How to get a Certificate of Existence from the Tennessee Department of State
A certificate of good standing in the State of Tennessee is called a Certificate of Existence or Authorization. You can order by mail or in person, but we recommend mailing. Normal processing takes up to 2 days, plus additional time for mailing, and costs $20. Expedited service is not available.
You can order
How much does a Tennessee Certificate of Existence cost?
$20 for normal processing.
Is expedited processing available?
No. However, in person orders are processed while you wait.
Check or Money Order.
How long does it take to get a Certificate of Existence?
Normal processing: 1-2 business days, plus additional time for mailing.
How will the Certificate of Existence come back after I order from the Tennessee Department of State?
It will be mailed by regular mail, unless you request otherwise and provide a pre-addressed prepaid envelope or UPS/Fed Ex airbill. Return service by fax or email is not available.
Tennessee Department of State
Northwest Registered Agent, Inc.
Nashville, TN 37212