A letter of good standing can be used in many situations. Formally it is used to verify the character, the status, or the financial background of a person or business. For example, if you were applying for a car loan, and the dealership was trying to determine if you were a viable candidate, they may request a letter of good standing from your landlord to verify you are making the rent payments every month. This would show them that you would also be able to make car payments. A letter of good standing may also be issued by an academic institution, proving that a student is not on academic probation and is successfully completing their course requirements.
Letters of good standing are also issued by states like California, Illinois, MA and RI, to verify that companies are up to date with certain taxes, like franchise tax, or adhere to their corporate status terms.
Keep the letter brief, addressing only the information required.
Verifying good standing can be as simple as asserting that the entity in question is in good standing. The value of such a letter often comes from that fact that it has been issued, rather than the amount of information provided.
If the letter relates to character, briefly outlining the person’s positive qualities can help.
Sign the letter to certify its truthfulness.
Barbara J. Jeter
2870 Nancy Street
Durham, NC 27703
Dear Ms. Jeter,
I am writing to confirm that Dave Brown is in good in terms of his rent at 245 Bloor Street, Chicago, Ill.
He has been making monthly payments on his apartment for the last 6 months, starting on July 1st, 2009, and has never been late. Currently, he is paid up to date on his rent.
CERTIFICATE OF ACCOUNT STATUS
I am writing to confirm that Wholesale Hunting is currently in good standing according to the records we have on file, and is up to date with franchise tax and other payments due to the state of Texas.
April 08, 2013
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Letter of Good Standing NY Sample
STATE OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF STATE
The State of New York hereby certifies that The Bagel Man corporation is in good standing, and that documents filed for incorporation on 09/06/2009 have been diligently examined, and found to be accurate.
Department of State
Dear St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish Church of Alabama,
I am writing to confirm that Mrs. Mary McMahon is a member of our Parish and has been with us for the past 15 years since moving to the local area. She attends service every week and is a valued member of the community. I also personally married her daughter Anne in 2007.
If you require any further information to verify her good standing with the Catholic Church, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please give my blessings to baby Mathew – I feel Mary will make a wonderful Godmother.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Alturas California
To Whom It May Concern,
Our customer Mr. McKenna Cross has requested that we detail the standing of his accounts with us. We are happy to inform you that we deem both Mr. Cross’ current account and credit card account to be in good standing.
He has been a customer for 11 years, and opened a credit card account 4 years ago in 2009. We can confirm that he has never missed a payment on his balance. Mr. Cross’ current account has also been maintained in good standing for the duration of his time with us. As of writing he holds a positive balance of $32,000.
This letter is provided on behalf of Mr. Cross and without liability to Harriman Banking and our staff.
Harriman Banking, New York
To Whomsoever It May Concern,
This letter is to certify that Dhruv Arora is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and is in good standing. He has been enrolled with the institute since October 12, 2013.
I can confirm that Dhruv has demonstrated good character, and we aren’t aware of any outstanding complaints or disciplinary action ever occurring relating to his accountancy.
If any further information is required please contact us on the provided phone number.