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Expedited service from the State Corporation Commission

Posted by Bernard Dietz | Jun 07, 2007 | 0 Comments

Are you in a rush to have your Virginia LLC or Virginia corporation approved or to receive approval to transact business in Virginia?  The typical processing time at the State Corporation Commission is 17-21 days, which may be too long when you have a contract awaiting signature or an opportunity that has a deadline.

To speed things along, you may want to consider expedited services.  Expedited services are available for many business entity documents filed in the Clerk's Office including initial filings by corporations and limited liability companies, applications for authority to transact business in Virginia, amendments, mergers, withdrawals, cancellations, and terminations. The service also includes preclearance of certain documents before they are actually submitted for filing.

Expedited service is not available for filing of UCC financing statements, annual reports, service of process, and requests for copies of recorded documents. Fees range from $50 to $200 depending on the document type and the requested turn around time.

Next day service is available for all elibible documents at an added fee of $100.00.  Same day service is available for eligible documents that are received in the Clerk's Office by 12:00 noon for an added fee of $200.00.  I rarely recommend same day service because in reality the result is not appreciably different for that extra $100 fee. For an additional $25, the Clerk's Office will fax you evidence of an expedited document's filing upon its acceptance.

To request expedited service, you must use the State Corporation Commission's Expedited Service Request Form which can be downloaded from the Clerk's website.  The form has instructions on how to complete it and submit it properly.

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Bernard Dietz

Bernie Dietz is a Virginia lawyer and Virginia business attorney with more than 15 years of experience as both an attorney and a business executive, which gives him a unique view into the special needs of small to medium sized businesses. He has worked in business development, sales, and marketin...


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