South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Business Filings


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Contact Information

Physical address:
Edgar Brown Building
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201

Mailing address:
SC Secretary of State's Office
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-734-2158

Web: Home Name search Forms File online

Corporate Filings

We track the following filings with the South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Business Filings 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:South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Business Filings
Form:

'C' Corporation Income Tax Return - SC 1120

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

Simply pay your taxes; there is no extra fee for the annual report.

Due:

Three months and fifteen days after the close of your fiscal year, usually March 15th.

Law:

South Carolina Code § 12-20-20.

Penalties:

The Department of Revenue will charge a 5% penalty per month. The Secretary of State may dissolve or revoke your business for noncompliance.

Notes:
  • A corporate officer may file.
  • Original signatures are not required.
Fact Checked:10/14/15

Application for Certificate of Authority

Agency:South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Business Filings
Form:

Application for a Certificate of Authority to Transact Business

Agency Fee:

$110

Law:

SC Code § 33-15-103

Certified Copy Requirement:

Certified copies not required.

Certificate of Good Standing Requirement:

Certificate of existence dated within 30 days.

Fact Checked:3/25/21

Assumed Name

Agency:South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Business Filings
Form:

LP - Assumed Name Certificate

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$10

Is registration mandatory?:

Required only for limited partnerships that plan to use a name other than name shown on its certificate of registration.

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level.

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

Registration of an assumed name does not confer ownership rights and does not prevent another entity from using the same fictitious name.

Notes:
  • Only limited partnerships file assumed name registrations in South Carolina.
  • File two copies of the form with registration.
  • Publication of registration is not required in South Carolina.
Fact Checked:3/17/17

Certificate of Authority Renewal

Agency:South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Business Filings
Form:

Foreign Limited Liability Partnership - Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, or online.

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By the anniversary of registration for the first renewal and by the previous year's renewal date for each additional year.

Law:

SC Code § 33-41-1110

Fact Checked:2/23/21

Certificate of Good Standing

Agency:South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Business Filings
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Notes:

Use the online system to find your entity and order a certificate of good standing.

Fact Checked:3/23/21

Registration Renewal

Agency:South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Business Filings
Form:

Domestic Limited Liability Partnership - Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, or online.

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By the anniversary of registration for the first renewal and by the previous year's renewal date for each additional year.

Law:

SC Code § 33-41-1110

Fact Checked:2/23/21

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