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Certificates of Good Standing

Obtain a Certificate of Good Standing Check Validation Number

Do you need to prove your business entity is incorporated and authorized to do business in Ohio?  Request a Certificate of Good Standing from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.

A Certificate of Good Standing will show your business entity is current with all Secretary of State filings and your corporate franchise taxes, which can be helpful when requesting financing from a financial institution. You can use the Secretary of State’s online system to request and print your certificate in minutes.


  • Request an instant certification for most active business entities. 
  • Click here to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing.
  • View and print your certificate at your own computer.
  • Provide your lending institution or other business entities with the ability to authenticate the certification via our website using the validation number (which replaces the Gold Seal in the paper process) found on the certificate itself and carrying the full weight of the law, just as any other certificate provided by the Secretary of State. Use the link above to validate the certificate.

Additional Information

  • The fee for a Certificate of Good Standing is $5, payable by MasterCard, VISA, Discover or American Express. You can also create and use a Prepayment Account for the fee.
  • Certifications are valid for 60 days.
  • You may submit up to 10 requests in each session.
  • Request a printed Certificate of Good Standing by clicking the Send to the Secretary of State for Printing button on the appropriate screen.
  • Online Certificates of Good Standing include:
    • Certificates of Good Standing for most foreign and domestic corporations;
    • Full Force & Effect Certificates for Trade Names, Fictitious Names, LLC’s, LP’s and LLP’s.
  • For other questions and information, please call us at (877) SOS-FILE (767-3453).
  • Requests for certificates not currently offered online can still be filed with the Secretary of State by submitting the appropriate form to:

Secretary of State, Business Services Division
P.O. Box 130
Columbus, OH 43216
Or deliver to:
Secretary of State, Business Services Division
180 E. Broad Street, Suite 103
Columbus, OH 43215

Request your COG

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