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Tennessee Certificate Of Good Standing


How to Get a Tennessee Certificate of Existence

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

This is the recommended method for ordering your Tennessee Certificate of Existence.

By Mail:
You will want to provide the Order Form including the business name, payment, return address information, specific request and a daytime phone number for any questions.

In Person:
Requested documents can usually be provided while you wait, if provided early in the day. Processing time will depend on current workload. You will want to have your payment handy.

How much does a Tennessee Certificate of Existence cost?

To register as a Tennessee corporation.

The cost of a certificate is $20 for normal processing, plus $2.25 convenience fee when ordering online.

Is expedited processing available?

No. However, in person orders are processed while you wait.

Payment options?

Pay with credit card when ordering online, otherwise, Check or Money Order. Make check or money order payable to: Tennessee Secretary of State.

How long does it take to get a Certificate of Existence?

Normal processing: 1-2 business days, plus additional time for mailing. Counter Service: while you wait (in person only).

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 Certificate Existence Order Form

Contact Info:

Tennessee Department of State
Division of Business Services
Corporate Certification
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Snodgrass Tower, 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615)741-6488
Email: business.services@state.tn.us

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