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Business & Charities

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.
 
The Bureau also administers the state's charitable solicitation law. It also maintains registration and financial information on over 11,000 charities soliciting in the Commonwealth, as well as more than 400 professional solicitors and fundraising counsels.
 
SPECIAL NOTICE: In an effort to deliver improved service and to better assist our customers, the Department of State recently deployed an upgraded corporate documents filing system in the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations (BCCO).
 
Regrettably, we are experiencing technical problems which we are working diligently to address. The Department apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. We are committed to ensuring that filers' interactions with BCCO return as quickly as possible to the highest standards of customer service for which the Department is known.