What is a certificate of good standing?

A certificate of good standing is a certified document issued by Companies House to confirm that a UK limited company has been in continuous and unbroken existence since the date of its incorporation and that no action is currently being taken against the company to remove it from the register.

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Why would I need a certificate of good standing?

Some people request a certificate simply for their own peace of mind or to satisfy shareholders. However, the most common reasons for obtaining this type of certificate include:

  • Opening an overseas business bank account
  • Applying for a business loan
  • Seeking capital investment or a new business partner
  • Trading outside the UK or setting up a foreign branch/office
  • Preparing to sell a company
  • Renewing or applying for a licence

By obtaining a certificate of good standing, you are able to prove that your company is a legitimate, reliable and organised business that adheres to its statutory obligations. This is a great way to reassure clients and investors that your company and its directors are competent and professional.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible for a certificate of good standing, your company must be:

  • Up to date with statutory filing obligations for Companies House
  • A private limited company with at least one natural director

What information is included?

A certificate of good standing will state the following details about a company:

  • Company name in full
  • Company registration number (CRN)
  • Date of incorporation at Companies House
  • Confirmation of required statutory compliance
  • Registrar’s signature

Upon request, the following information can also be included:

  • Registered office address of company
  • Name and service address of each director and the company secretary
  • Names of shareholders or guarantors
  • Authorised and issued share capital

How long is the certificate valid for?

Certificate of good standing will remain valid for three months from the date of issue.