Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division


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Contact Information

Physical address:
501 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 300152
Montgomery, AL 36130

Phone: 1-800-392-5658 or 334-242-7335
Fax: 334-242-2433

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Licenses

We track the following licenses with the Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division in order to provide compliance services to our clients. As a client, you see this and other reference data in License Manager in-line with your licenses.

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Alabama Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division
Law:

Alabama Code § 13A-9-71

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:9/7/21

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Charities that do not intent to solicit and receive and do not actually receive more than $25,000 in contributions during a fical year and do not use professional fundraisers
  • Educational institutions and their authorized and related foundations
  • Religious organizations
  • Political organizations
  • Fraternal, patriotic, benevolent, social, educational, alumni, health care foundation, historical, and civil rights organizations, including fraternities and sororities and any auxiliaries associated with any such organizations
  • Civic leagues and civic organizations which solicit contributions solely from their own membership
  • Appeals for individuals that raise $10,000 or less
  • Any charitable organization receiving an allocation from an incorporated community chest or united fund, provided the chest or fund is complying with this section relating to registration and filing of annual reports with the Attorney General, the charitable organization does not actually receive, in addition to an allocation, contributions in excess of $25,000 during the fiscal year, and all of the fundraising functions of the charitable organization are carried on by persons who are not paid for such services
  • A local post, camp, chapter, or similarly designated element, or a county unit of such elements of a bona fide veterans organization, which issues charters to local elements throughout this state, or a bona fide organization of volunteer firefighters, ambulance companies, or rescue squads, or a bona fide auxiliary or affiliate of such organizations, provided all of its fundraising activities are carried on by members of the organization, family members of the members of the organization, volunteers, or an affiliate of the organization and the members receive no compensation, directly or indirectly
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Exemptions do not expire as long as the organization continues to qualify under the exemption criteria.

Fact Checked:8/15/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Charitable Organization Registration Form

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$25

Turnaround:

2-3 weeks

Notes:
  • The CFO and the president / other authorized officer must sign.
  • Some Alabama counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
Before you Apply:

All Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Alabama Secretary of State.
  2. Submit the online form or Charitable Organization Registration Form and all required attachments to apply for registration with the Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your charity will need to foreign qualify based on your activity in Alabama. If not required, skip to number 3.
  2. File foreign qualification documents with the Alabama Secretary of State.
  3. Submit the online form or Charitable Organization Registration Form and all required attachments to apply for registration with the Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division.
Required Attachments:
  • Articles of incorporation or organization
  • A copy of any agreement of association, instrument of trust, constitution, or other organizational instrument
  • A copy of the bylaws adopted by the applicant
  • Organizational Charter
  • IRS determination letter
  • List of officers and directors including phone numbers and addresses
  • List of other states where the applicant is registered to solicit donations
  • Names and addresses of any professional fundraisers and commercial coventurers who are acting or have agreed to act on behalf of the applicant
Fact Checked:9/7/21

Registration Renewal

Form:

Charitable Organization Renewal Form

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:
  • Renewal is due annually within 90 days after the close or your organization's fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, then the report is due March 31.
  • There is no official start to the renewal period, so renewals may be submitted as soon as financials become available for the most recently completed fiscal year.
Due Date Extension:

Due dates can be extended for 180 days beyond the original due date by submitting a request for extension through the online portal.

Notes:
  • The CFO and the president / other authorized officer must sign.
  • The organization must also notify the Attorney General throughout the year within 90 days of any change in the information.
Required Attachments:

  • Either IRS form 990 or audited financials
  • Only if amended: IRS determination letter, articles of incorporation, and bylaws
Fact Checked:9/7/21

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

1-2 business days

Notes:

Email Emily Nichols at enichols@ago.state.al.us to update fiscal year.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Cancellation

Form:

Charitable Organization Notice of Non Renewal

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

To close out your registration, submit a notice of non renewal or a letter describing your intent to withdraw and provide a statement indicating that you will no longer solicit in Alabama.

A Commercial Co-Venturer is any person who for profit or other commercial consideration conducts, promotes, underwrites, arranges, or sponsors a sale, performance, or event of any kind which is advertised, and which will benefit, to any extent, a charitable or religious organization. However, any such person who will benefit in good will only is not a commercial co-venturer if the collection and distribution of the proceeds of the sale, performance, or event are supervised and controlled by the benefiting charitable or religious organization.

Alabama Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Agency:Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division
Law:

Alabama Code § 13A-9-70(h)

Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Notes:

Organizations cannot begin to fundraise until 15 days after a contract has been filed with the attorney general.

Fact Checked:8/13/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Fundraiser or Commercial Co-Venturer Registration Statement

Filing Method:

Online is the easiest and fastest way. There is a legacy paper form that requires the applicant to notarize and mail. When filing by paper, state processing takes much longer (on the order of several weeks).

Agency Fee:

$100

Turnaround:

2-3 business days when filing online.

Bond Amount:

$10,000

Fact Checked:8/1/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Fundraiser or Commercial Co-Venturer Registration Statement (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Online is the easiest and fastest way. There is a legacy paper form that requires the applicant to notarize and mail. When filing by paper, state processing takes much longer (on the order of several weeks).

Agency Fee:

$100

Turnaround:

1-3 business days.

Due:

Annually by September 30.

Bond Amount:

$10,000

Fact Checked:8/1/19

Contract Filing

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

Immediately online

Due:

File a copy of all contracts entered into with charitable organizations within 10 days after the beginning of the contract.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
How to Apply:

The charity must be registered to solicit charitable contributions or otherwise exempt for the contract to be accepted.

Fact Checked:8/13/21

Contract Amendment

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

Changes to a filed contract should be made using the online system.

Fact Checked:2/26/20

Financial Reporting

Form:

None. Enter information online.

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Turnaround:

Immediately online.

Due:

CCVs must file a closing statement within 90 days of the termination of a contract with a charitable organization.

Fact Checked:10/9/19

Professional Fund Raisers plan, conduct, manage, or carry-on a drive or campaign for the purposes of soliciting charitable contributions in this state.

Alabama Professional Fundraiser Registration

Agency:Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division
Law:

Alabama Code § 13A-9-70(h)

Bond Requirements:

$10,000

Fact Checked:8/13/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Fundraiser or Commercial Co-Venturer Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$100

Original Ink:Required
Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:
  • Describe the terms under which the applicant will be compensated for its charitable solicitation activities, whether for monetary compensation or other consideration (advertising, gifts, etc).
  • Describe the type of solicitation programs that will be utilized by the applicant, e.g., personal contact, direct mail, radio, newspaper, television, internet, etc.
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Required Attachments:
  • Provide a copy of any articles of incorporation or bylaws adopted by the applicant.
  • Provide a list of the names, residential addresses, dates of birth, driver license numbers, and the state where licensed of all owners, directors, and managers of the applicant.
  • Provide a list of the address and telephone number for each location in Alabama from which the applicant will solicit funds.
  • List the name, address, and telephone number of all banks, savings and loan associations, and all other such financial institutions in which the applicant will deposit the funds received, and identify the names in which the funds will be deposited. 
  • List the names, addresses, dates of birth, driver license numbers and the state where licensed for any persons who will solicit funds.
Fact Checked:8/1/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

September 30 of each year.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:8/1/19

Contract Filing

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

File a copy of all contracts entered into with charitable organizations within 10 days after the beginning of the contract.

Law:

Alabama Code § 13A-9-71(i)

Fact Checked:8/13/21

Financial Reporting

Form:

Professional Fundraiser  or Commercial Co-Venturer Closing Statement

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

File a closing statement form within 90 days after the close of charitable organization contracts.

Fact Checked:8/25/20

A Professional Solicitor is any person who is employed or retained for compensation by a professional fund raiser to solicit contributions for charitable purposes in this state.

Alabama Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Interest Division
Fact Checked:8/13/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Professional Solicitor Registration Statement

Agency Fee:

$25

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:12/15/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Solicitor Registration Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

September 30 of each year.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:12/15/16

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