What is an Illinois Good Standing Certificate and why do I need one?

An Illinois Good Standing Certificate is a one-page document issued by the Illinois Secretary of State which includes information which indicates whether or not a business is allowed to legally conduct business in the state of Illinois.

A IL Good Standing Certificate is often required for loans, to renew business licenses, or for tax or other business purposes in the state of Illinois or in any other state. One of the most common reasons that ypu might need a IL Good Standing Certificate is to apply to do business in a state other than Illinois.

See our  Illinois Good Standing Information  page if you would like more specific information.

OTHER NAMES FOR A ILLINOIS GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE

  • IL Certificate of Existence
  • IL Certificate of Authority
  • IL Certificate of Status
  • IL Certificate of Subsistence
  • IL Certificate of Qualification
  • IL Certificate of Compliance
  • IL Certificate of Standing
  • IL Certificate of Authorization
  • IL Certificate of Fact
  • IL Letter of Good Standing
  • IL Letter of Status

Example of an Illinois Certificate of Good Standing

Example of an Illinois Good Standing Certificate

What does it say on an Illinois Good Standing Certificate?

I SECRETARY OF STATE NAME, Secretary of State of the State of Illinois, do hereby certify that COMPANY NAME is an Illinois Corporation registered to transact business in Illinois on FORMATION DATE. I further certify that all fees and documents required by the Secretary of State's office have been received and is in good standing as far as this office is concerned.

ILLINOIS GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE COST CALCULATOR

Priority certificate IN HAND in 2-3 hours

IL Company Options

CORPORATION

  •    Priority - $111.00 - (2-3 hours)*
  •    Regular - $85.00 - (same day)

LLC / LLP / LP

  •    Priority - $111.00 - (2-3 hours)*
  •    Regular - $85.00 - (same day)

Delivery Options


  •    USPS First Class - free
  •    USPS Priority Mail - $10.00
  •    USPS Express Mail - $25.00

  •    Scanned email copy - $10
    (Included with Priority order)
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How much does it cost for an Illinois Certificate of Good Standing?

Total cost for an Illinois Good Standing Certificate depends on the type of company and how fast you need the Certificate. Choose your options on our Illinois Good Standing Certificate Cost Calculator to determine exactly how much your Certificate will cost. With our Illinois Good Standing Certificate services there are no hidden charges, surprise fees or any sign-ups required to get your Certificate.
*next and same day service for orders received before 1 PM Illinois time (excludes weekends and holidays). Priority price includes scanned and emailed copy of Illinois Good Standing Certificate and regular USPS delivery.

Need an Illinois Good Standing Certificate to register your IL Company in another state?

A Corporation, LLC, LP or LLP that is registered in the state of Illinois may require an Illinois Good Standing Certificate to qualify as a "Foreign Corporation" in a state other than Illinois.

A Foreign Corporation is a Corporation that is registered with a state agency, usually the Secretary of State, in one state and has the Authority to do business in another state. For example, a Corporation registered in the state of California that plans to do business in the state of Illinois is a "Domestic Corporation" in California and a "Foreign Corporation" in the state of Illinois.

Need an Illinois Certificate of Good Standing for an IL Attorney?

If you are an Illinois Attorney or if you need to find out if an Illinois Attorney is in Good Standing with the highest court in the state of Illinois, then you will need a Good Standing Certificate from the Illinois Supreme Court.

If you are an Illinois Attorney who plans to practice in the US District Court system then you may need a Good Standing Certificate from the U.S. District Court for District of Illinois.

Need an Illinois Good Standing Certificate for IL Tax Compliance?

If you need to verify that all outstanding tax liabilities for an Illinois Corporation or Illinois LLC have been paid then you need an Illinois Tax Status Compliance Certificate.

In Illinois a Tax Status Compliance Certificate is called a Tax Clearance Certificate. An Illinois Tax Clearance Certificate is issued by the Illinois Department of Revenue and is sometimes called a Tax Clearance Certificate, an Entity Status Letter, a Certificate of Account Status or a Tax Good Standing Certificate.

ILLINOIS STATE CONTACT INFORMATION

ILLINOIS BUSINESS SERVICES

GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE INFORMATION FOR ANY STATE

Illinois Secretary of State
  • 213 State Capitol
  • Springfield, IL 62756
  • Tel:  800-252-8980

Illinois Department of Revenue

Illinois Department of Labor