Due to Legislative Act #328 (signed into law by the governor May 30, 2014 with an effective date of January 1, 2015), and the resulting changes that must be made to our online processing system, online filings for original and amended domestic articles of incorporation (for profit businesses) will not be available from 5:30 PM Wednesday, December 31, 2014 until 8:00 AM Monday, January 5th, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. These filings can be made via fax, email or mail using the paper form.

Important message from Secretary of State Tom Schedler concerning annual reports
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Start a Business

An important step in forming a new business is to determine the type of business structure that you will use. There are several business structures to choose from, including sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company and limited liability partnership. Each has advantages and disadvantages as well as tax consequences of which you should be aware. You must decide which of these structures best suits your business objectives and needs. The Secretary of State cannot advise you on choosing a business structure. For help in making this decision, you may wish to consult a tax practitioner, accountant or attorney.

The Commercial Division administers the state corporation, partnership, trademark and public opinion poll laws under the following statutes:

For more information, See Frequently Asked Questions.