How to Get a Certificate of Good Standing in Illinois

Last Updated on February 20, 2021

The Illinois Certificate of Good Standing, sometimes called the Certificate of Existence, shows whether a business has a good standing status with the Secretary of State.  This document is used to verify the existence of most business entities in the state to include registered partnerships, corporations and Limited Liability Companies (LLC) in Illinois that are authorized to transact business in the state.

Some of the uses of the certificate include:

  • Verifying the existence of the business in order to apply for some licenses and permits.
  • Opening a business checking account.
  • Verifying the entity is registered to do business to do business with some vendors and suppliers.

In addition to showing the status of good standing, these documents will also show a status of suspended, dissolved, or cancelled.

The certified copy will contain the date it was certified, signature of the Illinois Secretary of State. While the certificate itself doesn’t expire, most banks, vendors, suppliers, etc. won’t recognize a certificate that is older than 90 days.

How to order a Certificate of Status

To obtain a Certificate, the business must be

  • Registered as a legal business entity in Illinois
  • Current on all of its filings, annual report and franchise taxes with the Secretary of State

There are a few ways to order a certificate.

Online – The filing fee for ordering online is $25, plus an additional 2.35% or $1 for processing.  The certificate is ready within minutes. Ordering is done on the Secretary of State’s website which is shown below.

Mail – The filing fee for normal processing is $25 and takes around five days to process, plus mailing.  Expedited processing is available and usually takes around 24 hours to process plus time for mailing and costs an additional $20.

In-person – In-person processing receives immediate processing and is done through the Secretary of State’s office.  The filing fee is $25 plus an additional $20 for expedited process.

Steps to get an Illinois Certificate of Good Standing

  1. Visit the Illinois Secretary of State’s website at

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2. Enter the name of the business you want the certificate for. Click continue.

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3. Click on the name of the business.

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4. Assuming the entity you are searching is in good standing, click on the link for “purchase certificate of good standing:.

5.  Enter the billing information and if paying by credit card, enter the credit information and click continue to order.

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