Where can I get it?
You can obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from the Secretary of State office where you registered your business concern. Sometimes a Certificate of Good Standing is also referred to as a “Certificate of Fact or Existence”. The title for this document varies from State to State. In order for this document to be accepted by the SBA it cannot be any older than 90 days at time you submit your 8a Application.
Who is Required to Submit it?
All business concerns that are formed as a Corporation, Limited Liability Company or Partnership must obtain and submit this document as part of their 8a Application. If you operate as a Sole Proprietorship, this document is not required to be submitted.
If you formed your business concern within a different State than the State in which the business concerns operates you must also obtain and submit a Certificate of Good Standing from each State in which you have filed a foreign entity filing.