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Secretary of State John H. Merrill Announces Expansion of Online Filing Tools for Alabama


February 23, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce the continued expansion of online filing tools for citizens and businesses to submit filing documentation to the Secretary of State's Office and the county Probate Judge's Office. This project, and its expansion, was accomplished in collaboration with Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell.

“We are very happy to be a partner with the Secretary of State to provide the new automated services to form a For-Profit Domestic Business Corporation online in Baldwin County.  We feel this will be of great benefit to our many citizens and their efforts to start their new corporations and it will provide a positive economic impact to our county and state,” said Judge Russell.

On August 24, 2017, Baldwin County signed on to provide its citizens the ability to form a Domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) through an online portal on the website of the Alabama Secretary of State. To date, the new service has been a success with more than 186 Domestic LLCs being formed via this new online tool in Baldwin County.  Commencing February 21, 2018, Baldwin County has now included on the same online portal the tool to form a For-Profit Domestic Business Corporation. 

When Secretary Merrill was campaigning to become Alabama’s 53rdSecretary of State, he learned that state filings were delayed up to periods of between five to nine months from the time of receipt in the Secretary of State’s Office. This length of time did not pay respect to Alabama’s working businesses and families and, with that in mind, Secretary Merrill has worked to process business corporation filings on a “same day, no later than next business day” approach. The need to even provide for an expedite fee has virtually been eliminated.

“It is important for the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office to work with all our counties to enhance online business services to benefit Alabamians who wish to form a business corporation.  When business thrives our communities prosper and, with both, the quality of life for all our citizens improves.  Government should never make forming a business difficult. Instead, we should be working to make government work at the speed of business,” said Secretary Merrill.

This process is currently available for domestic limited liability filings and For-Profit Domestic Business Corporations. As time progresses, additional services will be added such as the ability to form online Domestic Nonprofit Corporations, LPs, LLPs, LLLPs and Professional Associations.

All of the electronic services offered by the Secretary of State's Office can be found on the website at under the Business Services app icon.