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

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

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

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

OTHER NAMES FOR A WISCONSIN GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE

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

Example of a Wisconsin Certificate of Good Standing

Example of a Wisconsin Good Standing Certificate

What does it say on a Wisconsin Good Standing Certificate?

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

WISCONSIN GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE COST CALCULATOR

Priority certificate IN HAND in 2-3 hours

WI Company Options

CORPORATION

  •    Priority - $78.00 - (2-3 hours)*
  •    Regular - $48.00 - (next business day)

LLC / LLP / LP

  •    Priority - $78.00 - (2-3 hours)*
  •    Regular - $48.00 - (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 Wisconsin Certificate of Good Standing?

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

Need a Wisconsin Good Standing Certificate to register your WI Company in another state?

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

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

Need a Wisconsin Certificate of Good Standing for a WI Attorney?

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

If you are a Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

Need a Wisconsin Good Standing Certificate for WI Tax Compliance?

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

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

WISCONSIN STATE CONTACT INFORMATION

WISCONSIN BUSINESS SERVICES

GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE INFORMATION FOR ANY STATE

Wisconsin Secretary of State

Wisconsin Department of Revenue

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • 201 E. Washington Avenue
  • Madison, WI 53703
  • Tel:  (608) 266-3131
  • Website:
  •   dwd.wisconsin.gov