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COVID-19 Information, Guidance, and Contact Information:

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; however, we are maintaining operations through electronic communication. Below you will find links to websites, online services, and email addresses for bureaus within the Department of State.

For more information about COVID-19 please visit: Pennsylvania Department of Health Website.

Unemployment or Workers' Compensation benefit information for PA Employees Impacted by COVID-19

Primary Election

Governor Signs Bill Rescheduling Primary Election
On Friday, March 27, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 422, which reschedules the 2020 primary election from April 28 to June 2. The  measure makes other election process changes, including some due to the COVID-19 emergency. The bill provides process improvements to Act 77 of 2019, to allow counties to begin processing and tabulating mail ballots beginning at 7 a.m. on election day, rather than after the polls close at 8 p.m. Additionally, the measure allows counties to temporarily consolidate polling places without court approval and eases other rules regarding location and staffing of polling places for the primary to respond to county concerns about a potential shortage of poll workers and appropriate polling place locations.

The governor reminded voters of the new option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to a polling place on election day. 
Read the Governor's Press Release
Learn more about upcoming election dates

Every county in Pennsylvania, including those still in a designated red zone, will have polling places open so voters who choose to can vote in person in the June 2 primary. 

Act 12 Guidance:

Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs:

Due to the public health risk surrounding the Coronavirus, the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs is currently unable to accept phone calls. For all inquiries, please utilize the email addresses found here: Board Contact Info.

Licensing applications may be completed online at Payments and vital documents relating to professional and occupational licensure should be mailed directly to the respective board at:

 P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg PA 17105-2649

Regulatory suspensions, updates, and guidance for professionals.

Phased Reopening Statement from the Bureau of Occupational and Professional Affairs

Procedures for Administrative Hearings During COVID-19 Pandemic

A Letter To Healthcare Providers From The Secretaries Of Health And State...

Due to the Disaster Declaration issued by the Governor regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the requirements related to physical presence for Board meetings have been temporarily waived by the Governor. All Board meetings remaining on the schedule will be conducted via teleconference with call information provided for the public to attend. For more information, please see the meeting notice for more information.

Campaign Finance, Lobbying Disclosure, Notaries, and Certifications:

Due to mitigation efforts related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania, we are currently unable to accept walk-in visitors. We are maintaining operations through electronic communication:


Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations:

The physical locations for the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations are currently closed. We are maintaining operations through electronic communication and have set up a secure dropbox for printed paperwork (jump link to bottom section on paperwork).


PA State Athletic Commission

Based on guidance issued by Governor Tom Wolf, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the Department of Health, the State Athletic Commission has worked with venues and promoters to cancel events to help protect Pennsylvanians against the possible spread of COVID-19. If you have questions about a specific event, the State Athletic Commission recommends checking with events holders and Venues for the latest information.


Printed Paperwork

Paperwork addressed to the Department of State for:

  • The Bureau of Elections
    • Candidates Running for Office
    • Campaign Finance
    • Lobbying Disclosure
  • The Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations
  • State Athletic Commission
  • Certification Apostilles
  • Notary Services

Can be left in a drop-box outside the Keystone Building at 400 North Street:


Due to the COVID-19 emergency and resulting office closures, for in-person service of process for the Department of State, please contact the Office of Chief Counsel to coordinate: 

Jason McMurry