Delaware: one of the only states in America that doesn’t provide entity status info online for free
Because Delaware basically completely relies on the fees and taxes it brings in from Delaware corporations and Delaware LLCs, you’ll find that basically everything that would normally be free in the other 49 states costs money in Delaware. At least Delaware hasn’t started charging to answer questions on the phone yet.
You can pay $10 to receive the status of an entity on the Delaware Division of Corporations website.
If you don’t want to pay, you could call the state and ask if you owe any franchise tax. If they tell you that you don’t, then your status is good.
It’s kind of pointless to order a certificate of good standing if you aren’t in good standing, thus creating an even more frustrating process.
A Delaware certificate of good standing costs $50 and takes awhile to get back from the state. They will not fax or email it back to you. They mail it. You can put your Fedex or UPS number on the order form and they will send it back that way if you’re in a hurry.
You can use the state form, or you can just use a company letterhead and request it.
If you’re going to do it yourself, we recommend filing online at the Delaware Division of Corporation’s website. You can also use the pdf here and file by mail: certificate of good standing order form
You can also mail in the request to:
Delaware Division of Corporations
401 Federal Street STE 4
Dover, DE 19901
You can also request us to get the certificate of good standing for you for $150. If you’re a Delaware registered agent client of ours, we will obtain these for you for $100. We can get them the same day for you and email over to you the same day.