This webpage has been created to assist business owners through the process of obtaining a Certificate of Existence from the Secretary of State’s office in South Carolina. A Certificate of Existence (often referred to as a certificate of good standing) is a document that is used to indicate a business’s standing with the Secretary of State when attempting to apply for registration in a foreign state or when requesting financing. Making a request for this certificate is simple and can be accomplished by completing the requisite PDF and mailing it to the Secretary of State along with a $10 filing fee.

How to Request

Step 1- To make a request for a certificate of existence, begin by downloading the Document Request Form.

Step 2- The information required for this form is as follows:

  • Date of request
  • Person requesting
  • Contact number
  • Name of entity
  • Date of incorporation
  • Select the type of document being requested (certificate of existence)


Step 3- Once this application has been downloaded and completed correctly, you will need to attach a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State for the $10 filing fee. Both articles must then be forwarded to the address below.

South Carolina Secretary of State

Attn: Corporations Division – 1205 Pendleton St, Ste. 525

Columbia, SC 29201

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