Education about Illinois Certified Copies
What are Illinois certified copies?
Illinois certified copies are a true and correct copy of business filings, which can obtained from the Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department. Articles of incorporation are the most commonly certified document. Articles of amendment or annual reports may also be certified.
The Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department issues certified copies with an endorsement, stamp, or certificate. Certified copies are sometimes required to secure a bank loan, apply for a certificate of authority, and obtain business licenses.
What documents can be certified?
You can typically have most corporate filings certified, including:
- Articles of formation
- Articles of amendment
- Certificate of authority
- Annual filings, such as annual reports
- Fictitious name or DBA registration
- Dissolution and withdrawals
Where can I obtain Illinois certified copies?
Only the Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department can issue Illinois certified copies. It is possible to obtain certified copies yourself using the contact information below.Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department
69 W. Washington St., Ste. 1240
Chicago, IL 60602
501 S. Second St., Rm. 350
Springfield, IL 62756
Phone: (217) 782-6961
Name Search: https://apps.ilsos.gov/businessentitysearch/