Updates

Important Nevada Forms Changes

The Nevada Secretary of State has changed renewal forms as well as many other filing forms. Most of the new ones were revised in January, but only recently uploaded when they began implementing their new filing system.

We have been notified by the Secretary of State’s office that they are unable to provide us with pre-populated renewal forms (all previous filed information filled in).

At this time their new filing system is still not fully functional. However, Annual Lists may be filed online. As with many states, we believe the goal has been to have the majority of renewals, if not all, filed online.

As of today they are over a month behind on Annual List filings that were hand delivered. To view processing dates see link below.

https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/businesses/processing-dates

To file your Annual Lists online with the state go to the link below.

https://www.nvsilverflume.gov

If you need assistance, please call us at (888) 274-1130.

State Updates

California– The Secretary of State has some new forms and has made changes to some existing ones in an effort to help reduce rejected filings. New forms include Articles of Incorporation of a Cannabis Cooperative Association; a redomestication form for California insurance corporations to change domicile from California to another jurisdiction.

Minnesota– Effective January 1, 2018, Limited Liability Companies organized before August 1, 2015 must adhere to the Minnesota Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (Chapter 322C), which is a law that was passed in 2015.

Oregon– Effective January 1, 2018, House Bill 2191 provides the Secretary of State’s office and the Department of Justice with new means to deter the abuse of shell corporations in Oregon by requiring additional information filing documents associated with articles, including amendments, restated articles, conversions, and merger filings. The additional information required includes 1) principal/physical place of business and may not be a commercial mail receiving agency, mail forwarding or virtual office 2) An individual’s name with direct knowledge of the business activities of the entity 3) a signer acknowledgement.

Washington– The Secretary of state implemented a new filing system and has change the procedures for issuing the filing date for corporate filings. Under the new system, the filing date will be the date that the filing is processed and not the date it was submitted.

Also effective January 1, 2018, the business Corporation and LLC Annual Report filings were transferred to the Secretary of State’s office from the Business Licensing Service (BLS) office. However, licenses can still be obtained through the BLS office, but there will be an $11 handling fee in addition to a credit card processing fee. Licenses obtained through the Secretary of State’s office will not have the added fees.

State Updates

Arkansas

Because of a scheduled outage, beginning Friday, Jan. 13th at approximately 5 pm, the Sec. of State’s office will be unable to send email, receive email, and process online transactions. They anticipate that online services will be operational before Monday, Jan. 16th.

California

The California Secretary of State’s Office has a new and improved business entity search tool that allows you to see certain filed documents.

They have also made some changes to corporation dissolution forms and added filing tips to help prevent rejected filings.

Kentucky

Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is continuing her commitment to helping Veterans start and grow business with her “Boots to Business” initiative. She hopes to pass legislation that would waive the initial registration fee for veteran-owned businesses and also waive the annual report filing fee for the first four years of business operation.

Nevada

Legacy Corpnet site (nvsos.gov) will be retired as of Jan. 20, 2017. To access entity information, obtain forms and to file online you will need to go to https://www.nvsilverflume.gov .

All Secretary of State offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16th for Martin Luther King Day.