This tutorial can be used to learn about the process of purchasing a Certificate of Existence in Washington. This document goes by a number of names in other states, from certificate of good standing to certificate of status or fact, and its main purpose is to prove the validity of the business it’s been purchased for. A document of this nature will often be demanded by secretaries of state when a foreign entity is requesting permission to transact business in their jurisdiction. It is not uncommon for financial institutions to ask for a Certificate of Existence if financing is being requested by an entity. In Washington, this document costs $20 and can be purchased quite easily online, the process for which has been relayed in detail below.

How to Request

Step 1- First, navigate to this webpage and submit your unified business identifier into the provided field.


Step 2- If entered correctly, you should be presented with a number of options for documents that you could purchase. At the very bottom of this page you will find the Certificate of Existence/Authorization option. There you will be able to enter the number of copies and, below this, decide whether you want to expedite the process. When ready, click Continue.


Step 3- The payment page will have you submitting the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Credit card details
    • Name on card
    • Credit card type
    • Card number
    • CVV number
    • Card expiration
  • Billing address
  • Shipping info
    • Name of individual to receive documents
    • Address of individual to receive documents

Once this has all been entered and double checked for accuracy, you may then click Purchase Documents. The certificate will then be delivered to you, if the application was done correctly, within two weeks of the filing.


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