Attorney General: Charities Authorities

This page was last fact-checked January 8, 2014

In many states, charities must register before they are permitted to solicit state residents for donations. This directory will help you quickly find the charitable division, bureau, or other filing authority in your state. If you need help filing your registration or renewal, we are happy to help.

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State Charitable Registration Authority
Alabama Alabama Attorney General - Consumer Protection Section
P.O. Box 300152, Montgomery, AL 36130
1-800-392-5658 or 334-242-7335
Fax: 334-242-2433
http://www.ago.state.al.us/Page-Consumer-Protection
Alaska Alaska Department of Law - Consumer Protection Unit
1031 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99501
907-269-5200 or 888-576-2529
http://www.law.state.ak.us/department/civil/consumer/cpindex.html
LawCharities@alaska.gov
Arizona Arizona Secretary of State - Business Services
1700 W. Washington Street, Fl. 7, Phoenix, AZ 85007-2808
Charities: 602-542-6187
Fax: 602-542-4366
http://www.azsos.gov/business_services/filings.htm
Arkansas Arkansas Attorney General - Public Protection Department
323 Center Street, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
501-682-2007 or 800-482-8982
http://arkansasag.gov/programs/arkansas-lawyer/charities-registration
California California Attorney General
Attn: Registry of Charitable Trusts, P.O. Box 903447, Sacramento, CA 94203-4470
http://oag.ca.gov/charities
Colorado Colorado Secretary of State
303-894-2200 and press 2
Fax: Business Organizations: 303-869-4864 Charities Registrations: 303-869-4871
http://www.sos.state.co.us/
Business Organizations: business@sos.state.co.us Charities Registrations: charitable@sos.state.co.us
Connecticut Connecticut Department of Consumer Protections
860-713-6100 / Toll-Free: 800-842-2649
http://ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1654&q=459952
Delaware Delaware Division of Revenue (Charities info)
820 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
302.577.8205
http://revenue.delaware.gov/services/Business_Tax/Fund.shtml
District of Columbia District of Columbia, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
(202) 442-4400 or (202) 123-4567 TTY
Fax: (202) 442-9445
http://dcra.dc.gov/service/get-charitable-solicitation-license
dcra@dc.gov
Florida Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of Consumer Services
Division of Consumer Services, P.O. Box 6700, Tallahassee, FL 32399-6700
1-800-435-7352 or 1-800-352-9832 en Espanol
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Consumer-Services
Georgia Georgia Professional Licensing Boards and Securities Division
237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217
(478) 207-2440
http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/securities/charitable_organization_and_paid_solicitor_forms
Hawaii Hawaii Tax and Charities Division
808-586-1480
Fax: 808-586-8116
http://ag.hawaii.gov/tax/
marlene.baba@hawaii.gov
Idaho Idaho Charities
Illinois Illinois Attorney General - Charitable Trust Bureau
312-814-2595
http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/register_report.html
Indiana Indiana Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division
317-232-6330 or 1-800-382-5516
http://www.indianaconsumer.com/consumer_guide/charitable_info.asp
Iowa Iowa Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division
515-281-5926 or 1-888-777-4590
Fax: 515-281-6771
http://www.state.ia.us/government/ag/consumer/online_regis.html
consumer@ag.state.ia.us
Kansas Kansas Secretary of State - Charities
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor, 120 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-4564 or 1-800-766-3777 (TTY/TTD)
Fax: (785) 296-4570
https://www.kssos.org/business/business_charitable.html
kssos@sos.ks.gov
Kentucky Kentucky Attorney General - Charities
700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 118, Frankfort, KY 40601
502-696-5300
http://ag.ky.gov/civil/consumerprotection/charity/Pages/default.aspx
kssos@sos.ks.gov
Louisiana Louisiana Attorney General - Public Protection Division - Charities
1885 N. 3rd Street, 4th Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
225-326-6400
Fax: 225-326-6499
http://www.ag.state.la.us/Article.aspx?articleID=291&catID=0
kssos@sos.ks.gov
Maine Maine Office of Proffessional and Occupation Regulation
207-624-8603
http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/charitable/organization.htm
Maryland Maryland Secretary of State - Charitable Organizations Division
16 Francis Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
410-974-5534 or 800-825-4510
Fax: 410-974-5190
http://www.sos.state.md.us/Charity/RegisterCharity.aspx
ksmith@sos.state.md.us
Massachusetts Massachusetts Attorney General - Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division
One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 2108
(617) 727-2200, ext. 2101
http://www.sos.state.md.us/Charity/RegisterCharity.aspx
Michigan Michigan Attorney General - Charitable Trust Section
P.O. Box 30214, Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1152
Fax: (517) 241-7074
http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,4534,7-164-17337_18095---,00.html
miag@michigan.gov
Minnesota Minnesota Attorney General - Charities
1400 Bremer Tower, 445 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 296-3353 or (800) 657-3787; (651) 297-7206 or (800) 366-4812 TTY
http://www.ag.state.mn.us/Charity/Charities.asp
Mississippi Mississippi Secretary of State - Charities Division
125 S. Congress Street, Jackson, MS 39205
601-359-1048
Fax: 601-359-1499
http://www.sos.ms.gov/Charities/Pages/default.aspx
Missouri Missouri Attorney General - Charities
PO Box 899, Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-751-3321
http://ago.mo.gov/checkacharity/charityregistration.htm
Montana Montana Attorney General - Charities
555 Fuller Avenue, P.O. Box 200151, Helena, MT 59620
1-800-481-6896
https://dojmt.gov/consumer/for-nonprofits-2/
Nebraska Nebraska Secretary of State - Charities
P.O. Box 94608, Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-8606
Fax: (402) 471-2530
http://www.sos.ne.gov/licensing/charitable_sol.html
sos.licensing@nebraska.gov
New Mexico New Mexico Attorney General - Charities Unit
P.O. Drawer 1508, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1508
505-827-6000
Fax: 505-827-5826
http://www.nmag.gov/the_office/Communications-Division/consumer-protection/charities
Charity.Registrar@nmag.gov
New York New York Attorney General - Charities Bureau
120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271
212-416-8401
http://www.charitiesnys.com/
charities.bureau@ag.ny.gov or charities.fundraising@ag.ny.gov
North Dakota North Dakota Secretary of State
600 E. Boulevard Ave. Dept. 108, 1st Floor, Bismarck, ND 58505
701-328-4284 or 900-352-0867 ext. 328-4284 or TTY: 800-366-6888
Fax: 701-328-0106 (Business Information, Copies and Certifications of Records, Annual Reports) or 701-328-2992 (Business Registration Documents)
http://www.nd.gov/sos/
sosbir@nd.gov
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Charitable Organizations
207 N. Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717)783-1720 or (800)732-0999
Fax: (717)783-6014
http://www.dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/bureau_of_charitable_organizations/12444
ST-CHARITY@pa.gov
Texas Texas Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 12548, Austin, TX 78711-2548
800-621-0508
https://www.oag.state.tx.us/consumer/nonprofits.shtml
Utah Utah Department of Commerce - Division of Consumer Protection
160 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801-530-6601 or 1-800-721-SAFE
Fax: 801-530-6001
http://consumerprotection.utah.gov/
consumerprotection@utah.gov
Virginia Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP)
P.O. Box 526, Richmond, VA 23218
804-786-1343
Fax: 804-225-2666
http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/consumer/index.shtml
Washington Washington Secretary of State - Charities Program
PO Box 40234, Olympia, WA 98504-0234
360-725-0378 or 800-332-GIVE (Washington only)
http://www.sos.wa.gov/charities/default.aspx
charities@sos.wa.gov