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 is a private limited company with at least one director, a public company with a secretary and at least two directors or an LLP.
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 and have at least one director who, is an individual.
When you order the Certificate of Good Stand it is certified by the UK Companies House.
Information included on a certificate of good standing includes:
Due to changes brought in by the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act in 2016, you will no longer be able to order a Certificate of Good Standing with the shareholders, shareholding or Statement of Capital details included.
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.
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.
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.