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Major Changes in Our Guidelines to Obtain Entity Status Letters

An Entity Status Letter discloses whether or not a business entity is in good standing with us and provides certification to use for:

  • Legal status in court proceedings.
  • An outstanding liability that could have an effect on an entity's credit rating such as the closing of escrow.
  • Verification of an exempt status.
  • Registering a corporation or LLC to transact business in another state.

The Entity Status Letter we issue only contains public information and does not reflect the entity's status with any other agency.

Fees

With the implementation of our new web-based Entity Status Letter request system, effective February 16, 2012, we eliminated the fee charged for obtaining an Entity Status Letter.

Eligibility guidelines

Any interested party can request an entity status letter for the following types of entities:

  • Corporations.
  • Exempt organizations
  • Banks.
  • Financial institutions.
  • Limited liability companies (taxed as corporations, partnerships, or disregarded entities).

We do not issue Entity Status Letters for:

  • General partnerships.
  • Limited partnerships.
  • Limited liability partnerships.

However, any of these entities registered with the Secretary of State can send a written request for a Certificate of Good Standing to:

Secretary of State
(Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership, or General Partnership) Section
PO Box 944225
SACRAMENTO CA 94244-2250

How to obtain Entity Status Letters

Requests for Entity Status Letters can be made using our Self-Serve Entity Status Letter online application.

If you have any questions about obtaining an Entity Status Letter, contact us at ESL@ftb.ca.gov

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