How Do I Get a Certificate of Good Standing in Wisconsin?
You can obtain your certificate of good standing, known as a certificate of status in Wisconsin, by requesting it from the Department of Financial Institutions.
There are two main steps for getting your certificate of good standing:
What is a certificate of good standing? A certificate of good standing is a state document that verifies your business was legally formed and has been properly maintained.
Step 1. Make Sure Your Wisconsin Business is Compliant
To qualify for a Wisconsin certificate of status, your business must stay up-to-date with state compliance requirements:
Licenses & Permits
To operate your business in Wisconsin, you must follow federal, state, and local licensing guidelines. This can include regulations like health permits and building permits.
You can find out more about state licensing requirements with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services website.
Depending on your business activity, you will have to register for different forms of Wisconsin state tax. This can include sales tax, withholding tax, or Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax.
All Wisconsin LLCs and corporations must file an annual report. This report verifies the business’s basic information including its principal office address and registered agent information.
The report must be filed online with the Department of Financial Institutions. It is due by the end of the quarter in which the business was formed. The filing fee is $25.
Step 2. Order Your Wisconsin Certificate of Good Standing
Once your business remains compliant with the state, you can request a Wisconsin certificate of status from the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. This can be done online or by mail.
Do I Need a Certificate of Good Standing in Wisconsin?
While you don’t necessarily need a certificate of compliance to run your business in Wisconsin, there are several instances where you may need to get one. These include:
- Purchasing business insurance
- Applying for business loans
- Opening a business checking account
- Registering to do business in other states
Wisconsin Certificate of Good Standing FAQ
What is a Wisconsin certificate of good standing?
A certificate of good standing is a legal document that confirms that your business is compliant with state regulations.
In Wisconsin, a certificate of good standing is known as a certificate of status.
Certificates of good standing are also known as certificates of existence or certificates of compliance.
How do I get a certificate of good standing?
You can get a Wisconsin certificate of status by remaining compliant with state regulations and ordering a certificate online or by mail.
How much does a certificate of good standing cost?
In Wisconsin, ordering a certificate of status costs $10.
How soon do you need a certificate of good standing?
Because many banks and insurance companies will want a business’s certificate of good standing in order to do business, we recommend getting one as soon as possible.
How long is the certificate of good standing valid for?
A Wisconsin certificate of status does not have an expiration date. However, requesters — such as banks, creditors, and foreign business states — often have their own guidelines for a certificate's validity.
What does a certificate of good standing mean?
Obtaining a Wisconsin certificate of status means that the state recognizes your business as both active and compliant.
When do you need a certificate of good standing?
Wisconsin businesses often need a certificate of status in order to do business outside of Wisconsin, obtain business loans, open business bank accounts, or purchase business insurance.
Who is required to get a certificate of good standing?
Wisconsin businesses are not legally required to obtain a certificate of status. However, your business may choose to get one if you decide to do business outside of Wisconsin or get a business bank account.
Where do I find a certificate of good standing?
After ordering your Wisconsin certificate of status online, it will be available immediately to view and print. If you order a certificate by mail, you can pick it up in person, or have the Department of Financial Institutions mail, email, or fax it to you.