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 confirmation statement (previously the 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.
When you order the Certificate of Good Stand it is certified by the UK Companies House.
Information included on the Certificate of Good Standing include:
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.
A UK company must comply with certain criteria for a Certificate of Good Standing to be issued. The company's confirmation statement (previously the annual return) and annual accounts must be filed and up to date and have at least one director who, is an individual.
When your order is placed for a Certificate of Good Standing, we check the status of the UK company with Companies House. Once the document has been prepared by Companies House we get a scanned copy emailed through and the original delivered by courier.
We can provide an Apostilled Certificate of Good Standing which is Apostilled at the Legalisation department 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 and confirms the company's continued legal existence. It also confirms that all administrative requirements have been complied with.
A Certificate of Good Standing takes 3-5 days. An Apostilled certificate of Good Standing takes 7-9 days. The original UK certificate is delivered by courier.
There is currently a backlog at Companies House and we recommend the expedite service for documents.