Delaware Certificate of Good Standing

Clients Rate Lawyers on our Platform 4.9/5 Stars
based on 2,656 reviews

Jump to Section

Need help with a legal contract?

Post Project Now

Post Your Project (It's Free)

Get Bids to Compare

 Hire Your Lawyer

What is a Delaware Certificate of Good Standing?

A Delaware Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) is an official document that verifies a business formation with the secretary of state’s office. Additionally, it proves that a business is eligible to engage in commerce and complies with current regulations and taxes, such as incorporation or franchise tax. It is generally a short, one-page document.

There are both short- and long-form versions, both of which you can access online.

  • Short Form. This form certifies that the LLC or corporation is current on taxes. Additionally, it verifies that annual reports have been filed for corporations and other entities.
  • Long Form. This form includes additional historical data and information about taxes and annual reports. Additionally, it provides a detailed overview of its legal history and organizational structure.

Businesses with unpaid taxes and annual reports will not receive their Certificate of Good Standing until resolving all outstanding liabilities. The certificate typically includes the company’s name, registration number, formation date, and various declarations and acknowledgments. If you need additional info about the business, you may need to request other documents.

When Do You Need a Delaware Certificate of Good Standing?

You generally need a Delaware Certificate of Good Standing to open a bank account under the company’s name. The document will remain valid for up to six months whether your company is a C-Corp, S-Corp, or Limited Liability Company (LLC). However, your bank may require one that is less than 30 days old in an effort to manage risk more strategically.

Other situations that may require a CGS include:

  • Getting business loans
  • Applying for insurance
  • Securing startup funding
  • Obtaining business contracts
  • Obtaining government contracts
  • Starting a business in a new state
  • Selling your business
  • Renewing business licenses
  • Drafting contracts

You can also obtain a CGS if you want to take periodic snapshots of your organization’s standing at any given point. However, it is generally unnecessary to maintain a valid, certified copy of your CGS on hand for “rainy day” purposes.

Does Delaware Require You to Have a CGS?

No, Delaware doesn’t require you to have a CGS. However, your business remains compliant by following through on the state’s compliance requirement, including filing your Articles of Incorporation and Annual Meeting. Professional corporations will also need to renew their licenses on a periodic basis.

Here is an article that also discusses Delaware corporation laws.

Meet some lawyers on our platform

Michael M.

2 projects on CC
View Profile

Richard N.

76 projects on CC
View Profile

Namrita N.

13 projects on CC
View Profile

Tabetha H.

10 projects on CC
View Profile

How Do I Get a Certificate of Good Standing in Delaware?

You may order a Certificate of Good Standing online, in person, by mail, or by fax. Complete the request form and a daytime phone number where the secretary of state’s office can reach you for questions along with your filing fees. Always get legal advice from corporate lawyers if you have questions about ordering your CGS.

The secretary of state’s office offers four options to get a Certificate of Good Standing in Delaware:

  • Online (No Physical Certificate). You can verify a company’s status via the secretary of state’s website. Still, this option will not produce a physical certificate. The cost is $10 per short-form entity result or $20 per long-form entity result. Their website allows you to pay for these costs with most major credit cards.
  • In-Person. Delaware’s Secretary of State’s Office offers public terminals at 401 Federal Street in Dover, Delaware, at no cost. This in-person visit is not possible for everyone in the state. However, it can be the fastest in some situations since there is no mailing of physical documents involved.
  • Direct Web Access. You can buy Direct Web Access to Delaware corporate information by contacting one of their authorized vendors. Vendors will charge an additional fee for their services and not offer any form of legal protection.
  • In Writing. You can order a DE Certificate of Good Standing by writing to the Division of Corporations. Standard and priority rates apply, and you must complete the Certification Request Memo. If you’re requesting expedited service, you must indicate such on the form.

There is also the option to contact an “Expedited Service Representative” at (302) 739-3073 for more information. Their office will send all certificates via first-class mail unless otherwise provided.

Consider All Documentation Needs

If you are ordering your company’s CGS, you may want to obtain other legal documents that speak to your good standing. In addition, investors and other interested parties may wish to scrutinize as many of your corporate documents as possible. By maintaining current records with the state, your company can take control of the situation and any opportunity presented.

Delaware’s SOS Office can help you also obtain:

Some or all of these documents may be available, depending upon the type of entity and its documentation processes. However, you should be able to obtain the Articles of Incorporation and annual report with relatively little trouble. Get in touch with corporate lawyers if you have questions about drafting, negotiating, or obtaining these documents as soon as possible.

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Delaware Certificate of Good Standing?

It costs at least $50 to get a physical, certified copy of a Delaware Certificate of Good Standing in short form. If you want a long-form CGS, the cost is $175 and includes copies of compliance documents. In some situations, faster processing times are necessary, which the State of Delaware allows for an additional fee.

Additional fees for an expedited Delaware Certificate of Good Standing include:

  • One hour : $1,000
  • Two hours : $500
  • Same day : $50 short form/$80 long-form
  • Within 24 hours : $30 short form/$60 long-form

Balance the advantages and disadvantages of obtaining a CGS promptly and how it could affect your legal situation with an attorney. For example, if you wanted to get a physical, long-form Delaware Certificate of Good Standing within the next hour, it would cost $1,175. But, on the other hand, it could cost as little as $50 when time is not an issue in another instance.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Delaware Certificate of Good Standing?

You could have a physical, long-form DE CGS in as little an hour for $1,175 or as long as 21 days for $50 in short format. It generally takes between one hour and three weeks to get a Delaware Certificate of Good Standing. The Delaware Secretary of State’s Office allows expedited filings for an additional processing fee.

Can You Expedite a DE CGS Request?

Yes, you can expedite a DE CGS request. The state allows you to obtain one in as little as one hour. They also have customer service representatives standing by during regular business hours to answer questions or confirm their ability to fulfill your request.

Who Issues a Certificate of Good Standing?

The Delaware Secretary of State’s Office issues a Certification of Good Standing to businesses. They have offices in Dover and Wilmington where you can obtain one via open public terminals. However, you can order one through their online portal if you do not need to go in person.

Post a project in ContractsCounsel’s marketplace to get flat fee quotes from lawyers who help with Certificates of Good Standing. All lawyer are vetted by our team and peer-reviewed by our customers for you to review before hiring.

How ContractsCounsel Works
Hiring a lawyer on ContractsCounsel is easy, transparent and affordable.
1. Post a Free Project
Complete our 4-step process to provide info on what you need done.
2. Get Bids to Review
Receive flat-fee bids from lawyers in our marketplace to compare.
3. Start Your Project
Securely pay to start working with the lawyer you select.

Meet some of our Lawyers

View Nichole
Member Since:
October 22, 2021

Nichole C.

Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
16 Yrs Experience
Licensed in KY
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law

Licensed attorney in KY and Federally JD, 2006 University of Louisville MBA, 2006 University of Louisville BS, 2001 Berea College Licensed Title Agent Arbitrator and Certified Mediator Business Consultant Adjunct Professor, Law and Business

View Orin
Member Since:
October 23, 2021

Orin K.

Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
New York
18 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NY
New York Law School

I'm an employment lawyer. I counsel and represent employees in all professions, from hourly workers to doctors and all in between. I also counsel and represent employers in many aspects of employment law.

View Michelle
Member Since:
January 24, 2022

Michelle F.

Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
New York
4 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NY
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

I provide comprehensive legal and business consulting services to entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. My practice focuses on start-up foundations, business growth through contractual relationships and ventures, and business purchase and sales. Attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the corporate law industry and commercial litigation. Member of the Bar for the State of New York and United States Federal Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Southern and eastern District Bankruptcy Courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Skilled in business law, federal court commercial litigation, corporate governance and debt restructuring.

View Abhijit "Beej"
Member Since:
October 25, 2021

Abhijit "Beej" D.

Managing Director
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Boston, MA
22 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MA, NY
University of Michigan Law School

Beej serves as counsel to innovators and entrepreneurs in a wide array of legal and business matters worldwide.

View Steve
Member Since:
October 26, 2021

Steve C.

Principal | Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
23 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Loyola Law School

I am a corporate and business attorney in Orange County, CA. I advise start-ups, early-growth companies, investors, and entrepreneurs in various sectors and industries including technology, entertainment, digital media, healthcare, and biomedical.

View Lolitha
Member Since:
October 26, 2021

Lolitha M.

Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Homewood, IL
1 Yr Experience
Licensed in AL
UIC John Marshall Law School

Small firm offering business consultation and contract review services.

View Scott
Member Since:
October 26, 2021

Scott S.

Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
New York, NY
15 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NY
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law

Scott graduated from Cardozo Law School and also has an English degree from Penn. His practice focuses on business law and contracts, with an emphasis on commercial transactions and negotiations, document drafting and review, employment, business formation, e-commerce, technology, healthcare, privacy, data security and compliance. While he's worked with large, established companies, he particularly enjoys collaborating with startups. Prior to starting his own practice in 2011, Scott worked in-house for over 5 years with businesses large and small. He also handles real estate leases, website and app Terms of Service and privacy policies, and pre- and post-nup agreements.

View Oscar
Member Since:
October 28, 2021

Oscar B.

Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Saint Petersburg, FL
20 Yrs Experience
Licensed in FL
Stetson University, College of Law

Oscar is a St. Petersburg native. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Stetson University, College of Law. A former US Army Judge Advocate, Oscar has more than 20 years of experience in Estate Planning, Real Estate, Small Business, Probate, and Asset Protection law. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, and a second-generation Gator, he received a B.A. from the University of Florida and a J.D. from Stetson University’s College of Law. Oscar began working in real estate sales in 1994 prior to attending law school. He continued in real estate, small business law, and Asset Protection as an associate attorney with the firm on Bush, Ross, Gardner, Warren, & Rudy in 2002 before leaving to open his own practice. Oscar also held the position of Sales & Marketing Director for Ballast Point Homes separately from his law practice. He is also a licensed real estate broker and owner of a boutique real estate brokerage. As a captain in the US Army JAG Corps, he served as a Judge Advocate in the 3rd Infantry Division and then as Chief of Client Services, Schweinfurt, Germany, and Chief of Criminal Justice for the 200th MP Command, Ft. Meade, Maryland. He is a certified VA attorney representative and an active member of VARep, an organization of real estate and legal professionals dedicated to representing and educating veterans. Oscar focuses his practice on real small business and asset protection law.

View Rachael
Member Since:
October 28, 2021

Rachael D.

Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
New York
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NY
Touro Law

We help simplify every transaction and provide a superior level of customer service to create long lasting and trusted relationships with our clients. Our goal is to guide our clients with practical and zealous legal representation and eliminate the difficult nature of any legal transaction.

View Gamal
Member Since:
October 31, 2021

Gamal H.

Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
New York City
24 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NY
New York Law School

I am a commercial contracts attorney with twenty years of experience. I have represented major corporate clients including Amazon, Marvel, and Viacom as well as independent entertainment professionals and technology startups.

View Yoann E. A.
Member Since:
October 29, 2021

Yoann E. A. L.

Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Concord Law School at Purdue University Global

For over 15 years, I accumulated both hands-on technical and business experience as an IT engineer and entrepreneur, enabling me to understand your challenges probably better than anyone else on the legal market! My California-based full-online practice focuses on: - Intellectual Property (Copyright / Trademarks) - Privacy / Data Protection - Commercial matters (e.g. service contracts) - Corporate (e.g. incorporation, restructuring)

Find the best lawyer for your project

Browse Lawyers Now

Want to speak to someone?

Get in touch below and we will schedule a time to connect!

Request a call