Washington Certified Copies

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What are certified copies?

Washington certified copies are a true and correct copy of business filings, which can obtained from the Washington Secretary of State - Corporations Division. Articles of incorporation are the most commonly certified document. Articles of amendment or annual reports may also be certified.

The Washington Secretary of State - Corporations Division issues certified copies with an endorsement, stamp, or certificate. Certified copies are sometimes required to secure a bank loan, apply for a certificate of authority, and obtain business licenses.

What documents can be certified?

You can typically have most corporate filings certified, including:

  • Articles of formation
  • Articles of amendment
  • Certificate of authority
  • Mergers
  • Annual filings, such as annual reports
  • Fictitious name or DBA registration
  • Dissolution and withdrawals

Where can I obtain Washington certified copies?

Only the Washington Secretary of State - Corporations Division can issue Washington certified copies. It is possible to obtain certified copies yourself using the contact information below.

Washington Secretary of State - Corporations Division
Phone: 360-725-0377
http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/
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