A Louisiana certificate of good standing proves that your business is currently eligible to operate in the state. This certificate is used for business and financial transactions when you need to provide proof of legal business operation. If you plan to operate internationally, you may need the certificate for foreign use.

Obtaining a Louisiana Certificate of Good Standing

This certificate can be ordered online, in person, or via mail or fax. Online processing is the fastest. You'll receive your certificate within three business days. The fee is $20. You can get expedited service within 24 hours for an additional $50 fee. Online orders also carry a $5 service charge.

To order your certificate online:

  • Search for your business name and select it from the provided list. Do not include your corporate ending such as LLC.
  • Your business information will appear on the screen, and you will be able to add a certificate to your online shopping cart if you are currently in good standing.
  • When you click the link to check out, you can enter your credit card information and immediately print your certificate.
  • If you order your certificate by mail, include the name of your business, the nature of your request, a daytime phone number where you can be reached, and the required fee. Fax requires the same information.

You can request your certificate in person and will receive a call when processing is complete. You can also pay $30 for 24-hour processing and $50 for processing while you wait, provided you arrive before 4 p.m. with payment.

Each credit card transaction is subject to a $2 processing fee. If you need a return fax, you must pay $1 per page up to a maximum of $10. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are accepted. You can also pay with a check or money order made payable to the Secretary of State.

Your certificate will be sent by postal mail unless you provide a prepaid envelope or account number for FedEx or USPS.

The Louisiana Secretary of State is located at 8585 Archives Ave., PO Box 94125, Baton Rouge. The phone number is 225-925-4704, and the email address is commercial@sos.louisiana.gov.

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