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Certificates of Good Standing

Obtain a Certificate of Good Standing
You may purchase and immediately print a Certificate of Good Standing for a corporation or LLC after satisfying all requirements of the relevant Illinois statutes. Payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.

For corporations only, you also may purchase a Certificate of Good Standing by calling 217-782-6875. Payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. You also may submit your request in writing along with a $25 fee payable by check to Illinois Secretary of State to: Secretary of State Corporations Division, 501 S. Second St., 3rd Fl., Springfield, IL 62756.

Corporations

Incorporate an Illinois Corporation and Not for Profit Corporations
To organize an Illinois Corporation, complete and submit a BCA 2.10, Articles of Incorporation. To organize an Illinois Not for Profit, complete and submit NFP 102.10. Sole proprietorships are filed only at the county level. Check with your County Recorder's office to determine filing requirements. For more information on Corporations and Not for Profits please contact: Corporation Division, 501 S. Second St., 351 Howlett Building, Springfield, IL 62756, 217-524-8008.

Transact Business in Illinois
A foreign corporation must complete BCA 13.15, Application for Authority to Transact Business in Illinois. A foreign Not for Profit corporation files NFP 113.15, Application for Authority to Conduct Affairs in Illinois. Forms must be submitted in duplicate and accompanied by a current certified copy of the Articles of Incorporation and any amendments, or Articles of Organization as amended, from the state in which the company is currently organized.

Obtain a Corporation Annual Report or Articles of Incorporation
To purchase a copy of your Articles of Incorporation and/or other documents on file with our office, please see our copy request page for more information.

Check the Status of a Corporation
Visit the Corporate/LLC Information Search page and enter the exact name or a file number.

Reinstate a Corporation
To reinstate a corporation, you must file BCA 12.45, Application for Reinstatement, in duplicate with the Secretary of State's office. You also must file Annual Reports for the years that were not filed. For more information, please call 217-785-5782.

Publications and Forms

Locate Business Publications and Forms
Visit the Publications and Forms section.

LLC, LP, LLP

Organize an Illinois Limited Liability Company
To organize an Illinois Limited Liability Company, complete and submit LLC-5.5, Articles of Organization. Sole proprietorships are filed only at the county level. Check with your County Recorder's office to determine filing requirements. For more information on limited liability companies (LLCs), please contact: Liability Limitations Division, 501 S. Second St., 351 Howlett Building, Springfield, IL 62756, 217-524-8008.

Transact Business in Illinois
A foreign limited liability company must complete LLC 45.5, Application for Admission to Transact Business. Forms must be submitted in duplicate and accompanied by a certificate of good standing from the state where the company is organized.

UCC

Prepare UCC Forms

UCC Filing Fees

Mail to:
Illinois Secretary of State
UCC Division
501 S. Second St., Rm. 350 W
Springfield, IL 62756

In Lieu of UCC Financing Statements

Obtain UCC Forms for County Recorders

For more information, please call the UCC Division at 217-782-7518.