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Processing Times Due to staffing shortages, the Agency continues to work through its business registration mail backlog from the recently ended busy filing season. In some cases, mailed-in documents may take up to 8 weeks to process. We strongly urge annual reports and new business documents be filed online-- they are always processed more quickly. If you have documents that must be sent by mail and need urgent processing-- you may consider paying an expedite fee and marking the envelope "Expedite." We ask for your patience as we work diligently to bring our business registration processing times back to the Agency goal of 3 to 5 days.

Secretary of State Disclaimer

Information presented on this website is collected, maintained, and provided for the convenience of the reader. While every effort is made to keep such information accurate and up-to-date, the Secretary of State does not certify the authenticity of information herein that originates from third parties. The Secretary of State shall under no circumstances be liable for any actions taken or omissions made from reliance on any information contained herein from whatever source or any other consequences from any such reliance.

General Privacy:

This website is hosted by the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State. We are committed to maintaining our visitors’ privacy, and recognize the need for appropriate protection and management of any personal information (name, address, telephone number, etc.) you provide to us. This policy may be updated periodically.

Any information you submit to the Department of the Secretary of State over the Internet, including mailing addresses or email addresses, may be subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act, Chapter 132 of the North Carolina General Statutes. However, account numbers for electronic payments are not subject to disclosure under the Act.

The majority of the Department's web pages are accessible without providing any personal information. We may track the Internet address of the domains from which people visit us, the link from which people link to our site, where they exit from, and how they flow through the site. The Department may analyze this data for trends, site composition and organization, and statistics, but the individual user remains anonymous.


There is a technology called "cookies" which can be used to provide you with tailored information from a website. A cookie is an element of data that a website can send to your browser, which may then store it on your computer. Some of the Department’s web pages may use cookies to assist in your navigation of web based applications. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the opportunity to accept or reject it. If you choose not to accept the cookie, you may not be able to use these web applications, but you will still be able to browse the majority of the Department’s website.

Credit Card Information:

If you submit a request to purchase information, products, and/or services, that the Department offers for sale, all Department credit card transactions are provided using proven secure transaction technologies. Credit card information is sent directly to our credit card processor as we do not store your whole credit card number, expiration date, or CRV code.

Links to Other Web Sites:

The North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State website may contain links to other websites outside of the Department’s. The Department is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these websites.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions or comments about the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State privacy policy, please forward them to Department of the Secretary of State, P.O. Box 29622, Raleigh, NC 27626-0622, or email them to Please enable Javascript to view.

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