Companies House


Certificate of good standing, certified facts and certified certificates

What is a good standing certificate?

A good standing certificate states that a company has been in continuous, unbroken existence since its incorporation and that no action is currently being taken to strike the company off the register.

What criteria must the company comply with for a good standing certificate to be issued?

The company's annual return and accounts must be filed up to date and;

  • for a private company they must have at least one director who is a natural person*; or
  • for a public company they must have at least two directors, one of which is a natural person*, and a secretary.

*where the company was required to have a natural person director from 1 October 2008

Can additional details (facts) be included on the certificate?

Yes on request, the certificate can include any of the following details as certified facts:

  • Directors names
  • Secretaries names
  • Registered office
  • Issued capital
  • Shareholders
  • Company objects

Extra details can also be added if requested (e.g. date of birth, nationality etc.)

How do I obtain a certificate (good standing, certificate of fact, certified certificate)?

A certificate can be ordered via:

A standard service order costs £20.00 and is processed within 4 working days.

A same day service order costs £60.00 and is processed that day if ordered before 2:00pm, or processed the next working day if ordered after 2:00pm.

Certificate orders are despatched by post (next day guaranteed post for same day orders), or you can request to collect your certificate from one of our offices.

Companies House can provide a fax copy or email a PDF copy of the official certificate on request. Fax or email copies will not be signed. Only the official certified certificate will be signed.

Who carries out the Legalisation of a document or certificate?

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has the function of authenticating (or 'legalising') documents for use in countries signed up to the Hague Convention of 1961. This allows the documents to have the same authenticity in those countries as they have in the UK.

To get a Companies House document 'legalised' by the FCO, it must have the original signature or seal of a British public official. To obtain a certificate signed in person by a Companies House official, you will need to request a 'certified certificate' or 'certified copy'.

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