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Also Known As A Certificate of Status, Certificate of Existence, Etc.​
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Florida Certificate of Good Standing

Running a business usually involves juggling various types of licenses, documents, and certificates pertaining to one or more aspects of organizational operations. One type of document that is required for certain important business functions is known as a certificate of good standing. If you run a business in Florida, it is vital for you to understand what this type of certificate is used for and why you might need one.

A certificate of good standing is a common state-issued business document that goes by a number of names around the U.S. Depending on what state you’re talking about, it might be called a certificate of existence, a certificate of authorization, a certificate of authentication, or something else. In Florida, it is formally called a Certificate of Status (COS), although sometimes it is unofficially referred to as a certificate of good standing. We will use both terms here interchangeably. 

A Florida Certificate of Status (COS) essentially means that your business is currently in compliance with the state government. But how do you go about getting one of these documents? Just let FastFilings show you the way. It takes just a few minutes to request a Florida Certificate of Status (COS) with our online ordering form. Whether you manage a small LLC or a large corporation, you’ll have your certificate of good standing in no time. 

What Is a Certificate of Good Standing in Florida?

A Certificate of Status (COS) indicates that your business has been properly registered with the Florida Department of State, that it is up to date on all fees and filing requirements, and that it is currently active. The Florida Certificate of Status also includes information on the legal structure of the business (e.g., LLC), its document or registration number, and the date it became effective.

Essentially, your Florida COS provides evidence that your business is current on all legal requirements to operate in the state. A Florida Certificate of Status (COS) can be sent to business partners and third-party entities to prove your compliance with state law. 

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

If you are currently compliant with all applicable business requirements, you can obtain a Certificate of Status (COS) from the Florida Department of State, but the easiest way is to order one with the simple online request form we have developed here at FastFilings. We have spent a considerable amount of time figuring out a simple, streamlined way for businesses to obtain various state-issued documents, including certificates of good standing.

You can order a certificate of good standing if your business is registered with the state. A Florida Certificate of Status (COS) is available for the following types of businesses:   

  • Corporations  
  • Limited liability companies (LLCs)
  • General partnerships
  • Limited liability partnerships
  • Limited partnerships 
  • Limited liability limited partnerships

Because sole proprietorships are not required to register with the State of Florida, it is not possible to obtain a certificate of good standing for one of these types of businesses. 

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Do You Need a Certificate of Good Standing?

A Certificate of Status is not the same thing as a business license—you don’t need a Florida COS in order to conduct everyday operations in the state. Starting a company in Florida does not require a COS. However, there are certain business activities that may require you to produce a valid, up-to-date Florida Certificate of Status (COS). These include:  

  • Applying for a business loan
  • Applying for a payment processing account 
  • Establishing a line of business credit  
  • Renewing certain business licenses  
  • Obtaining insurance for your business   
  • Securing investment funding
  • Selling your business
  • Opening a new branch in another state

Having a current Florida Certificate of Status (COS) on hand is always helpful when you need to prove that you are running a legally compliant business. 

How to Make Sure Your Florida Business Is Compliant

You will not be able to obtain a Florida Certificate of Status (COS) if you fail to comply with your business filing obligations. Making sure all these requirements have been met is essential before you request your certificate of good standing. Be sure you have paid all business fees due to the Florida Department of State. It’s also important to ensure that you are not behind in filing your annual report and any other required documentation with the state. 

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How FastFilings Can Help with Your Florida Certificate of Good Standing

A lot of people out there dread having to deal with government websites and navigating the various features necessary to request a certificate of good standing. With FastFilings, though, it’s a breeze. Our online platform gives you the tools you need to request your official Florida Certificate of Status (COS) from the state agency. Just follow the directions provided to you. After you’ve completed the process, all the relevant paperwork will be sent to you ASAP.

To request your Florida Certificate of Status (COS), you will need to provide the following information:

  • Legal name of your business entity 
  • Your business’ registration/document number (6 or 12 digits)

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