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USE ONLINE SERVICES Most of the services with the Secretary of State are available to complete online. We are open by appointment only, but we do have a limited number because of the small lobby space. Open appointments maybe 30 days out. If you can complete your services online or by mail, we encourage you to do so. To complete your services online, click on the Online Service menu above. If you cannot complete your services online, you can make an appointment below.
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Reinstatements Following Administrative Dissolution Update Having up-to-date filings is crucial, as lenders are considering borrower eligibility for federal stimulus programs like the Paycheck Protection Loan Program. If your business needs to file for reinstatement, please view the online video tutorial on reinstating your company.

For companies choosing to use statutory expedited services, please do so online if possible. Expedited requests sent through overnight mail will take one additional day to process due to COVID-19 mail handling procedures. If you want to expedite a reinstatement or requalification, see the link below to Expedited Documents During COVID-19.
Payment Protection Loan Programs (PPP) Qualification Information PPP Qualification Information A Certificate of Existence/Certificate of Good Standing may be required of businesses seeking to participate in PPP. This requirement is outlined in an April 9, 2020 online article in The National Law Review. This article also provides information regarding:
1. Paycheck Protection Loan Program;
2. Paycheck Protection Loan Forgiveness; and
3. Other Implications of Paycheck Protection Loan Program
Please view the article linked above for additional information.

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The duty of the Secretary of State is to ensure uniform compliance with the statutes governing the creation of business entities, record the information required to be kept as a public record, and provide that information to the public. The Business Registration Division acts in an administrative capacity only and cannot give legal advice.

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PO Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
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