A Certificate of Subsistence is a document that can be requested from the Department of State which will indicate the business status of the entity in question. Sometimes referred to as a certificate of good standing or certificate of existence, this document is most often used by businesses seeking registration in states/countries outside of their own jurisdiction. Requesting is simple and can be accomplished by completing the PDF application located below, attaching a $40 fee, and mailing both articles to the Department of State. Scroll down to find out more about the exact requirements necessary to file.

How to Request

Step 1- Begin by downloading the Copy/Certificate Request application that the Department of State has provided.

Step 2- With the application downloaded, continue by submitting the following information:

  • Return address (mail or email)
  • 1-Name and entity number
  • 2-Document and quantity being requested (subsistence certificate)
  • 3-Method of payment


Step 3- Once this document has been completed, a filing fee must be prepared in the amount of $40. This fee should come in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Department of State. The application and fee must be mailed or delivered to the address below.

Pennsylvania Department of State

Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations

P.O. Box 8722

Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722

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