Act 172 of 2014 (effective July 1, 2015)
The Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations maintains the records repository of more than 2.6 million companies that do business in the Commonwealth and serves as the centralized filing office for Uniform Commercial Code financing statements. In order to register a business, you will need to file with the Bureau.
Once you decide to establish a business, your first consideration will be the type of business organization to use. As an entrepreneur you must examine all of the characteristics and consult a knowledgeable legal professional when considering the formation of your business.
Annual Registrations are required to be filed with the Bureau by April 15th of every year for restricted professional Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships. Failure to file the Annual Registration will result in additional fees, penalties and interest up to and including termination of status as a Limited Liability Partnership.
On Monday, October 6, 2014, the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations launched the first release of PENN File, Pennsylvania’s Online Business Document Filing System. Users may submit an online document by clicking on the button “Online Filing” on the left side of this page. Following are some facts users should know about PENN File:
The user ID and password of currently registered users of SOSKB have been converted to work with PENN File. Although the documents are submitted online, post-filing documents will be returned to the user by mail. In a subsequent release, this information will be emailed to the user. There is no online docketing statement form. Instead, the required questions from the docketing statement have been inserted into the various forms. Online filings must be paid for with a major credit card. Once submitted, online document submissions are non-refundable. Filed documents will show on the user’s profile for thirty days before being purged. Users can also save a document and complete it at a future time. These documents will also be retained in the system for 30 days. At this time, documents submitted online cannot be expedited. A resource email account has been created for users to submit questions regarding online filings. The email address is RA-STPENNFILE@pa.gov
. We have also changed the script of our customer service number. Dial 717.787.1057 or 1.888.659.9962 and press 2 for assistance with online filing.
Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Search Notice
Until further notice, for best search results for filings indexed under a specific business or individual name, please use the "Non-Standard RA9" tab, mark the "Starting With" option and change "Lapse Status" to read "All."
Search and order corporate documents. Registration on this site is not required; however, registration and signing in will eliminate the need to enter the "human check" for each search. The security check will only be required for the first search performed.
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