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What Is a Certificate of Good Standing in Florida?

A Florida certificate of good standing is a piece of paper that provides proof that you are doing all the right things in your business according to the state.

Officially known in Florida as a Certificate of Status, this PDF document can be submitted to companies you work with in other states to let them know that you do exist, are up-to-date on all your fees and licenses, owe no taxes, and are legally allowed to do business.

While this is not a requirement in the state of Florida, it is not difficult to obtain and can lend credence to your standing in the healthcare field, especially if you hope to enter into partnerships with other healthcare companies in Florida or out of state.

A Certificate of Status can also be helpful as you set up a business bank account in the state of Florida, especially if your business is new and has little documentation to show that it exists.

How to Get a Certificate of Good Standing in Florida

Getting a Florida LLC certificate of good standing or a Florida corporation certificate of good standing is a simple process that can be completed entirely online as long as you have a credit card or debit card to pay the fees associated with processing the document.

To begin, you will need to find your 6-digit or 12-digit document number. This number is connected to your business registration in the state of Florida and helps them to determine that you are in fact a legitimate business registered in the state.

To find your document number, go to the Florida Secretary of State’s Division of Corporations page and enter the legal name of your business in the search bar under “Search for Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships, and Trademarks by Name.”

With your credit card or debit card and your document number, you will go to the Florida Department of State website and click the button that says “Order a Certificate of Status.”

Next, you will do the following:

  • Enter your 6-digit or 12-digit document number when prompted.
  • Provide your email address in the appropriate block.
  • Pay for the fees associated with obtaining a Certificate of Status in Florida.
  • Look for an email in the next week from the Department of State that includes a PDF of your Certificate of Status.

It could take up to 7 business days to process, so if you require a more rapid turnaround, you will need to file in person, which will allow you to get a copy of your Certificate of Status that day.

Problems With Securing Your Certificate of Status?

If you are struggling with getting your Certificate of Status in the state of Florida, contact us at Florida Healthcare Law Firm for assistance.