Search & Copywork

What can be requested through BC Registry Services?

Before you make a request, we recommend you first complete a search of the business or society to ensure all filings are up-to-date. You can request any of the following:

How can requests be submitted to BC Registry Services?

Requests can be made over the telephone, by mail or in person; however, the fastest way to make a request for a search or copy work is through a title search company, such as Dye and Durham.

Telephone

You can submit your request over the telephone using a major credit card with Dye and Durham, BC Registry Services' preferred service provider:

  • From Victoria: 250 953-1700
  • Elsewhere in BC: 1 800 665-6211

Mail

For Certificate of Good Standing requests please refer to how to request a Certificate of Good Standing

Requests can be sent to BC Registry Services by writing a letter. Your letter must include the following details:

  • Business or society name
  • Registration / Incorporation Number or Business Number
  • List of the products you are requesting
  • Your name
  • Your telephone number
  • Your email address
  • Your full return mailing address

The payment for your search request must be included with your mailed request. Please call BC Registry Services at 1 877 526-1526 for Certificates to speak with a representative who will calculate the cost if you are requesting photocopies or certified copies.

Payment by cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance can be accepted when submitting your request by mail.

Mail ToCourier To

BC Registry Services
PO Box 9431 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9V3

BC Registry Services
200 - 940 Blanshard Street
Victoria BC V8W 3E6

Courier pick-up and delivery are at your expense

In person

You can submit your request in person with any of the following service providers:

  • Service BC Centre

    Find a Service BC Centre near you.

  • Small Business BC

    82 - 601 West Cordova Street
    Vancouver BC V6B 1G1

  • A title search company

Note: Fees charged by other service providers may differ from the fees charged by BC Registry Services.

How do I request a Certificate of Good Standing?

You can request a Certificate of Good Standing by:

A certificate of good standing can only be issued when a company or society is up-to-date with the required filings.

Certificates of Good Standing are no longer issued to companies in Alberta or Saskatchewan. A Letter under Seal, certifying that an extraprovincial company is registered in B.C. can be issued.

Mail

Requests can be sent to BC Registry Services by mail using the Certificate of Good Standing Order Form (REG760). The certificate will be mailed within 3 to 7 working days after your form and payment have been received. A $35.00 filing fee, payable by cheque or money order to the Minister of Finance, must be mailed with the form.

Mail ToCourier To

BC Registry Services
PO Box 9431 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9V3

BC Registry Services
200 - 940 Blanshard Street
Victoria BC V8W 3E6

Courier pick-up and delivery are at your expense

Telephone

You can submit your request over the telephone using a major credit card with Dye and Durham, BC Registry Services' preferred service provider:

  • From Victoria: 250 953-1700
  • Elsewhere in BC: 1 800 665-6211

In person

You can submit your request in person with any of the following service providers:

When is a Certificate of Status issued?

A Certificate of Status can be issued for a company or society that is not in the process of dissolving. For more information, learn how to submit a request to BC Registry Services

Important. A Certificate of Status cannot be issued for an extraprovincial company because BC Registry Services does not know the status of the company in its incorporating jurisdiction. However, a Letter under Seal, certifying that an extraprovincial company is registered in B.C. can be issued by BC Registry Services.

What information is available when searching a corporation?

Corporate searches will return information about an incorporated company including the:

  • Status (active or historical)
  • Recognition date (when the company was incorporated or registered, amalgamated, continued out or into the Province)
  • Last annual report filing date
  • Previous company name(s), if applicable
  • Registered office address
  • Records office address
  • Names of the directors
  • Names of the officers (if provided)

For more information, please see an example of a search result.

Information about shareholders or share certificates does not form part of the incorporation record filed with the registrar. You must contact the registered office of the company to obtain this information.

What are the fees?

The fees to conduct a search or to supply copies vary depending on your request. Below is information on the fees charged by BC Registry Services; other service providers set their own fees and turnaround times.

Your cheque or money order should be made payable to the Minister of Finance. GST is not applicable.

To obtain a search of each corporation or file:

By government personnel$10.00

To obtain copies or an extract of any document or record:

Search fee$10.00

Plus photocopy fee per page$0.50

Total (plus $0.50 for each additional page)$10.50 +

To obtain a certificate of good standing:

Certificate$25.00

Search fee$10.00

Total$35.00

To obtain a certificate of status:

Certificate$25.00

Search fee$10.00

Total$35.00

To obtain a letter under seal:

Basic fee$25.00

Search fee$10.00

Total$35.00

To obtain a certified copy of any document or record:

Basic fee$25.00

Search fee$10.00

Photocopy fee per page$0.50

Total (plus photocopy fee)$35.00 +

Note: Refunds will not be processed for amounts under $10 unless specifically requested by the client