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

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

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

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

OTHER NAMES FOR A VIRGINIA GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE

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

Example of a Virginia Certificate of Good Standing

Example of a Virginia Good Standing Certificate

What does it say on a Virginia Good Standing Certificate?

I SECRETARY OF STATE NAME, Secretary of State of the State of Virginia, do hereby certify that COMPANY NAME is a Virginia Corporation registered to transact business in Virginia 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 Virginia a Good Standing Certificate is called a Certificate of Good Standing. This sometimes causes confusion when the requesting party, commonly the Secretary of State in another state besides Virginia, requests a "Good Standing Certificate". In these cases a Virginia Certificate of Good Standing will fulfill the requirements for a Virginia Good Standing Certificate.

VIRGINIA GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE COST CALCULATOR

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VA Company Options

CORPORATION

  •    Priority - $73.00 - (2-3 hours)*
  •    Regular - $42.00 - (next business day)

LLC / LLP / LP

  •    Priority - $73.00 - (2-3 hours)*
  •    Regular - $42.00 - (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 Virginia Certificate of Good Standing?

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

Need a Virginia Good Standing Certificate to register your VA Company in another state?

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

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

Need a Virginia Certificate of Good Standing for a VA Attorney?

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

If you are a Virginia 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 Virginia.

Need a Virginia Good Standing Certificate for VA Tax Compliance?

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

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

VIRGINIA STATE CONTACT INFORMATION

VIRGINIA BUSINESS SERVICES

GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE INFORMATION FOR ANY STATE

Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth
  • 1111 East Broad Street
  • Richmond, VA 23219
  • Tel:  804-786-2441

Virginia Department of Taxation

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry