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How to Get a Certificate of Existence in Maine

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Published on June 26, 2022

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How to Get a Certificate of Existence in Maine

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How to Get a Certificate of Existence in Maine

In Maine, potential creditors or investors might request a certificate of existence for your LLC, and you’ll need to provide one or risk losing crucial financing. Thankfully, this guide provides all the information you need to get this certificate in Maine. 

What is a Certificate of Existence for Maine? 

In Maine, a certificate of existence, known as a certificate of good standing in most other states, verifies that you’re a legally registered business entity that is up to date on all filings and fees and permitted to do business in the state. You do not have to obtain this certificate to do business in Maine, or in any state. It is simply used to verify your strong status to third parties such as banks.

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Why Do I Need a Certificate of Existence?

Your LLC only needs a certificate of existence if another party requests one. For instance, a bank might request one if you’re opening a bank account or applying for a loan. A credit firm might request one if you apply for a business credit card, or if you set up credit card processing for customer payments.

If you’re registering as a foreign LLC in another state, you will probably be asked for a certificate of existence. 

A foreign entity is simply a business entity doing business in a state other than the one in which it’s registered. For example, if your business is registered in Maine but you also do business in Georgia, you’ll need to register a foreign entity in Georgia.

Where to Get a Certificate of Existence in Maine?

In Maine, the Secretary of State issues certificates of existence. You’ll need to submit a written request for the certificate along with the fee. You can mail your request to the Bureau of Corporations, 101 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-010. The cost is $30 and you should receive your certificate within 10 days. 

Requirements for a Certificate of Existence

You must be registered as a business entity in that state. Operating as a sole proprietorship or a partnership does not require registration in Maine, so those entities are not able to obtain a certificate of existence.

Corporations and LLCs, like your business, must be registered with the state, so they are able to obtain the certificate. 

How Much Does a Maine Certificate of Existence Cost? 

Again, the fee to obtain a certificate of existence in Maine is $30. But it’s well worth it because this is an official document that proves your business’ financial accountability and could open the door to greater investment and expansion.