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Washington Certificate Of Good Standing

 

How to Get a Washington Certificate of Status

A certificate of good standing in Washington state is called a certificate of status, or a certificate of existence. You can order online, by fax, by mail or in person. You can no longer order by phone. Normal processing takes 5-7 business days, plus additional time for mailing, and costs $20. Expedited service is available for $50 more and processing should take less than 2 business days, plus additional time for mailing.

You can order

  • Online:
    You can now order a certificate of status on the Washington Secretary of State, Corporations Division website. Follow the “order copies and certificates” link (see below) from the Corporations Division homepage and enter your UBI number.
  • By Mail:
    Requests by mail will be expedited only if paying the additional fee and writing “EXPEDITE” on the envelope. You will want to provide the business name, specific request and a daytime phone number for any questions.
  • By Fax:
    This option will no longer be available after June 30, 2012. An additional $50 fee is required for faxing and is considered expedited processing. Credit/Debit Payment Authorization form required. You will want to provide the business name, specific request and a daytime phone number for any questions on a normal fax cover sheet.
  • In Person:
    An additional $50 fee is required for counter service and is considered expedited processing. If received before 3:30pm, requested documents will be processed the same day, usually within 1 hour. The slowest response time will be between noon and 1:30pm.

How much does a Washington certificate of status or existence cost?

$20 for normal processing. $50 for expedited processing.

Is expedited processing available?

Yes. An expedited service fee of $50 is required, in addition to the regular $20 fee.

Payment options?

Check, money order, Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Make check or money order payable to: Secretary of State.

How long does it take to get a certificate of status or certificate of existence?

Expedited Counter Service: same day, usually within 1 hour (in person only).

Expedited processing: 2 business days, plus additional time for mailing.

Normal processing: 5-7 business days, plus additional time for mailing. Due to budget cuts, delays in processing may occur.

How will the certificate of status or certificate of existence come back after I order from the Washington Secretary of State?

You can request they email the certificate back to you, however, they may or may not grant your request. It will be mailed by regular mail, unless you request otherwise and provide a pre-addressed prepaid envelope or Fed Ex account number. Return service by fax is not available.

Why would someone need a certificate of existence?

There are many situations when business owners are required to prove their businesses exist. These certificates are often required when registering a Washington LLC or Washington Corporation in another state, a process typically known as Foreign Registration.

Forms:

Credit/debit payment authorization form

Washington SOS Corporations Division online documents requests

Contact Info:

Washington Secretary of State
Corporations Division
801 Capitol Way South
PO Box 40234
Olympia, WA 98504-0234
Phone: (360)725-0377
Fax: (360)664-8781 or (360)664-0055
Email: corps@secstate.wa.gov

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