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How to Get a Certificate of Status (Certificate of Good Standing) for a California Corporation or LLC

Prepared By: Melissa C. Marsh, Los Angeles Business And Corporate Attorney
Written: March 2009 - Last Updated: June 2017   Add to Favorites

A California Certificate of Status (a.k.a. Certificate of Good Standing and Good Standing Certificate) is often required to obtain financing, renew a license, enter into certain business transactions, and in some cases for tax purposes. A California corporation, or LLC, will use a Certificate of Good Standing to prove they are incorporated and authorized to do business in the state. A California Certificate of Good Standing is a document that verifies that a California corporation, California LLC, or California registered partnership is in existence, authorized to transact business in the state, and is current on all of its filings with both the Secretary of State and Franchise Tax Board. A California Certificate of Status (Good Standing Certificate) is a one-page document provided by the California Secretary of State that serves as conclusive proof that your California corporation, LLC, or registered partnership is in existence, in good standing (or in some cases suspended), and if in good standing authorized to transact business in the state. It is typically valid for 90 days.

To obtain a Certificate of Good Standing, a California corporation, LLC, or partnership must be: (1) registered as a legal entity and (2) in full compliance with the corporate rules (current on all its Secretary of State and Franchise Tax Board filings).

We can retrieve a California Certificate of Good Standing for a California Corporation, LLC, or registered partnership from the California Secretary of State within 48 hours for just $249 plus the costs. We can also retrieve certified copies of any filed document, such as your Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization, Amendments, and/or last filed Statement of Information. We can also retrieve a Certificate of Status on someone else's corporation to show that it is suspended.

If you would like to have a Los Angeles, California business law attorney, Melissa Marsh, obtain your California Certificate of Good Standing (Status Certificate) within 48 hours for $249 plus costs, please call 818-849-5206 or Submit Your Request Now.

If you are seeking to obtain a Certificate of Status on some else's California corporation we can obtain that too for the same low price. Submit Your Request Here.

If on the other hand, you need copies of a California corporation's Articles of Incorporation and/or last filed Statement of Information for a Domestic Stock Corporation, please call 818-849-5206-- the fee is just $249 plus costs.

Update: Due to cutbacks instituted by the State of California, the processing time to obtain a certificate of good standing by mail has increased substantially. Mail processing times to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing averages 3 to 4 weeks. If you need a certificate of status (good standing) in less time, we will hand deliver your request to the Secretary of State in Sacramento, which will enable our office to retrieve the California Certificate of Good Standing typically within 48 hours.

California business lawyer, Melissa C. Marsh, is based in Sherman Oaks and West Hollywood, and serves individuals and businesses throughout California and Los Angeles County, including: West Hollywood, Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, Century City, Santa Monica, Burbank, North Hollywood, Valley Village, Toluca Lake, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Encino, and Woodland Hills.

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Located in Los Angeles, California, the Law Office of Melissa C. Marsh handles business law and corporation law matters as a lawyer for clients throughout Los Angeles including Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Hollywood, West LA as well as Riverside County, San Fernando, Ventura County, and Santa Clarita. Attorney Melissa C. Marsh has considerable experience handling business matters both nationally and internationally. We routinely assist our clients with incorporation, forming a California corporation, forming a California llc, partnership, annual minutes, shareholder meetings, director meetings, getting a taxpayer ID number (EIN), buying a business, selling a business, commercial lease review, employee disputes, independent contractors, construction, and personal matters such as preparing a will, living trust, power of attorney, health care directive, and more.