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

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

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

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

OTHER NAMES FOR A TENNESSEE GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE

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

Example of a Tennessee Certificate of Good Standing

Example of a Tennessee Good Standing Certificate

What does it say on a Tennessee Good Standing Certificate?

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

PLEASE NOTE: In Tennessee a Good Standing Certificate is called a Certificate of Existence. This sometimes causes confusion when the requesting party, commonly the Secretary of State in another state besides Tennessee, requests a "Good Standing Certificate". In these cases a Tennessee Certificate of Existence will fulfill the requirements for a Tennessee Good Standing Certificate.

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How much does it cost for a Tennessee Certificate of Good Standing?

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Need a Tennessee Good Standing Certificate to register your TN Company in another state?

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

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

Need a Tennessee Certificate of Good Standing for a TN Attorney?

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

If you are a Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

Need a Tennessee Good Standing Certificate for TN Tax Compliance?

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

In Tennessee a Tax Status Compliance Certificate is called a Letter of Tax Clearance. A Tennessee Letter of Tax Clearance is issued by the Tennessee 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.

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GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE INFORMATION FOR ANY STATE

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Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development