A Certificate of Authorization is a vital corporate document that is issued by the State's Secretary of State to provide conclusive evidence that certifies the business is compliant within the State of Incorporation and therefore is in "good standing." The Certificate of Authorization is also known as the Certificate of Existence, the Certificate of Good Standing, the Certificate of Fact, and the Certificate of Status.
A company's formation documents are always stored in the state's archives. These documents only certify that the organization was duly formed. However, these documents do not certify the organization's current status with the State. A Certificate of Good Standing certifies the current existence of the organization. Therefore, in most cases the Certicate of Authorization is valid for up to three months.
In many foreign countries a different system of State corporate records is implemented, thus the Certificate of Authorization is a very unique document to the the United States. In the United States, in order for a business to receive a Certificate of Authorization from the Secretary of State, the entity needs to: