State Guide: Corporations Offices
Whether you are choosing to incorporate in Delaware, Alaska, or California, at some point your new business entity will have to interact with that state's corporate office. While most state's do not require residency in order to incorporate there, most require every corporation, limited liability company (LLC) or other business entity to have and maintain a registered agent to transact business.
State Corporate Offices
Each state has an office that is responsible for regulating the business activities of companies which are incorporated or do business within that state. Many states have a Business Entities Office which regulates all types of businesses including corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and general partnerships.
The corporation section of a particluar state also manages certain Uniform Commercial Code filings (UCC), and can be directly involved with helping victims of corporate fraud or theft. If your business has a trademark, this will also be the office you contact to file and process all trademark paperwork. If you are starting a new business and want to see if the name is available, most state corporate offices have a business entity name locator or other resources.
Below are links to the Corporations section of the state government in each of the 50 states and Washington, DC. A link to the Secretary of State's office is provided if a link to the Corporations section isn't available. To suggest an item for this section, please contact us.
Speak With a Legal Expert
As you are forming your new business, you'll want to ensure you are filing all the correct paperwork and complying with your state's business laws and regulations. Speak with a trained legal professional in your area today. A business and commercial law attorney can help you communicate with the business office in your state.