Due to unprecedented demand for online filings of Annual Reports, some customers may be experiencing difficulty submitting through our Web site. Online Annual Report submissions will still be considered timely if online filing is completed by Friday, April 23rd. Customers can also attempt filing during non-peak hours. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.
Annual Reports Due:
Annual Reports and fees are due April 15 for LLCs, most corporations, and other business entities. We encourage you to file online by April 15th because it is important to have up-to-date filings. However, Annual Reports and fees due on April 15, 2021 will not be considered delinquent if filed by June 15th. To Save Time, File Online! Need Help? Tutorial Videos
Credit Card Fees:
Effective March 1, 2021, the E-Commerce fee to conduct online, credit card transactions will increase from $2.00 to $3.00. The credit card fee has been unchanged for over ten years. This change is necessary to address the increases in credit card bank transaction costs. ACH transaction fees will remain unchanged at $2.00. E-Commerce fees are used to cover transaction costs and maintain E-Government services, including the security of online transactions.
NO NEW IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS EXCEPT AUTHENTICATIONS:
Due to COVID in Wake County and North Carolina, as of 12/11/2020, the Secretary of State’s Office is not accepting any new in-person appointments EXCEPT FOR APOSTILLES and OTHER AUTHENTICATIONS which require original documents.
Most filings and transactions can be completed online or by mail, and we encourage you to use these methods at this time. In many cases, transactions can be completed online or by mail more expeditiously than when an appointment becomes available. Our call center can also be helpful at 919-814-5400.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to consider the health and safety of our customers, staff, and the general public.
Businesss Registration Authentications
Don’t Fall for Impostors posing as the NC Department of the Secretary of State. The NC Secretary of State’s Office has received a report of individuals misrepresenting themselves as the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State to lure loan-seekers to pay an up-front fee. Neither the Secretary of State’s Office nor any other agency will require individuals to pay taxes on a loan before the loan money can be released. Please report anyone making such offers to the NC Attorney General’s Office (https://www.ncdoj.gov/consumer.aspx) at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.