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Please be advised that the Capitol Complex, including the North Office Building and Keystone Building, and state offices at One Penn Center in Harrisburg will be closed to public visitors until further notice. We are unable to accept walk-in customers in our offices, but paperwork addressed to the Department of State can be left in a drop-box outside the Keystone Building at 400 North Street.

Please visit COVID-19 Information, Guidance, and Contact Information relating to the Department of State for more details.

NOTICE: Department of State Prothontary Office Closed to Public
NOTICE: In-Person Requirement Suspended for Court Reporters
NOTICE: Limited Suspension of In-person Regulatory Requirements for Notaries for Real Estate Transactions
NOTICE: Pennsylvania Extends Renewal Dates for Charitable Organizations During Coronavirus Emergency


Business

Scam Alert

The Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations has learned that many new businesses are receiving a mailing (PDF) intended to deceive and defraud them. Visit our Scams page for more information.

OFAC Sanctions Lists

OFAC, is the agency within Treasury that enforces trade sanctions against various targeted foreign countries, groups, and individuals. Transactions with sanctioned countries or persons by U.S. persons or within the United States are prohibited. While there is no law requiring that people check these sanctions lists, it is illegal to do business with anyone on these sanctions lists.

The main sanctions lists are the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list and the Consolidated Sanctions list. Sanctions List Search is a free tool provided by OFAC to assist the public in complying with sanctions programs. This is for individual users that are looking for potential matches on OFAC's sanctions lists.

OFAC has configurations for automated systems and software programs. OFAC's SDN list is available in XML, fixed-field and delimited formats that can be imported into a variety of software programs. OFAC also publishes the SDN data in a comma separated values format (CSV). This format is recognized by Excel and other spreadsheet programs and can be imported into spreadsheet format by simply opening the file in your default spreadsheet application.

Of course, these lists must be updated with changes, so OFAC has an email subscription service that will notify you when there are updates to the sanctions list. You can go to this link to sign up for these services.

Legislation

Act 170 of 2016 (effective February 21, 2017): New Laws on General Partnerships (including Limited Liability Partnerships), Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Coming to Pennsylvania (PDF)  

Act 135 of 2016 (effective January 2, 2017): Business Fee exemption for Veteran-Owned and Reservist-Owned Small Businesses (PDF) 

Subsistence Certificates/Certificates of Registration
As of July 2015, what was formerly known as a Good Standing Certificate is now referred to as a Subsistence Certificate for domestic filing entities and a Certificate of Registration for registered foreign associations.

Online Filing
Pennfile allows you to submit your filing application electronically, but your application still requires human review. Please allow 7 to 10 business days for processing.  Upon completion your documents will be returned via email.

Online Ordering
As we work to digitize our Corporate database, you may notice that some documents are readily available while others require scanning. When ordering documents that have not been scanned yet, we ask that you allow up to five business days for your order to be processed.  Once your order is processed, you will be invoiced $3 per page.  Within 24 hours of final payment, your documents will emailed to you.  

UCC Filing Search