Good Standings Certificates

The Long and Short of it

It’s common to refer to status certificates as “Good Standings” across all 50 states, although their technical name does vary by jurisdiction. There may also be an option to obtain a long form certificate versus a regular certificate. Long Form Good Standing Certificates are, very simply, status certificates that also list the titles and file dates of all corporate documents on file for the entity. Copies do not accompany a Long Form and, if required, must be ordered separately. Of the 33 states that offer Long Forms, many only do so for domestic entities. While the additional information might be preferred to the limited information provided on the standard certificate, Long Forms often take several days to receive and the statutory fees are typically much higher than those for the standard certificate. For more information on what states offer the Long Form or for a proposal of fees, please contact Capitol Services at: