Secretary of State Status Information: Availability of Corporate/UCC Services During COVID-19

Updated 7/31/2020

Notes:

  • The service companies used by the firm have accounts with all U.S. states and are able to access all online services available in any given state as long as the applicable states have functional websites. 
  • “Corporate Services” covers good standing certificates, certified charter documents and corporate filings.
  • “UCC Services” covers UCC filings and UCC searches.

Key:

  • C = Certified Copies
  • P = Plain; Non-Certified Copies

Arizona

  • Current Status:The state's governor has issued several executive orders slowing down or modifying the state's reopening plans due to a recent surge in new COVID-19 cases; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; a drop box is available but encouraging online and fax services; filing evidence return delayed; two hour, same day and next day expedited service and filing options are available; expedited service for UCC filings not available and some UCC processing delays may occur. Website
  • UCC Filings: Yes, but electronically submitted UCCs cannot have an attachment. 
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P with delays.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

California

  • Current Status: State commenced phase three of reopening on June 12 but due to a recent surge in new COVID-19 cases, some of the reopening plans have been rolled back, slowed down, or modified; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; a drop box, mail and online services as well as 24-hour expedite and preclearance services for business filings are available; 72-hour window to correct any document and maintain file date has been reinstated; filing evidence return delayed; routine services experiencing extreme delays in turnaround times. Website
  • UCC Filings: Yes.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P with delays.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Colorado

  • Current Status: State's counties are moving toward the "Protect our Neighbors" phase of reopening which they can only enter if they meet certain criteria; this phase is expected to be in place until there is a coronavirus vaccine or cure; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; a drop box and online services are available; mail is also available when needed; experiencing some delays, including filing evidence return delays. Website and Newsroom­
  • UCC Filings: Yes, but does not accept mailed-in UCCs.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Delaware

  • Current Status: State commenced phase two of reopening on June 15, then moved to an expanded rolling phase two reopening and has announced that there will be a delay in progressing to phase three; all secretary of state services typically offered to online registered agents remain in place; expedited services and turnaround times are status quo; file dates are secure. Website
  • UCC Filings: Yes.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Florida

  • Current Status: State commenced phase two of reopening on June 5 but due to a recent surge in new Covid-19 cases, some of the reopening plans have been slowed down or modified; secretary of state’s office will be closed until further notice due to positive COVID-19 cases and only online requests will be processed during that time; all online services remain available; filing evidence return delayed; expedited services are available with delays in addition to other delays. Website and UCC Website
  • UCC Filings: Yes, but electronically submitted UCCs cannot have an attachment.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P with delays.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Georgia

  • Current Status: The state's governor has issued two executive orders extending the public health state of emergency and existing COVID-19 safety measures until August 11; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; online services are available; online, emailed and mailed filings will be accepted; some delays in processing mailed requests; filing evidence return delayed. Website and Notice
  • UCC Filings: Yes, but some counties do not accept mailed-in UCCs.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Illinois

  • Current Status: State is currently in phase four of reopening and will remain in said phase until a coronavirus vaccine is available; secretary of state counter service has been reinstated and office is fully back to “business as usual”; online services are also available; experiencing some delays, including extreme delays for routine evidence return; no penalties for annual reports filed ninety days after the due date. Website
  • UCC Filings: Yes.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P, with delays. 
  • Corporate Filings: Some can be filed electronically.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Indiana

  • Current Status: State commence staged 4.5 of reopening on July 4 which is projected to last until at least Aug. 27; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; online, email and mail services are available; reduced requirements to reinstate during duration of state of emergency; entities will remain in active status and will not be revoked or administratively dissolved until further notice; experiencing some delays, including filing evidence return delays.
  • UCC Filings: Yes, but electronically submitted UCCs cannot have an attachment.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P with delays.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Kentucky

  • Current Status: State is currently in phase 3 of reopening and due to a recent surge in new COVID-19 cases, some of the reopening plans have been slowed down or modified; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; online, mail and email services are available; filing evidence return delayed and file-stamped acknowledgments returned via email; business filings have a five-day statutory deadline; experiencing some other delays. Website
  • UCC Filings: Yes, but electronically submitted UCCs cannot have an attachment.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P with delays.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Michigan

  • Current Status: Most regions of the state are currently in phase four of reopening while the Upper Peninsula and parts of the northern Lower Peninsula regions are in phase five; the state's state of emergency has been extended until Aug. 11; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; online services are available and email when necessary; filing evidence return delayed; late filing penalties will be assessed for annual reports received after Aug. 11, 2020. Website 
  • UCC Filings: Yes, but electronically submitted UCCs cannot have an attachment.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P with delays.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Minnesota

  • Current Status: State commenced phase three of reopening on June 10; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; a drop box is available; online services are available; expedited services are available with delays; filing evidence return delayed. Website
  • UCC Filings: Yes.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P with delays.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Missouri

  • Current Status: State fully reopened and entered phase two of its reopening plan on June 16; secretary of state counter service has been reinstated; online, email and mail/USPS filing services are available; experiencing some delays, including filing evidence return delays. Website 
  • UCC Filings: Yes, but electronically submitted UCCs cannot have an attachment. 
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P with delays.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

New York

  • Current Status: All of the state’s regions are currently in phase four of reopening; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; online services are available; online, email and fax submissions will be unchanged; two hour and same-day requests must be submitted via email; severe delays in routine and expedited services, return of filing evidence and processing of UCCs. Website
  • UCC Filings: Yes, but electronically submitted UCCs cannot have an attachment.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P with delays.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

North Dakota

  • Current Status: Remains open and the usual services are available.
  • UCC Filings: Yes, but does not accept mailed-in UCCs.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Ohio

  • Current Status: Due to a recent surge in new COVID-19 cases, residents are encouraged to limit travel, practice social distancing and wear masks; state officials released a color-coded coronavirus map that describes the outbreak’s severity in each county and whether mask-wearing is required; secretary of state counter service has been reinstated; online and mail services are also available; experiencing some delays, including filing evidence return delays. Website
  • UCC Filings: Yes, but does not accept mailed-in UCCs.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P with delays.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Pennsylvania

  • Current Status: All of the state's counties are now in the green phase of reopening but due to a recent surge in new COVID-19 cases, some of the reopening plans have been slowed down or modified; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; a drop box and online services are available; now offering a limited number of corporate expedited services per day; allowing a 60-day window to resubmit a rejected business entity filing; experiencing some delays. Website 
  • UCC Filings: Yes, but electronically submitted UCCs cannot have an attachment.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Texas

  • Current Status: State commenced phase three of reopening on June 3 but due to a recent surge in new COVID-19 cases, some of the reopening plans have been slowed down or modified; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; a drop box, online and e-mail services are available; new app available to upload any filing and keep the drafter's original formatting and allowing filings to be done electronically without requiring the use of standard forms; filing evidence return, corporate document retrieval and corporate and UCC filings are delayed. Website 
  • UCC Filings: Yes.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Wisconsin

  • Current Status: On May 13, Wisconsin's Supreme Court overturned the existing stay-at-home order and all statewide restrictions have been lifted but some local jurisdictions have chosen to continue their own restrictions; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; online services and mail requests are available; may experience some delays, including filing evidence return delays. Website 
  • UCC Filings: Yes, but electronically submitted UCCs cannot have an attachment. 
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P with delays.
  • Corporate Filings: Yes, with delays.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.