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General Information

Under Pennsylvania law, every proceeding for the organization of corporations, both for-profit and nonprofit, and every ancillary transaction relating to such corporations is required to be filed with the department's Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations. Other businesses registering with the bureau include: professional corporations, municipal authorities, limited partnerships, foreign corporations qualifying to do business in the Commonwealth and individuals and corporations conducting business under an assumed or fictitious name.

The executive staff of the Department of State and the employees of the bureau are committed to providing expeditious, courteous and professional service to the business community and general public, in all phases of filing and dissemination of the important records entrusted in its care.

The bureau is the repository for the records of more than 2,400,000 companies authorized to do business in Pennsylvania. All records maintained in this office are public and may be inspected upon request.

Dissemination of the information contained on bureau records is a major function of bureau activity. Over 25,000 telephone inquiries are answered each month; approximately 260,000 photocopies are provided to the public annually; sales of new business lists, forms CD’s, and master date and image subscription services are all part of the services the bureau offers to the public..

As the official record keeper of business documents, the bureau can provide certain information on all registered businesses. The bureau typically receives in excess of 6,000 telephone calls per week, most of which are from persons either requesting information on companies or checking on the availability of entity names. The bureau does not assess a fee for telephone information. Information may also be acquired in person, by mail or by fax.

The new information-based, technology economy has businesses rethinking traditional practices because of e-commerce, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is doing the same!

Our goal is to make Pennsylvania the easiest place in the nation to start a business. Through the PA Open for Business Web site, we are doing just that - giving entrepreneurs a one-stop shop to start, sustain and expand their businesses.

This "friction free" approach to government is geared toward the elimination of bureaucratic red tape. In Pennsylvania, cutting red tape begins at www.pabizonline.com   This site gives access to forms and information 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, crucial to speeding entry into the market place and encouraging companies to grow. We are using the power of Internet technology to shift the focus where it belongs - on the customer.

"Doing Business in PA is just a click away."


HOURS

The Bureau is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The public records room hours of operation are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Documents may be submitted by delivering them directly to the reception area, by mail, or by fascimile. The bureau maintains two addresses as follows:

Department of State 
Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations 
P.O. Box 8722
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722
Department of State
Uniform Commercial Code Section
P.O. Box 8721
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8721

 
Courier or personal delivery address for Corporate and UCC Documents:
Department of State
Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations 
401 North Street
Room 206
Harrisburg, PA 17120

You may reach the bureau by telephone by calling (717) 787-1057 or by facsimilie at (717) 783-2244. The telephone lines are available from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm.



Modified Date: 09/27/2012 08:10 AM