Pennsylvania Certificate of Good Standing

What is a Pennsylvania certificate of good standing?

A certificate of good standing PA is also known as a "subsistence certificate". The certificate is issued by the Pennsylvania secretary of state authenticating that all franchise taxes have been paid up to date and all required annual reports have been filed.

How do I get a Pennsylvania certificate of good standing (subsistence certificate)?

You can order a certificate of good standing on this page. Upon receipt of your order, we'll request the certificate of 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 Pennsylvania certificate of good standing (aka Subsistence Certificate)?

A certificate of good standing is requested for several reasons:

  • opening a bank account
  • getting a bank loan
  • foreign qualification with another state
  • bringing on an investor or partner

How long does it take to get a certificate of good standing?

It normally takes 3 to 5 days to obtain the certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. However, if you use our service, we can acquire the certificate within 1 to 2 business days. Be sure to select expedited service at checkout.

How much does a Pennsylvania certificate of good standing cost?

We charge a processing fee plus the Pennsylvania document fee of $40. Expedited fees are an additional $70.

Is a certificate of good standing the same as a certificate of subsistence?

Yes. The most popular term is "good standing". The Pennsylvania Department of State calls this document a "certificate of subsistence".

How do I keep a Pennsylvania LLC in good standing?

Pay any annual franchise taxes that are due before the due date and file any annual reports with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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 Pennsylvania'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. See our comprehensive order form for exact fees.

Thank you for your interest in a Pennsylvania certificate of good standing (subsistence certificate) document.

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