What is a California certificate of good standing?
A California good standing is a certificate issued by the California secretary of state authenticating that all franchise taxes have been paid up to date and all required annual reports have been filed. In California, this document is also known as a Certificate of Status. This document certifies to the current status of an entity (e.g., active/good standing, suspended, dissolved, cancelled, etc.)
How do I get a California certificate of good standing?
You can order a California certificate of existence on this page. Upon receipt of your order, we'll request the good standing document. If the company is NOT in good standing and you are the owner, we'll notify you and let you know what is required to bring the company into good standing with the state.
Do I need a California certificate of good standing?
A good standing is requested for several reasons:
- opening a bank account
- getting a bank loan
- foreign qualification with another state (aka doing business in another state)
- bringing on an investor or partner
How long does it take to get a certificate of good standing?
It normally takes 4 weeks to obtain the certificate from the State of California. However, if you use our service, we can acquire the certificate within 1-3 business days. Be sure to select expedited service at checkout.
How much does a certificate of good standing cost?
We charge a processing fee plus the California document fee of $15. Any expedited fees are additional.
Is a certificate of good standing the same as a certificate of existence?
Yes. The most popular term is "good standing". Some states call this document a "certificate of existence" or a "certificate of status".
How do I keep a California limited liability company (LLC) in good standing?
Pay any annual franchise taxes that are due before the due date and file any annual reports with the California Franchise Tax Board.
How do I request a certificate of good standing?
You can place your order for a certificate of good standing here.
What does DBI Global Filings do? How much do you charge for document retrieval services?
Your time is valuable. Use our document retrieval service to increase your productivity. Our trained Document Retrieval Specialists are experienced in navigating California's Secretary of State website regarding document retrieval.
- Receive and review your order
- Verify your request
- Place the order with the appropriate state agency
- Pay government filing fees on your behalf
- Follow-up with the state agency on your request
- Forward your documents via email or express shipping
We charge a one-time processing fee plus state document retrieval fees. Each state has different fees. See our comprehensive order form for exact fees.
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Thank you for your interest in a California certificate of good standing document.