How do I obtain a Certificate of Status of the Department of State? Include Text

(Also referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing or Certificate of Existence)

A Certificate of Status of the Department of State may be obtained by submitting a written request to the New York State Department of State, Division of Corporations, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231.

The written request should include the following information:

  1. A specific statement requesting a Certificate of Status.
  2. The exact name of the corporation or other business entity. 
  3. The DOS ID number or the exact date of formation or authorization, if known.
  4. A statement as to whether the request is for routine processing or expedited processing.
  5. The mailing address where the Certificate of Status is to be mailed.

The fee for a Certificate of Status is $25.

Certificates of Status cannot be ordered through this website, by email or over the telephone.

The Division of Corporations will accept written requests for Certificates of Status by fax. Fees for written requests by fax must be paid using your credit card/debit card. To pay for a fee using your credit card/debit card, simply complete and sign the Credit Card/Debit Card Authorization Form (43.9 KB PDF Form, 1 page) and submit it to the Division of Corporations with your written request. Written requests for Certificates of Status may be faxed to (518) 473-1654.

The large volume of submissions and requests received each day by the Division makes it impracticable for Division staff to verify receipt of individual customer submissions. Please do not call the Division for verification of receipt after submitting a certificate or request by fax. If you do not receive correspondence from our office after a reasonable period of time has elapsed, you may contact the Division at (518) 473-2492 for further instructions.

Please note that a Certificate of Status of the Department of State will be returned by first-class mail. We do not provide these documents by fax. You may request that your certificate be returned to you by overnight delivery service by including a prepaid shipping label with your request.