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