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OPEN BY APPT. ONLY We know these last few months have been difficult for everyone and we appreciate your patience and understanding around keeping our customers, the public, and employees safe and healthy. We have completed some physical modifications to the lobby and are transitioning to in-person services by appointment only to allow for social distancing in our small public lobby. Due to the small space in the public lobby, only a limited number of appointments will be accepted each business day. The building will remain closed to the public who do not have an appointment.
For customers with an appointment, make sure to complete documents ahead of time and that a check or money order for the exact amount is ready. The Secretary of State’s office cannot provide legal advice related to your filings. Make sure you have consulted any legal resources required in advance. You will receive additional instructions when you make an appointment.
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Frequent Requests Include How to File an Annual Report and How to Reinstate My Business
Reinstatements Follow Administrative Dissolution Update Having up-to-date filings is crucial, as lenders are considering borrower eligibility for federal stimulus programs like the Paycheck Protection Loan Program. If your business needs to file for reinstatement, please view the online video tutorial on reinstating your company.

For companies choosing to use statutory expedited services, please do so online if possible. Expedited requests sent through overnight mail will take one additional day to process due to COVID-19 mail handling procedures. If you want to expedite a reinstatement or requalification, see the link below to Expedited Documents During COVID-19.
Payment Protection Loan Programs (PPP) Qualification Information PPP Qualification Information A Certificate of Existence/Certificate of Good Standing may be required of businesses seeking to participate in PPP. This requirement is outlined in an April 9, 2020 online article in The National Law Review. This article also provides information regarding:
1. Paycheck Protection Loan Program;
2. Paycheck Protection Loan Forgiveness; and
3. Other Implications of Paycheck Protection Loan Program
Please view the article linked above for additional information.
Annual Report Due Date: COVID-19 By law, most Annual Reports and fees are due April 15 for corporations, LLCs, and other business entities. Like many other state agencies, we do not have the statutory authority to extend an Annual Report filing date or associated fees. However, any Annual Reports and fees due on April 15, 2020 will not be considered delinquent until after June 15th. (This applies to corporate and some partnership entities with a fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2019, and all LLCs)We nonetheless encourage you to file online by April 15th if at all possible.

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The duty of the Secretary of State is to ensure uniform compliance with the statutes governing the creation of business entities, record the information required to be kept as a public record, and provide that information to the public. The Business Registration Division acts in an administrative capacity only and cannot give legal advice.

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Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
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