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

Updated 6/4/2020

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: Stay-at-home order was replaced on May 16 by the Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger policy which provides guidance for the next phase of economic recovery; 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 now available; expedited service for UCC filings not available and some UCC processing delays may occur; experiencing some additional 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.

California

  • Current Status: State is currently in the early stages of phase 3 of reopening; secretary of state counter service has been reinstated; a drop box, mail and online services are available; expedited services or preclearance for corporate documents are unavailable; filing evidence return delayed; routine services experiencing 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: Safer-at-home phase of reopening state took effect on April 27 where people except for seniors and vulnerable populations are encouraged rather than required to stay home; state is in its second phase of reopening; 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: Shelter-in-place order expired on May 31 and phase 2 of the state's reopening plan is expected to begin on June 15; 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 will be moving into phase twoof reopening on June 5; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; online, fax, email and overnight courier/USPS filing services are available; filing evidence return delayed; expedited services are available with delays in addition to other delays; annual report filing deadline extended to June 30. 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: Shelter-in-place order expired on April 30, but governor extended his emergency powers to June 12 and is telling the elderly and medically fragile to stay at home until then; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; a drop box and online services are available; online, emailed and mailed corporate 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: Stay-at-home order expired on May 29 and phase three of reopening took effect everywhere but in Chicago; secretary of state counter service has been reestablished, allowing for dropoffs and pickups during restricted times; online services are available; experiencing extreme delays, including filing evidence return delays; no penalties for annual reports filed ninety days after the due date. Website
  • UCC Filings: Yes.
  • Charter Documents: Yes, C & P, but it may take 3-5 business days before copies are available. 
  • Corporate Filings: Some can be filed electronically.
  • Good Standings: Yes.
  • UCC Searches with Copies: Yes.

Indiana

  • Current Status: State has entered the third stage of step-by-step reopening and is anticipating the fifth and final stage to commence on July 4; 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; April and May annual reports granted additional flexibility; 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: The first phase of reopening commenced on May 11 and the starting date of the final phase is scheduled for July 1; 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: Shelter-in-place order was lifted on June 1 with modifications and the state is in phase four of reopening; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; online services are available and email when necessary; filing evidence return delayed. 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: Shelter-in-place order expired on May 18 but a number of COVID-related restrictions must still be observed; 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: Phase one of the state’s Show Me Strong Recovery Plan has been extended through June 15; 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: The governor announced a four-phase plan for reopening the state.  Most of the regions of the state commenced a four-phase reopening process in late May but it is expected that New York City will not begin the process until June 8; 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; same day and two hour expedited services are not available for corporate copies of archived documents; delays in 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: On May 19, the Governor announced an urgent health advisory that replaces stay-at-home orders with strong recommendations which encourage residents to stay home as much as possible; on May 29, a new order was issued banning most mass gatherings through July 1; secretary of state counter service is available but is primarily reserved for filings that cannot be processed online and file dates cannot be guaranteed for over the counter submissions; 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: Shelter-in-place order has been extended through June 4 for some counties; while some of the restrictions have been lifted for other counties; secretary of state counter service has been suspended; a drop box and online services are available; expedited services have resumed; guaranteeing file dates and slowly returning some filing evidence; 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; 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 delayed; annual report filing deadline extended to July 15; Texas State Comptroller’s main and field offices are closed to the public; employees are working from home; expect 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.

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.