What is a Certificate of Good Standing in Delaware?

What is a Certificate of Good Standing in Delaware?Many clients contact us with the question, "What is a Certificate of Good Standing in Delaware and why do I need it?"

A Certificate of Good Standing, also known as a Status Certificate or Certificate of Existence, is a one page document that is issued by Delaware Secretary of State. It states that a company legally exists and is in Good Standing in the State of Delaware. This certificate, which features the State seal, signature of Delaware Secretary of State and authentication number which can be validated online at the State's website, has a short shelf life of 30-90 days.

What are some circumstances that may require a Certificate of Good Standing from the State of Delaware?

If you are opening a US bank account, among the documentation that may be required of you, is a Certificate of Good Standing. And surprisingly, even if the company has just been formed, many banks still want to see this document. We recommend calling your bank for a full list of account opening requirements.

If you are registering to do business as a foreign entity in another State, most likely you will need a Certificate of Good Standing to file with your registration document.

If you are completing a contract for a business deal, you will likely need to present a Good Standing.

If you are selling your business, you should need to produce a Certificate of Good Standing.

Cost of Certificate of Good Standing issued by Delaware Secretary of State:

$125.00 for current customers; $150 if we are not your registered agent.

You may order your Certificate of Good Standing with Delaware Registry by the link below or telephone 302.477.9800. Typically, electronic delivery of this document will occur on the same day, often within a couple hours, (depending upon the time the order is received.)

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