1A1. Agency Name:
Office of Alabama Secretary of State
1A2. Agency Description - Please review the description below and revise as appropriate (e.g., state executive agency, agency with appointed board, department or division within agency, etc.):
In 1850, legislation authorized the Alabama Secretary of State to file and certify articles of incorporation for road construction companies and the Corporations Division was born. In the years that followed, steamship, railroad, banks, and insurance companies were required to file articles or charters of incorporation with the Secretary of State. In time, the Office of the Secretary of State became the depository for various entity records and the need for a Business Entity section was evident. Today, the Business Entity Division, staffed by 8 employees, receives some 500 requests each day for information regarding its 250,000 filings.
The Business Entity Division operates as a depository for records of domestic entities and foreign entities that have qualified to transact business in Alabama. The types of entities we serve include For-Profit Corporations, Non-Profit Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships, Registered Limited Liability Partnerships, and Limited Liability Limited Partnerships.
1A4. Who should institutions contact if they have questions about your agency’s authority, policies, or application process:
1C1. Other Agencies - According to our records, the following agencies also have responsibility for authorization in the state. Please correct, add to, or clarify this list of authorizing authorities as necessary. These agencies will also be requested to complete this survey:
Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, Office of Private School Licensing Division Alabama Commission on Higher Education