Certified Copies and Certificates now available Online
Copies of documents on file in the Secretary of State's office may be obtained by written request, mailed to P. O. Box 94125, Baton Rouge, La. 70804, faxed to 225.932-5313 or online through our Commercial Database.
Fax requests are accepted when a credit card number is supplied. Requests submitted by mail must be accompanied by a check or money order made payable to the Secretary of State.
Documents may be certified by the Secretary of State as a true and correct copy of the records of his office. The fee for a copy of an individual document is $15. The fee for more than one document filed by the same entity, or the complete file for the entity, is $25.
The office of the Secretary of State also prepares certificates which reflect information filed of record with the office. Following is a list of the commonly requested certificates.
- Good Standing - corporations and limited liability companies are available
- Existence - corporations, partnerships, trade names and limited liability companies
- Registry - Partnerships
- No Record - corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies
In addition, certificates issued with filings after July 15, 2005, such as certificates of incorporation, certificates of merger, trade name registration certificates, etc., may be reissued by the Secretary of State as a 'duplicate' certificate. The fee for a certificate is $20.
Information regarding entity name, status, date of incorporation, organization or registration, current registered office address, registered agent name and address as well as the names and addresses of current officer(s), director(s), member(s) and manager(s) may be printed from the Corporations Database.
The office of the Secretary of State offers computer searches upon request. Searches by an individual's name, as well as 'specialized' searches are offered. Examples of specialized searches are: a list of all the Louisiana non-profit corporations domiciled in East Baton Rouge Parish; a list of all foreign limited liability companies qualified to do business in Louisiana and a list of all entities with the word 'environmental' in the name.
The minimum fee for a query is $25.00. The total price is determined by the number of printed pages generated by the search.
Requests for name reservations, certified copies, certificates, and information letters may be made by fax. Requests should include a credit card number, with the expiration date, a return address and a contact person's name and telephone number.
The Secretary of State's office offers an outgoing fax service by customer request. Copies of documents on file will be faxed for the customary cost of the service plus a fax fee of $1 per page. (Maximum fax fee is $10.)
Walk-in Customer Service
The Commercial Division offers customers the convenience of walk-in service. Documents may be processed while the customer waits for a $50 priority expedite fee or processed in 24 hours for a $30 expedite fee. All expedite fees are in addition to the required filing fee. The forms furnished by the Secretary of State, and the publications which are compiled by the Secretary of State are available. Documents may be delivered for processing on a non-expedited basis. The customer may leave a mailing address or a telephone number for notification when processing is complete.
The office is at 8585 Archives Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 and is located in the building behind the Louisiana State Archives. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Please try to arrive by 4:00 p.m. to give the employees enough time to complete the filing.
Requests received after regular office hours will be processed on the next business day.