Step 2: Get Validated

How to get your organization validated

In order to begin sending merits to individuals, organizations must be validated by Merit, which requires certain criteria to be met. Below is an overview of business entity types and acceptable documentation.

  1. Sole Proprietorship (unincorporated business with one owner, or jointly owned by a married couple):
    1. Local Business Permits/ Documents 
    2. DBA Document
  2. General Partnership (unincorporated business with two or more owners):
    1. Local Business Permits/ Documents
    2. DBA Document 
    3. Partnership Agreement
  3. Limited Partnership (registered business composed of active general partners and passive limited partners):
    1. State-issued business license
  4. Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) (registered business with limited liability for all partners):
    1. LLP State-issued business registration
  5. Limited Liability Company (LLC) (registered business with limited liability for all members):
    1. LLC State issued business registration
  6. C-Corporation (incorporated business composed of shareholders, directors, and officers):
    1. Employee Identification Number (EIN)
    2. Stock Ownership Documents
    3. Share Certificates issued by the Corporation
    4. Additional documents including:
      1. Liquor license applications
      2. Financial contributions
      3. Contract agreements may also be used for smaller businesses without share certificates
  7. S-Corporation (incorporated business that is taxed as a pass-through entity):
    1. Articles of Incorporation 
  8. Non-Profit (corporation formed primarily to benefit the public interest rather than earn a profit):
    1. 501 (c)(3) registration: 
  9. CERTS (Community Emergency Response Teams):
    1. Program Managers, Chiefs, etc. can register at
  10. Other (organizations such as professional corporations, B-corporations, estates, municipalities, and cooperatives):
    1. Merit will use its judgment in approving all organizations based on legal documentation.

                                                          Examples of Special Licensing/Permits 

                                                          Please note that this is meant to be a guide to the types of acceptable documentation, and Merit reserves the right to request additional materials.

                                                          Please reach out to with any questions about validation materials.