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Where to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing

When applying for the 8(a) Program you are required to provide the SBA with a copy of a current Certificate of Good Standing that is no older than 90 days old when your 8(a) application is submitted. Some States refer to the the Certificate of Good Standing as a Certificate of Existence, Compliance, Status or Authorization. Here are links to obtain this required document.

Alabama

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
https://www.alabamainteractive.org/sos_eCertificate/welcome.action

Alaska
Referred to as a Certificate of Compliance
https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/corporations/certificateofcompliance.aspx

Arizona

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
http://www.azcc.gov/Divisions/Corporations/CertGoodStanding.asp

Arkansas

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://www.ark.org/sos/good_standing/index.php

California

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
http://www.sos.ca.gov/business-programs/business-entities/information-requests/

Colorado

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://www.sos.state.co.us/biz/BusinessFunctions.do

Connecticut

Referred to as a Certificate of Legal Existence
http://www.concord-sots.ct.gov/CONCORD

Delaware

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
https://corp.delaware.gov/directweb.shtml

District of Columbia (DC)

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
https://dcra.dc.gov/book/corporate-registration-faqs/corporate-registration-faqs-process

Florida

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
http://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/manage-business/certification/

Georgia

Referred to as a Certificate Existence
https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/CertificateOfExistence

Hawaii

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://portal.ehawaii.gov/home/online-services/certificate-of-goods-standing/

Idaho

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Existence
https://sos.idaho.gov/business-services/

Illinois

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://www.ilsos.gov/corporatellc/

Indiana

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
https://inbiz.in.gov/business-filings/information-requests

Iowa

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
https://sos.iowa.gov/business/FormsAndFees.html#CertsAndCopies

Kansas

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://www.kssos.org/other/certificate_good_standing.html

Kentucky

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
http://www.sos.ky.gov/bus/businessrecords/Pages/default.aspx

Louisiana

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
http://www.sos.la.gov/BusinessServices/SearchForLouisianaBusinessFilings/OrderDocumentsAndCertificates/Pages/default.aspx

Maine

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
https://icrs.informe.org/nei-sos-icrs/ICRS

Maryland

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
http://dat.maryland.gov/businesses/Pages/Internet-Certificate-of-Status.aspx

Massachusetts

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://mtc.dor.state.ma.us/mtc/_/

Michigan

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-5647_12539_71074-33117–,00.html

Minnesota

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/business-liens/business-help/how-to-order-copies-of-filings-certificates/

Mississippi

Referred to as a Certificate of Status/Good Standing/Existence
http://www.sos.ms.gov/BusinessServices/Pages/Order-Documents.aspx

Missouri

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://www.sos.mo.gov/business/formsAndServices

Montana

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
https://sos.mt.gov/business

Nebraska

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
http://www.sos.ne.gov/business/corp_serv/

Nevada

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/businesses/commercial-recordings/faqs

New Hampshire

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
http://sos.nh.gov/corpfaq.aspx

New Jersey

Referred to as a Certificate of Standing
http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/dcr/programs/ann_rptdue.shtml

New Mexico

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Business_Services/good-standing-and-status-certificate-information-and-fees.aspx

New York

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
https://www.dos.ny.gov/corps/faq_certificates_under_seal.page.asp

North Carolina

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://www.ncdor.gov/taxes/corporate-income-franchise-tax/letter-good-standing

North Dakota

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://sos.nd.gov/business/business-services/business-services-faqs

Ohio

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://cogs.sos.state.oh.us/

Oklahoma

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://www.sos.ok.gov/corp/order/orderDefault.aspx

Oregon

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
https://sos.oregon.gov/business/Pages/business-registry-certificates.aspx

Pennsylvania

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
http://www.dos.pa.gov/Businesscharities/Business/Resources/Pages/Good-Standing-Or-Subsistence-Certificates.aspx

Rhode Island

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/Business-Portal/Certifications-Apostille-Goodstanding

South Carolina

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
https://businessfilings.sc.gov/BusinessFiling/Entity/Search

South Dakota

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://sdsos.gov/business-services/default.aspx

Tennessee

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
http://sos.tn.gov/products/business-services/request-certificate-existence-0

Texas

Referred to as a Certificate of Status/Existence
https://www.sos.texas.gov/corp/copies.shtml

Utah

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence/Good Standing
https://corporations.utah.gov/inetcorpdocs.html#Existence

Vermont

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://www.sec.state.vt.us/corporationsbusiness-services/good-standing-status-certificates.aspx

Virginia

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing/Existence
https://www.scc.virginia.gov/clk/copy.aspx

Washington

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence/Authorization
https://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/OrderDocs.aspx

West Virginia

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence/Authorization
https://apps.wv.gov/SOS/BusinessEntitySearch/

Wisconsin

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
https://www.wdfi.org/corporations/fees/cert_program_inst.htm

Wyoming

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
https://wyobiz.wy.gov/business/viewcertificate.aspx

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