Business Filings

The Secretary of State’s Office is responsible for business filings for business corporations, nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships. Sole proprietorships and general partnerships do not file with the Secretary of State’s Office.

You may use our online Business Filings search or call the Business Filings Division at (803) 734-2158 to see if a company is in good standing or to learn the name and address of the registered agent of the entity. Images of filed documents are not yet available online. You will still need to contact our office to request a document.

Please note, the Secretary of State’s Office does not have the names or addresses of a company’s officers or directors. For this information, please contact the Department of Revenue at (803) 896-1164.

General Filing Instructions

  1. Type or legibly print in dark ink the applicable business filings form in its entirety. All forms are fillable, therefore you may type directly onto the pdf form or you may download and print the form.  All of the Secretary of State’s forms are found on the Forms and Fees page.
  2. Submit the proper form in duplicate with the required fee. The Secretary of State’s Office will not return a copy of the filing to you if the form is not submitted in duplicate.
  3. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
  4. Make sure the proper individuals have signed the documents.
For additional information on Business Filings, please review the Business Filings FAQs section.


To read the statutes governing the different business entities, please follow the links in the guide below:

Business Corporations 33-1-101 to 33-20-105
Statutory Close Corporations 33-18-101 et seq.
Professional Corporations 33-19-101 et seq.
Nonprofit Corporations 33-31-101 et seq.
Limited Liability Companies 33-44-101 et seq.
Limited Partnerships 33-42-101 et seq.
Limited Liability Partnerships 33-41-1110 et seq.
LLC Annual Reports are no longer required to be filed with the Secretary of State

The South Carolina General Assembly passed H4650 which repealed the statutes requiring LLC Annual Reports in South Carolina. The bill also amended the Certificate of Existence statute in that annual reports are no longer necessary in order for a Certificate of Existence/Good Standing to be issued.

To obtain the forms for Business Filings, follow the link below:
Business Filings Forms