Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department


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Contact Information

Physical address:
69 W. Washington St.
Ste. 1240
Chicago, IL 60602

Mailing address:
501 S. Second St.
Rm. 350
Springfield, IL 62756

Phone: 217-782-6961

Web: Home Name search Forms File online

Corporate Filings

We track the following filings with the Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department in order to provide compliance services to our clients. We share this reference information with the general public as a courtesy. As a registered agent client, you get access to state templates pre-filled with our company information to help you save time looking up information.

Annual Report

Agency:Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department
Form:

Domestic/Foreign Corporation Annual Report

Instructions:

No initial report is required.

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$10 + $1 filing fee.

Due:

Annually by the end of the month prior to the corporation anniversary month. Can be filed up to 60 days prior to the start of the anniversary month.

Law:

805 ILCS 105/114.10

Penalties:

$3 penalty if late.

Notes:

Cannot be filed online if:

  • The corporation owns property outside of Illinois and /or transacts business outside of Illinois.
  • There have been changes in authorized shares, issued shares and/or paid-in capital. The annual report must be filed on paper accompanied by the appropriate document(s) changing the authorized shares, issued shares and/or paid-in capital.
  • You need to enter more than six officers or six directors, you must file a paper annual report.
Fact Checked:1/11/21

Application for Admission to Transact Business

Agency:Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department
Form:

Form LLC 45.5: Application for Admission to Transact Business

Filing Method:

Mail or in-person.

Agency Fee:

$150

Law:

805 ILCS 180/45-5

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copy of the articles of organization and all amendments and mergers dated within the last 90 days.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of good standing, or certificate of existence.

Fact Checked:3/25/21

Application for Authority

Agency:Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department
Form:

Form BCA 13.15: Application for Authority to Transact Business in Illinois

Filing Method:

Mail or in-person.

Agency Fee:

$150

Law:

805 ILCS 5/13.05

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copy of the articles of incorporation and all amendments and mergers dated within the last 90 days.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Good standing certificate not required.

Fact Checked:3/25/21

Assumed Business Name

Agency:Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by entity type and time of filing.

Turnaround:

Reviewed within 24 hours of receipt.

Is registration mandatory?:

Registration of an assumed name is required for most entities that plan to use a fictitious name. Sole-proprietorships, general partnerships, and professional corporations that use an alternate name are required to file with the office of the county clerk.

Law:

805 ILCS 5-4.15 and 805 ILCS 405

County Level Filing:

Filing at the county level is required for sole-proprietorships, general partnerships, and professional service corporations.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:

Registration of an assumed name does not confer ownership rights.

Notes:
  • Entities required to file with the county clerk are generally required to submit a notarized application with a nominal filing fee.
  • Public notice of the assumed name must be filed within 15 days after registration for entities that file at the county level, however, there is no publishing requirement for firms that file an assumed name with the secretary of state. Notice must be filed in a newspaper of general circulation within the county of registration and must also run once a week for three consecutive weeks.
Fact Checked:3/17/17

Certificate of Good Standing

Agency:Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department
Form:

LLC Fax Transmittal Request Form for Certificates of Good Standing and/or Certified Copies of Documents

Filing Method:

Mail, fax, email, or online.

Agency Fee:

$25 for standard processing and $45 for expedited processing.

Fact Checked:3/23/21

Renewal Statement

Agency:Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department
Form:

UPA 1003(D): Renewal Statement of Domestic Limited Liability Partnership

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$0. Filing online requires a $50 expedite fee.

Due:

Annually by the anniversary date of initial registration.

Law:

805 ILCS 206/1003

Fact Checked:1/11/21

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