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Misleading letters asking for fees

Around March 18 businesses started receiving letters suggesting they had another step to complete in their filing process. These letters are masked as a "2019 Certificate of Status Request Form" that suggests that its necessary to order a Certificate of Status from the mailing.

A Certificate of Existence (aka Certificate of Status) is a real document that can be ordered directly through the Secretary of State filing system CCFS for only $20, not the $82.50 invoiced in the misleading letter.

If you receive one of these letters for a Certificate of Status order, please do your research. If you have any questions about ordering an actual Certificate of Existence feel free to contact our office at 360-725-0377, by email [email protected], or by visiting the contact us link from our website www.sos.wa.gov/corps

Here is an example of the misleading letter:

Sample Misleading Status Letter