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PENNSYLVANIA SECRETARY OF STATE:  CORPORATIONS AND LLC'S

Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations 
     The bureau maintains the records repository of more than 2.6 million companies that do business in the Commonwealth and serves as the centralized filing office for Uniform Commercial Code financing statements. In order to register a business, you will need to file with the Bureau. 
     The bureau also administers the state's charitable solicitation law. It also maintains registration and financial information on over 11,000 charities soliciting in the Commonwealth, as well as more than 400 professional solicitors and fundraising counsels.
 
     Once you decide to establish a business, your first consideration will be the type ofbusiness organization to use.  As an entrepreneur you must examine all of the characteristics and consult a knowledgeable legal professional when considering the formation of your business. 
 
     Annual Registrations are required to be filed with the Bureau by April 15th of every year for restricted professional Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships. Failure to file the Annual Registration will result in additional fees, penalties and interest up to and including termination of status as a Limited Liability Partnership.
 
 
Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Search Notice 
Until further notice, for best search results for filings indexed under a specific business or individual name, please use the "Non-Standard RA9" tab, mark the "Starting With" option and change "Lapse Status" to read "All."


 
 

Search and order corporate documents. Registration on this site is not required; however, registration and signing in will eliminate the need to enter the "human check" for each search.  The security check will only be required for the first search performed.

Search for a UCC Filing

2011 Decennial Report Entity Search

The doors of the North Office building are locked after 3PM.  Customers may access the building through the main Capitol. 

 

A Guide To Business Registration In Pennsylvania

 

Corporations Quick Find Menu Page

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To access the Corporations home page: 
Corporation's home 

 
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To search a business name that is registered with the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations or check for name availability: 
Corporation Name Search 

 
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To register a new business on-line: 
PA Open 4 Business 

 
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To search UCC finance statements filed with the Bureau by Debtor name or Financing Statement number: 
UCC Name Search 

 
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For access to Corporate forms: 
Corporation Forms 
General Information

Under Pennsylvania law, every proceeding for the organization of corporations, both for-profit and nonprofit, and every ancillary transaction relating to such corporations is required to be filed with the department's Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations. Other businesses registering with the bureau include: professional corporations, municipal authorities, limited partnerships, foreign corporations qualifying to do business in the Commonwealth and individuals and corporations conducting business under an assumed or fictitious name.

The executive staff of the Department of State and the employees of the bureau are committed to providing expeditious, courteous and professional service to the business community and general public, in all phases of filing and dissemination of the important records entrusted in its care.

The bureau is the repository for the records of more than 2,400,000 companies authorized to do business in Pennsylvania. All records maintained in this office are public and may be inspected upon request.

Dissemination of the information contained on bureau records is a major function of bureau activity. Over 25,000 telephone inquiries are answered each month; approximately 260,000 photocopies are provided to the public annually; sales of new business lists, forms CDís, and master date and image subscription services are all part of the services the bureau offers to the public..

As the official record keeper of business documents, the bureau can provide certain information on all registered businesses. The bureau typically receives in excess of 6,000 telephone calls per week, most of which are from persons either requesting information on companies or checking on the availability of entity names. The bureau does not assess a fee for telephone information. Information may also be acquired in person, by mail or by fax.

The new information-based, technology economy has businesses rethinking traditional practices because of e-commerce, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is doing the same!

Our goal is to make Pennsylvania the easiest place in the nation to start a business. Through the PA Open for Business Web site, we are doing just that - giving entrepreneurs a one-stop shop to start, sustain and expand their businesses.

This "friction free" approach to government is geared toward the elimination of bureaucratic red tape. In Pennsylvania, cutting red tape begins at www.paopenforbusiness.state.pa.us   This site gives access to forms and information 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, crucial to speeding entry into the market place and encouraging companies to grow. We are using the power of Internet technology to shift the focus where it belongs - on the customer.

"Doing Business in PA is just a click away."


HOURS

The Bureau is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The public records room hours of operation are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Documents may be submitted by delivering them directly to the reception area, by mail, or by fascimile. The bureau maintains two addresses as follows:

Department of State 
Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations 
P.O. Box 8722 
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722 
 
Department of State 
Uniform Commercial Code Section 
P.O. Box 8721 
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8721

 
Courier or personal delivery address for Corporate and UCC Documents: 
 
Department of State 
Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations 
401 North Street
Room 206 
Harrisburg, PA 17120 
 

You may reach the bureau by telephone by calling (717) 787-1057 or by facsimilie at (717) 783-2244. The telephone lines are available from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm.

Forms
 
The Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations has available a wide range of forms to assist individuals and business entities in filing information with the Bureau. The forms may be used to file new entities or to request changes in existing entities. These forms are now available for you to download (below) and are available in 'Adobe's Acrobat PDF' format.  The PDF format requires the use of 'Adobe's Acrobat Reader'.  The forms are also available in person in the reception room or by telephoning our customer service representatives at 717-787-1057. Forms are also available through various stationery stores or from form supplier stores.

The Bureau offers a CD-Rom containing all corporate forms. The CD is prepared in Microsoft Word 2000 for Windows. Please mail the completedorder form and $52 fee to the Bureau. The CD will be processed and mailed within five working days. 

These forms are now available for you to download and are available in 'Adobe's Acrobat PDF' format. The PDF format requires the use of 'Adobe's Acrobat Reader'.

Division
Form Name
Fictitious Names  
  Registration of Fictitious Name
  Amendment of Fictitious Name Registration
Association Names  
  Registration of Unincorporated Association Name
  Termination of Registration of Association Name
Domestic Business Corporations  
  Articles of Incorporation
  Summary of Record
  Statement of Revival
  Change of Registered Office
  Statement with Respect to Shares
  Statement of Termination
  Articles of Amendment
  Articles of Merger
  Articles of Exchange
  Articles of Division
  Articles of Conversion - Business Corporation to Nonprofit
  Articles of Dissolution by Shareholders
  Articles of Dissolution
  Articles of Involuntary Dissolution
  Articles of Amendment - Election of Nonstock Status/Statutory Close Status
  Statutory Close Corporation - Breach of Qualifying Condition/Cure of Breach
  Amendment-Election of Management/Professional Corporation Status
  Election of Professional Corporation Status
Domestic Nonprofit Corporation  
  Annual Report
  Articles of Incorporation
  Change of Registered Office
  Statement of Revival
  Statement of Termination
  Articles of Amendment
  Articles of Merger
  Articles of Division
  Conversion - Domestic Nonprofit to Business Corporation
  Articles of Dissolution by Members
  Articles of Dissolution
  Articles of Involuntary Dissolution
Foreign Corporation - Business and Nonprofit  
  Application for Certificate of Authority 
  Amended Certificate of Authority
  Statement of Merger, Consolidation or Division
  Application for Termination of Authority
  Change of Address by Withdrawn Corporations
  Application for Registration of Name - Nonqualified
  Articles of Domestication
Cooperative Corporations  
  Articles of Incorporation - Nonprofit Cooperative
  Articles of Amendment - Election/Termination of Cooperative Corporation Statue
Domestic Limited Partnership  
  Certificate of Limited Partnership
  Certificate of Amendment
  Certificate of Cancellation
  Certificate Pursuant to Judicial Order
  Summary of Record
  Withdrawal by Limited/General Partner
  Certificate of Termination
  Certificate of Merger
  Certificate of Division
  Statement of Election/Amendment/Termination - Electing Partnership
Domestic Limited Liability Partnership/Limited Liability Company  
  Registration - Domestic Registered Limited Liability Partnership
  Amendment/Termination - Domestic Registered Limited Liability Partnership
  Withdrawal from Registered Limited Liability Partnership
  Annual Registration - Registered Limited Liability Partnership/Company
  Change of Registered Office
  Organization - Domestic Limited Liability Company
  Amendment - Domestic Limited Liability Company
  Termination - Limited Liability Company (Merger or Consolidation)
  Termination - Limited Liability Company (Division)
  Merger or Consolidation - Limited Liability Company
  Division - Limited Liability Company
  Election by Professional Association of Limited Liability Status
  Dissolution - Domestic Limited Liability Company
Foreign Limited Partnership/Limited Liability  
  Registration - Foreign Registered Limited Liability Partnership/Limited Partnership/Limited Liability Company
  Annual Registration - Foreign Registered Limited Liability Partnership
  Amendment of Registration
  Cancellation of Registration
  Domestication - Foreign Limited Partnership/Limited Liability Company
  Annual Registration - Limited Liability Company
Trademarks, Insignias, Marks used with Articles or Supplies  
  Registration of Mark
  Renewal/Assignment of Registration of Mark
  Registration/Amendment of Insignia
  Decennial Report - Insignia or Mark Used with Articles or Supplies
  Registration/Amendment of Mark used with Articles or Supplies
Docketing Statements  
  New Entity Docketing Statement
  Docketing Statement - Changes
Miscellaneous Forms  
  Electronic Filing Signature Page
  Consent to Appropriation of Name
  Decennial Report of Association Continued Existence
  Statement of Change of Registered Office by Agent
  Statement of Correction
  Statement of Domestication/Contingent Domestication - Other
  Contingent Domestication - Foreign
  Consummation of Domestication
  Termination of Domestication/Renewal of Contingent or Temporary Domestication Status
  Credit Services Organization Bond
  Petition For Refund
Uniform Commercial Code Forms  
  UCC Financing Statement
  UCC Financing Statement Addendum
  UCC Financing Statement Additional Party
  UCC Financing Statement Change
  UCC Financing Statement Change Addendum
  UCC Financing Statement Change Additional Party
  Information Request
  Statement of Claim

Fees & Payment

The following are guidelines when paying for corporate and UCC services rendered by the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations:

  • Customers may pay by check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Cash or credit cards are not accepted.
  • Checks may not be more than six months old.
  • Checks must be commercially pre-printed with the name and address of the account holder.  
  • Please make sure that checks are signed.

Fee Schedule

Domestic Corporation/Association (Profit and Non-Profit)

Articles of Incorporation or like instrument incorporating a corporation or association $125
Articles of Conversion $70
Each ancillary transaction $70
Articles of Merger, Consolidation or Division $150
Additional fee for each association that is a party to a merger or consolidation $40
Additional fee for each association resulting from a division $125
Annual Report - Benefit corporation $70
Annual Report - Non-profit corporation no fee


Foreign Corporation (Profit and Non-Profit)

 

Certificates of Authority or like qualifications to do business $250
Amended Certificate of Authority or like change in qualification to do business $250
Domestication $125
Each ancillary transaction $70
Statement of Merger or Consolidation $150
Additional fee for each association that is a party to a merger or consolidation $40
 


Fictitious Name

 

Registration $70
Each ancillary transaction $70
 


Trademark

 

Registration $50
Renewal/Cancellation $50
Assignment $50
 


Insignia, Marked Articles and Like Matters

 

Registration $50
Amendment $50
 


Domestic Limited Partnership

 

Registration $125
Each ancillary transaction $70
Certificate of Merger, Consolidation or Division $150
Additional fee for each association that is a party to a merger or consolidation $40
Additional fee for each new association resulting from a division $125
 


Foreign Limited Partnership

 

Registration $250
Amended registration $250
Domestication $125
Each ancillary transaction $70
 


Domestic Limited Liability Partnership

 

Registration $125
Each ancillary transaction $70
Annual registration at least $310
 


Domestic Limited Liability Company

 

Certificate of Organization $125
Each ancillary transaction $70
Certificate of Merger, Consolidation or Division $150
Additional fee for each association that is a party to a merger or consolidation $40
Additional fee for each new association resulting from a division $125
Annual Registration (restricted professional companies only) at least $460
 


Foreign Limited Liability Partnership/Limited Liability Company

 

Registration $250
Amended Registration $250
Domestication of Foreign Limited Liability Company $125
Each ancillary transaction $70
Annual Registration (Partnership) at least $250
Annual Registration (Company) at least $380
 


Municipal and other Authorities

 

Articles of Incorporation $125
Articles of Merger $150
Each ancillary transaction (includes Articles of dissolution) $70
 


Miscellaneous Association filings

 

Surety Bonds $70
Home Rule Charter/Optional Plan $70
Land Bank formation $125
Land Bank ancillary filing $70
 


Certification Fees

 

Record searches listing the entity number, name, address, and file date (these may also indicate a no record) $15
Subsistence certificates evidencing status $40
Plain copies $15 plus $3 per page
Certified copies $55 plus $3 per page
Engrossed certificates bearing the Secretary's seal (non-existence certificates and great seals) $70
Printouts of the computer screen are available in the reception room $3 per page
All microfilm records are available for public inspection and copying in the bureau reception room $3 per page
 


Uniform Commercial Code

 

Financing Statement $84
Financing Statement Amendment $84
Correction Statement $84
Attached pages to UCC-1 or UCC-3 filings NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE
UCC-11 Information Request $12
UCC-11 Copy Request $12 + $3 per page of copies; and $28 if certification is requested
 


Other Fees

 

Change of Registered Office $70
Change of Registered Office by Agent $5
Duplicate certificates are available $70
Name Reservation/Registration $70
Name Availability (3 names) $15
Expedited $70 per transaction
FAX $3 per page (outgoing fax)
Business List $ .25 per name
Service of Process, Each Defendant Named or Served $70
 

 

 

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