Illinois Certified Copy of Articles of Organization or Incorporation

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How to order a certified copy of Articles of Organization or a certified copy of Articles of Incorporation from Illinois Secretary of State

A certified copy of your Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation can be ordered by fax, mail, phone or in person, but we recommend faxing. Normal processing takes up to 5 days, plus additional time for mailing, and costs $25. Expedited service is available for $50 more and should take less than 24 hours, plus additional time for mailing.

You can order

By Mail:
Requests by mail will be expedited only if paying the additional $50 fee. You will want to provide the business name, payment, specific request and a daytime phone number for any questions.

By Fax:
An additional $2 fee is required for faxing for credit card processing. You will want to provide the Fax Order Form and a daytime phone number for any questions on a normal fax cover sheet.

By Phone:
Called in requests are accepted and they can give you a specific timeframe for processing. You will want to have the business name and credit card handy when making your call.

In Person:
An additional $20 fee is required for counter service and is considered expedited processing. Requested documents can usually be provided within 24 hours. You will want to have your payment handy.

How much does it cost to obtain a certified copy of Illinois Articles of Incorporation or Illinois Articles of Organization?

$75 for expedited processing requests by fax.
$25 for normal processing.
$35 for normal processing – includes first 10 pages, 50 cents per each additional page (nonprofit corporations)
$2 credit card processing fee

Is expedited processing available?

Yes. An expedited service fee payment is required, depending on the type of entity and type of order.

Payment options?

Check, Money Order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
Make check or money order payable to: Illinois Secretary of State.

How long does it take to get a certified copy of articles of organization, or a certified copy of articles of incorporation from State of Illinois?

Expedited processing: 24 business hours, plus additional time for mailing.
Normal processing: 3-5 business days, plus additional time for mailing.

How will the certified copy of the articles of incorporation or the certified copy of articles of organization come back after I order from the Illinois Secretary of State?

It will be mailed by regular mail, unless you request otherwise and provide a pre-addressed prepaid envelope or UPS/Fed Ex account number. Return service by fax or email is available only if paying for expedited service.


Contact Info:

Illinois Secretary of State
Department of Business Services
Springfield Office:
Michael J. Howlett Bldg.
501 S. 2nd St.,
Rm 350 (Corporations)
Rm 351 (LLCs)
Springfield, IL 62756
Phone: (217) 782-6961
(217)524-8281 Corporations fax
(217)524-3390 LLC Fax


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