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North Carolina Bar

The North Carolina State Bar is the state agency responsible for regulating the practice of law in North Carolina.


Phillip Blaine McWilliams
Professional Organization Coordinator
Membership Department
North Carolina State Bar
P.O. Box 26088
Raleigh, NC 27611

Procedures, Laws and Guidelines

Below is a summary of the procedures, laws and guidelines to obtain a professional business entity license through the NC State Bar.


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Procedure to Create a Professional Business Entity

  • Download and complete the appropriate business entity creation document from the Forms link on the Business Registration Division website.
  • Download and complete the Application for Certification of Registration (form PA/PC-1 or PLLC-1) from the Resources and Forms link on the NC State Bar website. Please note, the application must be notarized.
  • Submit the application, 2 originals and 1 copy of the Articles of Incorporation/Organization and payment in the amount of $50.00 made payable to N.C. State Bar to: N.C. State Bar, Attn: Adam Maner, PO Box 26088, Raleigh, NC 27611. Documents are not forwarded to the NC Secretary of State's Office.
  • The NC State Bar will examine both documents and if sufficient, will provide a certification letter.
  • Submit the creation document along with the Board's certification letter to the Business Registration Division of the Secretary of State's Office for filing with either $125 for a domestic entity (North Carolina) or $250 for a foreign entity receiving a Certificate of Authority.
  • Return a filed copy of the Articles of Incorporation/Organization or Certificate of Authority to the NC State Bar. The Board will then issue the license.
  • If you have any questions, please call Adam Maner at 919-828-4620, ext. 256.

North Carolina Statutes - Secretary of State

North Carolina Statutes - NC State Bar

North Carolina Administrative Code

Secretary of State

  • 18 NCAC 04 .0318 - Authorization of Foreign Professional Corporations
  • 18 NCAC 04 .0502 - Words Prohibited in Aliition to Statutory Prohibitions
  • 18 NCAC 04 .0503 - Deceptively Similar and Distinguishable Names
  • 18 NCAC 04 .0504 - Filing Fictitious or Assumed Name for Foreign Entity

NC State Bar

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