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Where can I get a Letter of Good Standing for my corporation?

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Where can I get a Letter of Good Standing for my corporation?

Hello,

I am opening a bank account in the US and the BMO Harris is asking for a Letter of Good Standing showing the coperation is active.
I googled but can't find a government website. where I can get on?
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matchacreamkitty wrote: Hello,

I am opening a bank account in the US and the BMO Harris is asking for a Letter of Good Standing showing the coperation is active.
I googled but can't find a government website. where I can get on?
Somewhere like this:

https://www.eservicecorp.ca/public-reco ... esearches/

You probably want a Certificate of Status like this:

http://www.centrolegalworks.com/uploads ... Sample.pdf
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matchacreamkitty wrote: Hello,

I am opening a bank account in the US and the BMO Harris is asking for a Letter of Good Standing showing the coperation is active.
I googled but can't find a government website. where I can get on?
Unsure which province you're registered in, but for our business in BC it was pretty complicated if you wanted to order one by yourself.

Certificate of Good Standing is a certificate that basically states your biz is active and there are no taxes owing. For BC corporations, you need a BC online account and deposit a min amount of money ($100?) into it before being able to order one. it is a separate login / registration from Corporate online.

https://www.bconline.gov.bc.ca/

If you'd like to only order a paper copy, you can snail mail one to the office with this PDF. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/emplo ... equest.pdf

Corporate online explains a bit about it here: https://www.corporateonline.gov.bc.ca/W ... w_cogs.htm

If you have an existing relationship with a lawyer, they can likely pull up your certificate at a discounted rate due to their frequent use of title searches.

If you'd want an electronic copy within 5-10mins, you can just pay one of those online certificate search law firms to order a certificate to you such as https://www.speedysearch.ca/british-col ... -standing/

Slight $7 markup, but worth it for the convenience.
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Delight wrote: Unsure which province you're registered in, but for our business in BC it was pretty complicated if you wanted to order one by yourself.

Certificate of Good Standing is a certificate that basically states your biz is active and there are no taxes owing. For BC corporations, you need a BC online account and deposit a min amount of money ($100?) into it before being able to order one. it is a separate login / registration from Corporate online.

https://www.bconline.gov.bc.ca/

If you'd like to only order a paper copy, you can snail mail one to the office with this PDF. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/emplo ... equest.pdf

Corporate online explains a bit about it here: https://www.corporateonline.gov.bc.ca/W ... w_cogs.htm

If you have an existing relationship with a lawyer, they can likely pull up your certificate at a discounted rate due to their frequent use of title searches.

If you'd want an electronic copy within 5-10mins, you can just pay one of those online certificate search law firms to order a certificate to you such as https://www.speedysearch.ca/british-col ... -standing/

Slight $7 markup, but worth it for the convenience.
Excellent information. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question before I needed to ask. Your information is worth much more than what I could find on the BC Govt website. :)

P.S. I forgot to mention also that I spent over an hour on hold waiting for assistance from the BC Govt before giving up also.

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