A Certified Copy is a copy of a primary document which includes an endorsement or certificate that states
it is a true copy of the primary document.
A Certified Copy is normally a photocopy.
A Certified Copy bears the signature of a representative of the issuing agency.
In the case of Corporate Documents this is usually the Secretary of State.
When the Secretary of State issues a Certified Copy of a Corporate Document, this means that the
Certified Copy is a true, accurate and valid copy of the Corporate Document that the Secretary of State has on file.
Why do I need a Certified Copy
Businesses often need a Certified Copy of a Corporate Document for bank loans, tax purposes,
foreign qualification, or to replace original Corporate Documents that were lost or destroyed.
Certified Copies for Foreign Qualification
A Corporation or LLC which is registered in one state and wants to do business in another state must first qualify as a "Foreign Corporation"
in the state in which it wants to do business.
For example a Corporation that is registered in California wants to do business in Florida.
The California Corporation must qualify as a Florida Foreign Corporation.
Some states require a Certified Copy of the formation documents, usually called Articles of Incorporation, from the Foreign Corporation.
PCF offers full Foreign Qualification services in all 50 states.
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How can I get a Certified Copy
PCF can order plain or Certified Copies of any Corporate Document that's been filed with the Secretary of State,
or another state agency, anywhere in the US.
In addition, when you form a new company with PCF, you will automatically get a free Certified Copy of your Articles of
Incorporation as part of your Formation Documents.
If you are ready to order a Certified Copy of a Corporate Document online now choose your state below