How To Obtain Certified Copies Of Business Documents
A certified copy is a duplicate of an original document that is certified as a true copy by the officer having custody of the original. There are several reasons why you might need certified copies of some documents:
- Keeping the original of your formation documents or any other state-filed document with your company records records is important. If the original(s) are ever lost or misplaced, requesting a certified copy from the state of formation or qualification is advisable.
- Certified copy of your company's formation documents is often needed in order to open a bank account.
- A Secretary of State may request certified copies when an entity intends to foreign qualify (form a Foreign Entity in that state).
Commonly Certified Documents
The most common requests are for certified copies of:
- Articles of Incorporation/Organization
- Certificate of Formation
- Articles of Amendment
- Certificate of Authority (qualification documents)
- Articles of Dissolution
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