Arkansas Certificate of Good Standing
The Arkansas Certificate of Existence also referred to as the Arkansas Certificate of Good Standing is an official document issued by the Arkansas Secretary of State that certifies that the legal entity is registered with the State of Arkansas and is compliance with all state required formalities.
Arkansas Secretary of State
Business/Commercial Services Division
1401 West Capitol
Timescale to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing
Standard Service – 7 days
Expedite Service – 1-2 days
Certificates cost $25.00 and will be available to download for 48 hours from the time of purchase.
The certificate will be provided to you as a PDF.
Arkansas Good Standing Certificate Fees
Cost for a Arkansas Good Standing Certificate depends on the type of company – Corporation, LLC, LLP, LP – and how fast you need the Certificate. Choose your options below to determine exactly how much your Arkansas Good Standing Certificate will cost.
With our Arkansas Good Standing Certificate services there are no hidden charges required to get your Certificate.
This printed document serves as the official certificate and has a unique authorization code to verify validity.
You may search the authorisation code on the printed certificate to verify the validity of the certificate.
A Certificate of Good Standing is a certificate issued by the Arkansas Secretary of State certifying that a corporation or company is at this time qualified and in good standing, having met all the requirements governing this type of corporation or company in the state of Arkansas.
Arkansas Good Standing Certificate example
An Arkansas Good Standing Certificate / Arkansas Certificate of Existence is a one page document similar to a letter and bears the seal and signature of the state of Arkansas Secretary of State.
An Arkansas Good Standing Certificate is proof positive that the AR Company named on the Certificate is legally eligible to do business in the state of Arkansas.
Requirement to be in Good Standing in the state of Arkansas
- The Arkansas company must be registered as a legal entity with the Arkansas Secretary of State as a Corporation, LLC or LP
- The Arkansas company cannot be in default or suspended as defined by the laws of the state of Arkansas.
- The Arkansas company must have filed all reports required by the Arkansas Secretary of State or any other state of Arkansas agency.
Arkansas business not in Good Standing
The most common reason we find for an Arkansas company not to be in Good Standing is that a required Annual Franchise Tax Report has not been not filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State on time.
Every Arkansas Corporation is required to file a Corporation Annual Franchise Tax Report with the Arkansas Secretary of State every year.
The Arkansas Corporation Annual Report is part of the AR Corporation Annual Franchise Tax Report and is due at the Arkansas Secretary of State by 1st May each year.
If you fail to file an Arkansas Annual Franchise Tax Report on time you will fall out of Good Standing and your business could be administratively dissolved by the Arkansas Secretary of State.
If your Arkansas company is administratively dissolved it is illegal for you to conduct business in the state of Arkansas or any other state. In order to get back into Good Standing you will have to pay for any delinquent Annual Franchise Tax Report and pay a Reinstatement Fee.
An Arkansas Corporation company name becomes available for anyone to use when the Arkansas Corporation is dissolved by the Arkansas Secretary of State. There are no Corporation company name protections in Arkansas once an Arkansas Corporation has been dissolved by the Arkansas Secretary of State.
The cost to reinstate an Arkansas Company depends on exactly why the Corporation, LLC or LP is not in Good Standing.
2012 Arkansas Code – Title 4 – Business and Commercial Law
§ 4-32-1311 – Certificate of Existence.
A Certificate of Existence sets forth:
The domestic limited liability company name or the foreign limited liability company’s corporate name used in this state
That the domestic limited liability company is duly formed under the laws of this state, the date of its formation, and the period of its duration; or
That the foreign limited liability company is authorized to transact business in this state;
That all fees, taxes, and penalties owed to this state have been paid if:
Payment is reflected in the records of the Secretary of State; and
Non-payment affects the existence or authorization of the domestic or foreign limited liability company.
That articles of dissolution have not been filed; and
Other facts of record in the office of the Secretary of State that may be requested by the applicant.
Subject to any qualification stated in the certificate, a certificate of existence or authorization issued by the Secretary of State may be relied upon as conclusive evidence that the domestic or foreign limited liability company is in existence or is authorized to transact business in this state.