Date of registration
  • For a LLC - A statement that its registration has not been canceled; and a statement that it is entitled to transact business in California, subject to any licensing requirements
  • For a Corporation – That the corporation is authorized to transact business in California, and that corporation is in good legal standing in California

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What is a certificate of good standing?

A certificate of good standing is a state-issued document that proves your business exists and has maintained compliance with all state requirements, such as filing annual reports and paying franchise taxes. Some states refer to this document as a “certificate of existence” or a “certificate of authorization”

When do you need a certificate of good standing?

You'll need a certificate of good standing when your business expands to another state (otherwise known as foreign qualification) or when you wish to obtain or renew certain types of financing, loans, or licenses, as in the case of a merger acquisition.

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