A certificate of good standing is a document from the Secretary of State's office that proves that your corporation or LLC is in compliance with all filing requirements and that there are no active tax warrants against it.
How do I get a certificate of good standing for my North Carolina corporation or LLC? A certificate of good standing can be obtained from the North Carolina Secretary of State's office. An apostille is a certification that is used to authenticate documents for use in another country.
A certificate of good standing (also called a "certificate of existence" or "certificate of authorization") is a document issued by the Secretary of State that certifies that a business entity or nonprofit organization is authorized to conduct business in the state. The certificate also confirms that the business entity or nonprofit organization is in good standing with the state. Many foreign countries require businesses and nonprofits to provide a certificate of good standing in order to do business there. Apostilling or certifying a certificate of good standing indicates that the certificate is valid in the country where the apostille or certification is being requested. To get an Apostille in New Jersey, you need to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate from the Vital Statistics office in the town where you were born. Birth certificates from New Jersey can be obtained from the Vital Statistics office in Trenton or from the local town where the birth occurred. Once you have a certified copy of your birth certificate, you need to take it to the county clerk's office where you live. The county clerk will notarize your birth certificate and then send it to the New Jersey Secretary of State's office. The Secretary of State's office will then issue an Apostille. Most common documents apostilled by the Assistant Secretary of State are high school and college transcripts, diplomas, birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, articles of incorporation, corporate resolutions and powers of attorney.
In order to get an apostille for a certificate of good standing in New Jersey, you must first obtain a copy of the certificate of good standing from the New Jersey Secretary of State. Next, you must send the certificate of good standing to the U.S. Department of State with a cover letter and the appropriate fee. Finally, you must send the apostilled certificate of good standing to the receiving country.
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