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

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

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

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

OTHER NAMES FOR A WASHINGTON GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE

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

Example of a Washington Certificate of Good Standing

Example of a Washington Good Standing Certificate

What does it say on a Washington Good Standing Certificate?

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

WASHINGTON GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE COST CALCULATOR

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WA Company Options

CORPORATION

  •    Priority - $180.00 - (1-2 business days)
  •    Regular - $75.00 - (4-7 business days)

LLC / LLP / LP

  •    Priority - $180.00 - (1-2 business days)
  •    Regular - $75.00 - (4-7 business days)

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 Washington Certificate of Good Standing?

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

Need a Washington Good Standing Certificate to register your WA Company in another state?

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

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

Need a Washington Certificate of Good Standing for a WA Attorney?

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

If you are a Washington 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 Washington.

Need a Washington Good Standing Certificate for WA Tax Compliance?

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

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

WASHINGTON STATE CONTACT INFORMATION

WASHINGTON BUSINESS SERVICES

GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE INFORMATION FOR ANY STATE

Washington Secretary of State
  • 801 Capitol Way South
  • Olympia, WA 98504-0234
  • Tel:  360- 725-0377

Washington Department of Revenue
  • PO Box 47450
  • Olympia, WA 98504-7450
  • Tel:  800-647-7706
  • Website:
  •   dor.wa.gov/

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
  • PO Box 44000
  • Olympia, WA 98504-4000
  • Tel:  360-902-5800
  • Website:
  •   www.lni.wa.gov/