Form a Corporation or Business


Beginning November 29, the Division of Corporations, State Records and Uniform Commercial Code Customer Service Counter in Albany New York will begin accepting documents that are dropped off. Customers will be able to drop off any documents for processing. Documents that are dropped off will be returned to customers via mail.

The Department of State will accept in person legal process served on the Secretary of State or Department of State as statutory agent of a corporation or other business entity, by appointment. For service of process issues, including the scheduling of an appointment, please call 518-473-2492 so that arrangements can be made to effectuate service.

Customers are encouraged to use the online filing system available on the Department of State's website to form business corporations and limited liability companies.

All other services (e.g. corporation and other business entity filings, document search requests, certificates of status, UCC filings and searches) can be mailed to:

Department of State
Division of Corporations, State Records and Uniform Commercial Code
1 Commerce Plaza 99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor Albany, NY 12231

Please call 518-473-2492 with any questions.



Please note the Division of Corporations, State Records and Uniform Commercial Code is currently experiencing a delay in processing certain documents  including, corporation and business entity certificates (e.g. Certificate of Amendment). The mailing of legal process (summons and complaints) served on the Secretary of State to entities being served has also been delayed. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this delay. Please contact the Division if you have any questions.


Start Your New-York Based Business


Formally establishing a corporation, limited liability company (LLCs), limited partnership and other business entity is the first step to doing business in New York State. If you are seeking to do business in New York, you must file with the Department of State as outlined below. Certificates of Status on such entities may also be obtained here. Additionally, the Department of State’s Division of Corporations maintains official records, including local laws and oaths of office; receives and serves legal pleadings against certain business entities; and files Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) records.

Request Copies of Documents and Certificates of Status