Process Changes Due to COVID-19
Some processes have changed due to our staff teleworking from home. We want to provide evidence to filings and communicate with the filer in a timely and efficient manner. Please provide a cover letter including your email and telephone contact information with your document.
In addition, some customers, even expedited service received in the mail, could experience a delay in processing times.
Cover Letter (Form BE-01)
Your Dream Is Our Dream
We believe in North Carolina's economy, an informed citizenry, and your dream to create a business. The Business Registration Division will help you realize your dreams by providing the information and tools to register your business and stay compliant with the State of North Carolina.
Annual Report Update
All Business Corporation Annual Reports Now to be filed directly with the Secretary of State’s Office on or before the 15th day of the fourth month following the company’s fiscal year end.
Document Turn-Around Times
Turn around time is the time it takes for us to receive, process, and return your document. Currently the turn-around time is 11-15 business days for regular documents.
Annual Report paper submissions are currently processed within 60 business days.
Applications for Administrative Reinstatements are currently being processed within 30 days.
Why the Notice of Grounds?
Did you receive a Notice of Grounds for Administrative Dissolution/Revocation?
Click here to find out why.
What We Do
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.