What does the State of Maryland Certificate of Status document look like?

Most of our non-profit applicants are based in Maryland. The Internet Certificate document looks like the image below and can be printed from your computer. This is acceptable proof of your organization’s “Good Standing” with the State of Maryland. For this application, please submit the document as illustrated in our pictorial example.

pictorial example.

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1. Can my organization apply if we've submitted IRS Form 1023 under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for consideration, and have not received our IRS Tax Determination Letter?
2. What does it mean to be in “Good Standing?”
3. Where can I obtain proof of my “Good Standing” documentation for my jurisdiction?
4. My non-profit is based in the District of Columbia. However, we also provide services in Prince George’s County. Which entity should I contact to obtain proof of my “Good Standing?”
5. I have a copy of a Certificate of Status; however, it is from a year ago. Is this acceptable?
6. Is my proof of Charitable Registration indicating that my organization is in good standing with the Office of the Secretary of State the same as "Good Standing?"
7. What does the State of Maryland Certificate of Status document look like?