UK Certificate of Good Standing

A good standing certificate states that a UK company has been in continuous, unbroken existence since its incorporation

The certificate issued by Companies House also confirms no action is currently being taken to strike the company off the UK company register.

Companies House will only issue a good standing certificate if the company’s annual return and accounts are filed up to date and one of the following applies:

  • It is a private limited company with at least one director
  • It is a public limited company with a secretary and at least two directors

Criteria for issuing a Certificate of Good Standing

A UK company must comply with certain criteria for a Certificate of Good Standing to be issued. The company's annual return and annual accounts must be filed and up to date. Also a private UK company must have at least one director who, is an individual.

Certificate Details

When you order the Certificate of Good Standing from us, we can get additional information included on the certificate on request. This information is certified by the UK Companies House.

Information included on a certificate of good standing includes:

  • Directors- The names are supplied, the addresses if required can also be requested
  • Registered Office - This will give the current registered office of the company
  • Objects - the company’s objects

Due to changes brought in by the small business enterprise and employment act in 2016, from November 2016 you will no longer be able to order a Certificate of Good Standing with the shareholders, shareholding or Statement of Capital details included.

    UK certificate of good standing

Order a UK Certificate of Good Standing

When your order is placed for a Certificate of Good Standing, we check the status of the UK company with Companies House. We then send you a scanned copy of the document by email and then get the original certificate delivered by courier.

We can provide an Apostilled Certificate of Good Standing which, is Apostilled at the Legalisation Office of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has the function of legalising UK company documents for use in countries signed up to the Hague Convention of 1961.

The Certificate of Good Standing from the Companies Registrar certifies that a company is in Good Standing. The Certificate resembles the initial Certificate of Incorporation and is used to formally confirm the company's continued legal existence. It also confirms that all administrative requirements have been complied with. This certificate will also state if the company is in voluntary liquidation or proceedings have been started to strike the company off the Register.

Certificate – Timescale

A certificate of Good Standing takes 3-4 days. An Apostilled certificate of Good Standing takes 7-9 days. The original UK certificate is delivered by courier.