How to order a certified copy of Articles of Organization or a certified copy of Articles of Incorporation from the Pennsylvania Department of State

A certified copy of your Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation can be ordered by fax, mail, in person, or online, but we recommend online. Online processing costs $40, plus $3 per document, and is usually immediate. Normal processing takes up to 2 days, plus additional time for mailing, and costs $55, plus $3 per page. Expedited service is available for $70 more and should take less than 24 hours, plus additional time for mailing.

You can order

Online:
Go to their website and follow the instructions provided to sign up, search and print a certificate. You will be able to authenticate, view and print the certificate yourself right away usually. However, if the requested document is old and is not in their computer system, it will need to be scanned and may take up to 24 hours to be processed. You will want to have your credit card handy.

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

By Fax:
Prepaid account with this office is required for fax orders. Requests by fax will be expedited only if requesting expedite service. You will want to provide the business name, specific request and a daytime phone number for any questions on a normal fax cover sheet.

In Person:
Requested documents can usually be provided the same day at no additional charge. However, if the requested document is old and is not in their computer system, it will need to be scanned and may take up to 24 hours to be processed. You will want to have your payment handy.

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

Fees for certified copies for your Pennsylvania corporation and Pennsylvania LLC are as follows:

$40 for certification, plus $3 per document, for online processing

$55 for certification, plus $3 per page, for normal processing

$125 for certification, plus $3 per page, for expedited processing

Is expedited processing available?

Yes. An expedited service fee of $70 is required, in addition to the regular fees. However, online processing is within 24 hours at a reduced rate.

Payment options?

Check or Money Order. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover (online only). Make check or money order payable to: Department 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 Pennsylvania Department of State?

Online processing: immediate, unless it is not in the computer system, may take up to 24 hours.

Normal processing: 1-2 business days, plus additional time for mailing.

Expedited processing: same business day only if received by 1:00 pm, plus additional time for mailing.

Counter Service: within 3-4 hours, if received by 1:00 pm it will be ready by 5:00 pm (in person only).

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 Pennsylvania Department of State?

It will be returned by regular mail only.

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Contact Info:

Pennsylvania Department of State

Corporation Bureau

206 North Office Building

PO Box 8722

Harrisburg, PA 17105-8721

Phone: (717)787-1057 option 5 or (888)659-9962

Fax: (717)783-2244

Email: RA-Corps@state.pa.us