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MA Certificate Options

 

CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

from

MASSACHUSETTS SECRETARY of STATE

 

 

Certificate Dating and Timing

Please be aware that Massachusetts Secretary of State backdates all certificates one business day from the date the certificate is produced.

In congruence with this policy, as of 2016 MA will no longer issue any certificate on the same day a filing is made if that filing could possibly have an affect on the information provided within the certificate. Such certificates will only be issued once the certificate date (back one business day) matches the date of filing or a subsequent date.

Example 1:  If an entity files an overdue annual report to bring itself into good standing on Wednesday, the good standing certificate will not be issued until Thursday.

Example 2:  If an entity files a formation document on a Saturday or Sunday, MA will not issue a certificate until the following Tuesday  (assuming regular non-holiday week). Any certificate ordered on that Monday, once backdated to the prior business day (Friday), would reflect a date prior to the entity's formation, thereby rendering the certificate innacurate.

 

Electronic vs Gold Seal

Electronic certificates are emailable black and white certificates for which there is no hard copy of the document. They include an electronic version of the state seal and a validation # which may be used to verify authenticity of the certificate at the Massachusetts Corporations Division website. All electronic certificates include the transaction fee described at the bottom of this page.

Gold Seal certificates are originally issued documents with an official gold state seal affixed.

For certificates that are available in both formats, PCS will obtain the electronic format by default unless instructed otherwise.

 

DOMESTIC CORPORATIONS

including

NON-PROFIT AND PROFESSIONAL CORPORATIONS

Certificate

Statutory Fee

Description & Options

Time Frame

Good Standing

(not available for certain exempt non-profit corporations)

$15.00 *

Name, Date Incorporated, Annual Reports and fees paid, no dissolution pending, has legal existence.

Electronic or Gold Seal

Same Day

Legal Existence - for entities with no name changes on file

$ 10.00 *

Name, date Incorporated, has legal existence

Electronic or Gold Seal

Same Day

Legal Existence - for entities with 1 name change

$ 10.00 *

Original name, date incorporated, date name changed, has legal existence

Gold Seal Only

Same Day

Legal Existence - for entities with 2 or more name changes

$15.00 *

Original name, date of incorporation, date amendment filed to change name, new name, has legal existence

Gold Seal Only

24 hours

(Approximate)

Legal Existence listing Officers

$15.00 *

Name, date of incorporation (name changes-if any) has legal existence, list president, treasurer, clerk and director from last annual report or change in officers and directors

Gold Seal Only

24 hours

(Approximate)

Legal Existence listing Amendments

$23.50 *

Name, date of incorporation, chronological list of amendments, has legal existence

Gold Seal Only

24 hours

(Approximate)

Legal Existence listing Officers and Amendments

$ 30 *

Name, date of incorporation, chronological list of amendments, has legal existence, list president, treasurer, clerk and director from last annual report or change in officers and directors

Gold Seal only

24 hours

(Approximate)

Certificate re: Merger

$23.50 *

Names or corporations merging under various sections of chapter 156B

Gold Seal only

24 hours

(Approximate)

Certificate re: Dissolution

$10.00 *

Name, date incorporated, date dissolved

- Chapter and Section

Electronic or Gold Seal

Same Day

 
 
 
 

FOREIGN CORPORATIONS

 

Certificate

Statutory Fee

Description & Options

Time Frame

Good Standing 

(for entities which have no revokations in their document history)

$15.00 *

Name, home state, date incorporated, date qualified in MA,  Annual Reports and fees paid, no dissolution pending, has legal existence

Electronic or Gold Seal

Same Day

Good Standing on an entity which has been revoked and requalified

$ 23.50 *

Name, home state, date incorporated, date qualified in MA,  Annual Reports and fees paid, no dissolution pending, has legal existence, date of revocation and date of reinstatement

Gold Seal Only

Same Day

Legal Existence - For corps with no name changes on record

(Certificate of Registration)

$10.00 *

Name, home state, date Incorporated, date qualified in MA, has legal existence, up to 1 name change

Electronic or Gold Seal

Same Day

Legal Existence - for corps with 1 or more name changes on record

$15.00*          

 

Name, home state, date Incorporated, date qualified in MA, has legal existence, name history

Gold Seal only

24 hours

(Approximate)

Certificate re: Withdrawal

$ 15.00 *

Name, date incorporated, date dissolved, Chapter and Section

Electronic or Gold Seal

Same Day

Certificates listing officers and/or amendments are not available for Foreign Corporations

 

 

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES

(Domestic and Foreign)

 

Certificate

Statutory Fee

Description & Options

Time Frame

Good Standing

$ 30 *

Name, date of formation/qualification, all annual reports filed, lists managers & signatories, has not been cancelled or withdrawn

Gold Seal only

24 hours

 (Approximate)

 

Legal Existence

$ 15 *

Name of LLC, date of formation/qualification, has legal existence

Electronic or Gold Seal only

Same Day

Legal Existence Listing Amendments

$ 30 *

Current Name, initial name, date of formation/qualification, amendments filed, has legal existence

Does not reference annual report filings, even in cases where items have been amended as part of annual report filings.

Gold Seal only

24 hours

(Approximate)

 

 

LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIP

(Domestic and Foreign)

 

Certificate

Statutory Fee

Description & Options

Time Frame

Good Standing

$ 30 *

Name, date of formation/qualification, all annual reports filed, lists partners authorized to sign, has not been cancelled or withdrawn

Gold Seal only

24 hours

 (Approximate)

 

 

Legal Existence

$ 15 *

Name of LLP, date of formation/qualification, has legal existence

Gold Seal only

Same Day

Legal Existence listing Amendments

$ 30 *

Current Name, initial name, date of formation/qualification, amendments filed, has legal existence

Does not reference annual report filings, even in cases where items have been amended as part of annual report filings.

Gold Seal only

24 hours

(Approximate)

 

 

LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS

(Domestic and Foreign)

 

Certificate

Statutory Fee

Description & Options

Time Frame

Good Standing

$ 30 *

Name, date of formation/qualification, all annual reports filed, lists general partners, has not been cancelled or withdrawn

Gold Seal only

24 hours

 (Approximate)

 

 

Legal Existence

$ 15.00 *

Name of LP, date of formation/qualification, has legal existence

Electronic or Gold Seal 

Same Day

Legal Existence listing Amendments

$ 23.50 *

Current Name, initial name, date of formation/qualification, amendments filed, has legal existence

Does not reference annual report filings, even in cases where items have been amended as part of annual report filings.

Gold Seal only

24 hours

(Approximate)

 

 

VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONS &

BUSINESS TRUSTS

 

Certificate

Statutory Fee

Description & Options

Time Frame

Good Standing

(Fees Paid certificate)

$ 15.00 *

Name of business trust, date of declaration, date of filing, has filed all annual reports, has legal existence

Electronic or Gold Seal

Same Day

Legal Existence

$ 15.00 *

Name of business trust, date of declaration, date of filing, has legal existence

Electronic or Gold Seal

Same Day

Legal Existence listing Amendments

$ 23.50 * up to 7 entries

 

$ 35 * over 7 entries

Name, date of declaration, date of filing, amendments filed, has legal existence.

Gold Seal only

 

24 hours

(Approximate)

Special Certificates

$ 25

Certain specific certificate requests may be drawn up upon request.

Gold Seal only

3-5 days

 

*  The asterisk (*) next to the listed certificate price is an indication that the listed cost includes the statutory transaction fee (or convenience fee) associated with expedited handling. This transaction fee varies based on the overall cost of your order, but will not be less than $ 3.00 p/order and will not exceed $ 5 per certificate.  PCS defaults to ordering certificates on an expedited basis and our estimated timeframes apply to expedited service.  We will use non-expedite service only upon request.