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Copies and Certificates

Copies of documents on file with the section or certificates issued by the Secretary of State regarding filings, including certificates of status (certificates of existence) may be ordered:

Looking for a Certificate of Good Standing?

Although the comptroller’s office no longer uses the term, "certificate of good standing" is sometimes used to refer to a certificate issued by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts regarding an entity’s franchise tax account status. The comptroller’s office now refers to these certificates as “certificates of account status.” Information about certificates of account status is available from the comptroller.

Certificates of account status are often confused with certificates of status issued by the Secretary of State. A “certificate of status” is a certificate issued by the Secretary of State that serves as official evidence of an entity’s existence or authority to transact business in Texas. A certificate of status provides a statement of an entity’s status, as well as the entity’s current legal name and date of formation or registration.

Certificate Validation

Use our online Certificate Validation service to verify that a certificate of filing or a certificate of fact regarding a business organization has, in fact, been issued by the Corporations Section of the Office of the Texas Secretary of State.