Requesting Searches & Certificates
Search Corporate Records
If there is a company or society of interest to you, start by reviewing their records on file at BC Registries and Online Services. Companies and societies are required to keep their records up to date with the Registry and within their own place of business. All Registry files are accessible to the public.
Information from a search
- Status - the company is active or not active
- Recognition/incorporation date – when they were incorporated, registered, amalgamated within BC
- Last Annual Report - with date filed
- Previous company name(s)
- Registered office address
- Records office address
- Names of Directors, Officers – often included in annual reports
Shareholders and share certificate details are not available. You need to contact the registered office of the company for this information.
You can request any of the following:
- A search for Small Claims Court
- A search of active or historical registrations
- Certificate of Status
- Certificate of Good Standing
- Certified Work
- Letters Under Seal
- No Record Letter
Copies of the applicable documentation are available upon request. Please call BC Registries and Online Services at 1 877 526-1526 to speak with a representative who will calculate the cost for photocopies or certified copies.
Certificate of Status
This document verifies the status of a company and proves it is not in the process of dissolving. A Certificate of Status is issued only to a company formed in B.C.
This certificate is issued only when a company is up-to-date with the filing of their annual reports. If a company is not up-to-date, they are "not in good standing" and cannot order a Certificate of Good Standing.
For companies incorporated outside of the province and registered in B.C. (known as an extraprovincial), you may request a Certificate of Good Standing that certifies the company is registered in the province and up-to-date with filing annual reports.
Certificates of Good Standing are no longer issued to companies formed in Alberta or Saskatchewan, general partnerships, limited partnerships or sole proprietorships. A Letter Under Seal can be requested for these entities certifying registration in B.C.
You can submit by mail or in person at any Service BC centre, or through BC OnLine if you are an account holder.
If submitting by mail please ensure you include the following details:
- Business name
- Registration / Incorporation Number or Business Number
- List of the items you are requesting
- Your name
- Your telephone number
- Your email address
- Your full return mailing address
If requesting a Certificate of Good Standing, please include a Certificate of Good Standing Order form (PDF).
Ensure you include payment with your request and make your cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance.