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How To Reinstate A North Carolina Corporation


Reinstate Or Revive A North Carolina Corporation:

If your corporation was administratively dissolved by the North Carolina Secretary of State, Corporations Division (SOS), you can file form B-08, Application for Reinstatement Following Administrative Dissolution any time. Submit the application by mail or in person and include all your missing annual reports and fees. Make sure you also include a Cover Sheet for Corporate Filings (required for over-the-counter filings) because this is how you can request expedited processing and method of return. The North Carolina reinstatement forms are in your online account when you sign up for registered agent service with Northwest. They are also on the North Carolina SOS website (see link below). You do not have to use the SOS reinstatement form; you are allowed to draft your own. You do not need original signatures on the application for reinstatement.

The North Carolina SOS accepts cash, certified checks, money orders, business or personal checks with address and telephone number. Checks for fees should be payable to the North Carolina Secretary of State. The SOS does not accept credit cards.

North Carolina Secretary of State
Corporations Division

PO BOX 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622

2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2903
Phone: (919) 807-2225
Fax: (919) 807-2039

How much will it cost to revive a North Carolina Corporation?

There is a $100 fee to file the North Carolina Application for Reinstatement.

How long does it take the state to process the filing?

Regular processing takes the North Carolina SOS seven to ten business days. You can have documents processed the same day if you pay a $200 expedite fee. You have to submit documents by noon for same day processing.

Documents can be processed in 24 hours if you pay a $100 expedite fee. Keep in mind that this option can take more than 24 hours on weekends or holidays.

How long does your North Carolina Corporation have to be inactive with the state before you wouldn’t have any fees, and would just have to start over with a new North Carolina Corporation?

Since any officer can reinstate a North Carolina corporation at any time, you would never have to start over. However, you can choose not to reinstate the corporation and form a new North Carolina business entity instead. There is a $125 filing fee for new articles of incorporation.

Remember that the name of an administratively dissolved corporation is not available for 5 years after the effective date of dissolution, so if you choose to start a new entity, you might not be able to use the old corporate name.

Can you change your North Carolina registered agent at the same time on the North Carolina reinstatement?

No. You can’t change the corporations registered agent on the application for reinstatement. However, you can change your North Carolina registered agenton the annual report form filed with the reinstatement. All the annual reports should contain the corporations current information.

Can you change your principal address at the same time on the North Carolina reinstatement form?

No. You can’t change the principal address on the application for reinstatement. You can just list the current principal address on the annual reports that you will file when you apply for reinstatement.

Can you change your officers and directors at the same time on the North Carolina reinstatement form?

No. You can’t change the corporations officers or directors on the application for reinstatement. But you can change officers/director information on the annual reports you file. All the annual reports should have the corporations current information.

What if my corporations name is no longer available when I reinstate?

The corporation will have to change its name by filing an amendment to its articles of incorporation.

How many annual reports can you miss before you can’t reinstate your North Carolina Corporation?

There is no time limit for reinstating a North Carolina corporation. You can reinstate a business any time following administrative dissolution, even if you have missed several annual reports.

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