Certificate of Good Standing

Authorized to do Business

A Certificate of Good Standing, sometimes called a Certificate of Existence or Certificate of Authorization, is a state-issued document used to demonstrate that a corporation or limited liability company (LLC) exists or is authorized to do business in the state and has complied with all state-required formalities.


A Certificate of Good Standing is typically required when a company wishes to register to transact business in another state (a process called foreign qualification) and may also be required before a company can enter certain contracts or relationships. The Certificate of Good Standing sets forth:

  • Your company’s name

  • That your company is incorporated and authorized to do business in that state

  • That all fees, taxes and/or any applicable penalties owed the state have been paid

  • That the company’s most recent annual report has been filed

  • That Articles of Dissolution have not been filed


A Certificate of Good Standing is typically required when you want to register your corporation or LLC to transact business in another state. California New Business Bureau obtains a Certificate of Good Standing for you as part of our Foreign Qualification Service.


If your company is not in good standing with the state when a Certificate of Good Standing is requested, the state will often return a document stating that your company is in existence but is in “bad standing,” which can have a negative impact on your business.


What We Offer

California New Business Bureau was founded in 2001 with one simple mission: to make starting a business as simple, fast and as inexpensive as possible. We offer the information, resources, and solutions that help small business owners understand the difference between incorporation vs. LLC, how to incorporate a small business as well as clearly outline the steps to incorporate and register a company.

Naming Your Company

Tax, Licenses, and Permits


Dissolution Filing Service

Name Amendment Filing

Registered Agent Service

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