This brief tutorial will walk readers through the process of ordering a certificate of good standing in Michigan. This document is available in some way, shape or form in all states though the name of the certificate will differ from state to state (e.g. certificate of status or certificate of existence). Generally, a certificate of good standing is used as official proof that the entity in question is up to date with their filings and fees and is therefore “in good standing” with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. In this state, this document costs $10 and can be obtained by filing a request form in the mail, by fax or by email.

How to Request

Step 1- Begin by downloading this PDF of the Certification and Copies Request form.  

Step 2- Once opened in your PDF viewer, you will be required to provide the following information:

  • Manner in which document should be returned (mail or fax)
  • Requester name, address and phone number
  • Name, address, and phone number of individual to be billed (if different)
  • Entity name and identification number
  • Certificate selection (good standing)


Step 3- Once the document is complete you will be able to either fax it to (517) 241-0538, send it by email to [email protected] or send it to the below address. Those filing by fax/email must have a MICH-ELF account set up (see tutorial here) and will be able to pay by credit card through this account. If filing through the mail, pay the $10 filing fee by check or money order made out to the State of Michigan.

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
Corporations Division
P.O. Box 30054
Lansing, MI 48909

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