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October 8, 2010
Secretary Chapman Continues Transformation of State Business Services

Montgomery, Ala. – ‘Certificates of Existence’ are now available online for businesses. Secretary of State Beth Chapman continues to transform services for businesses in the Alabama Secretary of State’s office with technological innovation. Adding to the reformation started in 2007 with the electronic online UCC Filing System, Secretary Chapman has now responded to one of the most frequent customer service requests of the past decade by making these certificates available on the website.

‘Certificates of Existence’ are the first of the Business Entity functions to be activated online. Business entities that require proof of their existence may now purchase and print multiple copies in one secure credit card transaction, eliminating mailing or courier fees and wait time. Each Certificate of Existence will contain the official signature, gold edging, and gold seal, if printed in color. The signature and seal make the documents an original even if it is printed in black and white.

“Within the next few months we will add business entity document copies and certified copies online,” emphasized Secretary Chapman, “and we will continue to put procedures online to allow the staff more time to assist customers with more complex transactions, while allowing our customers a choice in how they want to process their business documents.”

Visit the Business Services section of the Secretary of State’s website at



For more information, visit Secretary of State John H. Merrill’s Web Site: