What is a Massachusetts Good Standing Certificate and why do I need one?

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

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

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

OTHER NAMES FOR A MASSACHUSETTS GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE

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

Example of a Massachusetts Certificate of Good Standing

Example of a Massachusetts Good Standing Certificate

What does it say on a Massachusetts Good Standing Certificate?

I SECRETARY OF STATE NAME, Secretary of State of the State of Massachusetts, do hereby certify that COMPANY NAME is a Massachusetts Corporation registered to transact business in Massachusetts 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.

MASSACHUSETTS GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE COST CALCULATOR

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CORPORATION

  •    Priority - $79.00 - (same day)*
  •    Regular - $50.00 - (next business day)

LLC / LLP / LP

  •    Priority - $79.00 - (same day)*
  •    Regular - $50.00 - (next business 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 a Massachusetts Certificate of Good Standing?

Total cost for a Massachusetts Good Standing Certificate depends on the type of company and how fast you need the Certificate. Choose your options on our Massachusetts Good Standing Certificate Cost Calculator to determine exactly how much your Certificate will cost. With our Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts time (excludes weekends and holidays). Priority price includes scanned and emailed copy of Massachusetts Good Standing Certificate and regular USPS delivery.

Need a Massachusetts Good Standing Certificate to register your MA Company in another state?

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

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 Massachusetts is a "Domestic Corporation" in California and a "Foreign Corporation" in the state of Massachusetts.

Need a Massachusetts Certificate of Good Standing for a MA Attorney?

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

If you are a Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

Need a Massachusetts Good Standing Certificate for MA Tax Compliance?

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

A Massachusetts Tax Status Compliance Certificate is issued by the Massachusetts 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.

MASSACHUSETTS STATE CONTACT INFORMATION

MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS SERVICES

GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE INFORMATION FOR ANY STATE

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
  • One Ashburton Place
  • Boston, MA 02108-1512
  • Tel:  1-800-392-6090
  • Email:
  •   cis@sec.state.ma.us

Massachusetts Department of Revenue
  • 100 Cambridge Street
  • Boston, MA 02204
  • Tel:  617-887-MDOR
  • Website:
  •   www.mass.gov/dor/

Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development