What Is a Certificate of Good Standing in Georgia?
A Certificate of Good Standing (or Certificate of Existence) is a legal document issued by the Georgia Secretary of State office. It provides official verification of various facts relating to a particular business: the date of business registration in Georgia; its type of business structure; the business’ current compliance with filing requirements; the absence of any articles of dissolution or any other filed document indicating that the business has been legally dissolved; and a statement that the organization in question is legally authorized to transact business.
The Certificate of Existence includes the signature of the Georgia Secretary of State and the official state seal. It also contains the date that the document was generated (which is often important for certain business transactions).
A Certificate of Existence should not be confused with a Certificate of Authority, which is intended for foreign entities that need to prove that they are officially registered in the state of Georgia.