In 1850, legislation authorized the Alabama Secretary of State to file and certify articles
of incorporation for road construction companies and the Corporations Division was born. In the years
that followed, steamship, railroad, banks, and insurance companies were required to file articles or charters
of incorporation with the Secretary of State. In time, the Office of the Secretary of State became the
depository for various entity records and the need for a Business Entity section was evident. Today, the
Business Entity Division, staffed by 12 employees, receives some 500 requests each day for information
regarding its 250,000 filings.
The Business Entity Division operates as a depository for records of domestic entities and foreign
entities that have qualified to transact business in Alabama. The types of entities we serve include For-Profit
Corporations, Non-Profit Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships, Registered Limited
Liability Partnerships, and Limited Liability Limited Partnerships.
When we can assist you, drop by our office or give our Business Entities Division a call at 334-242-5324
between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (central standard time). The Secretary of State Business Entities Division is located at
11 South Union Street in Suite 119. We are here to serve.
11 South Union St., Suite 119
Montgomery, AL 36130
PO Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103-5616