Education about Washington Certified Copies
What are Washington 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
- 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
801 Capitol Way South, PO Box 40234
Olympia, WA 98504-0234
Name Search: http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/corps_search.aspx
Online Filing: http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/