E-filing Your Corporation’s Tax Returns? Remember, Annual Reports Must Be Filed at the Secretary of State’s Office:
The Department of Revenue (DOR) has a new e-file capability for business corporation tax returns. However, DOR’s system DOES NOT permit or accommodate the e-filing of annual reports. Therefore, it is CRITICAL that you e-file your annual report directly with the Secretary of State, which you may do by going here:


The process is simple, easy, and costs less than filing it in paper form ($20 for e-filing with the SOS instead of $25 for mailing a paper annual report to DOR).

If you have any questions about filing an annual report online, please see the instructions for online annual report filing which may be found at the link above.

Thank you for helping the Secretary of State’s Office keep your business records accurate and up-to-date.

Document turn-around times are 3-5 Business Days, excluding annual report filings.   

Mailing Address:
PO Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
Physical Address:
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2903
Telephone: 919-807-2225
Fax: 919-807-2039

The Corporations Division is responsible for the examination, custody and maintenance of the legal documents filed by more than 400,000 corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. The duty of the Secretary of State is to ensure uniform compliance with the statutes governing the creation of these entities, record the information required to be kept as a public record, and provide that information to the public. The Corporations Division acts in an administrative capacity only and cannot give legal advice.



Other Fee Information:
  • The Secretary of State collects one dollar ($1.00) a page for copying or comparing a copy to the original; and fifteen dollars ($15.00) for the certificate. There will also be a charge of ten dollars ($10.00) for an electronic certificate. Please make your check payable to N.C. Secretary of State.
  • Acceptable forms of payment include: Certified Checks, Money Orders, and Business or personal checks with address and telephone number made payable to the North Carolina Secretary of State. Starter or Counter checks are not acceptable forms of payment.
  • As of April 1, 2011 the $2.00 Electronic Fee is not refundable.