How to get a Certificate of Status or Existence from the Texas Secretary of State
What most states call a certificate of good standing, in the State of Texas, is called a Certificate of Fact but states the Status and/or Existence of the business. You can order by fax, mail, email, phone, in person, or online, but we recommend online. Online processing costs $15 and is processed within 1-2 hours. Normal processing takes up to 2 days, plus additional time for mailing, and costs $15. Expedited service is available for $10 more and should take less than 1 day, plus additional time for mailing.
A Certificate of Fact in the State of Texas can show different information, depending on your specific request. For example, if you need information on your business status or existence, you need to specifically request as such. They also offer a Certificate of Fact showing merger, name change or registered agent information. You will need to be specific with your request to be sure to receive the information that you need. Feel free to call them if you need additional clarification.
Note: A Certificate of Good Standing is different in the State of Texas than a Certificate of Existence and can be requested online through the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. A Certificate of Good Standing gets confused often in Texas. What is confusing, is if you are from Texas, people ask you for a Certificate of Good Standing showing you have paid your taxes. If you were to register your business in Florida, Florida would need a Certificate of Good Standing, but that certificate is actually called a Certificate of Existence in Texas. Just a little different lingo.
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How much does a Texas Certificate of Status or Existence cost?
$15 online processing.
Is expedited processing available?
Yes. An expedited service fee of $10 is required, in addition to the regular $15 fee.
Check, Money Order, Visa, MasterCard or Discover (additional credit card fees may apply).
How long does it take to get a Certificate of Status or Existence?
Online processing: 1-2 business hours.
How will the Certificate of Status or Existence come back after I order from the Texas Secretary of State?
It will be mailed by regular mail, unless you request otherwise and provide a pre-addressed prepaid envelope or UPS/Fed Ex account number. There is an additional charge of $2 per page for return fax service. Return service by email is not available.
Order an Texas Certificate of Good Standing or Existence Online:
Texas Secretary of State
Northwest Registered Agent, LLC.
Austin, TX 78701