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May 20 2020

Coronavirus Updates by US Jurisdiction

by John Gordon | 21:05 GMT

Corporate Filing Offices

State filing offices are all open across the US, including DC, but expedited services are no longer available in many states.

Internal Revenue Service

Obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN, or federal tax number) through the online process is still working, but if the Responsible Person applying for an EIN does not have a Social Security Number or ITIN, then the new company must wait until the International office reopens. They are currently not responding to phone, fax or email queries or applications.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on people and the economy worldwide. As the pandemic continues to impact almost every part of our lives, there are going to be major opportunities for new startup companies. Companies launched during such times tend to be more substantial and flexible. Time is on your side and now is the right time to start planning and take actions on your company formation.

Secretary of State Closures

Alaska

Counter service suspended. Online services, mail, FedEx, and UPS remain available. For more information visit the State of Alaska website. https://covid19.alaska.gov/

Alabama

Operating with limited staff. For more information visit Alabama Secretary of State website. https://www.alabamainteractive.org/sos/welcome.action

Arizona 

Counter service has been suspended. Online service remains available. For more information visit State of Arizona Secretary of State website AZ SOS has suspended expedited services for UCC Filings, UCC11 Certified Searches and UCC Copies.  For more information visit Arizona Secretary of State website. https://azsos.gov/business/uniform-commercial-code-ucc

Arkansas

Counter service has been suspended. Online service remains available. For more information visit Arkansas Secretary of State website. https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/business-commercial-services-bcs

California

Counter service suspended. No expedited services for corporate filings. For more information visit California Secretary of State website. https://www.sos.ca.gov/administration/covid-19/

Colorado

Counter service suspended. Online service remains available. For more information visit Colorado Department of Revenue website. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/tax/COVID-19-Updates

Connecticut 

Counter service has been suspended. No expedited service is available. For more information visit Connecticut’s Official State Website. https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Business-Services/BSD

Delaware 

Counter service has been suspended. Online services remain available. For more information visit https://corp.delaware.gov/more-info/.

District of Columbia 

Counter Service Suspended. Online services are encouraged.  For more information visit.  https://otr.cfo.dc.gov/

Florida

Counter service suspended. Online service remains available. For more information visit Florida Department of State website. https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/

Georgia 

Counter service suspended. Expedited services remain available. For more information visit Georgia Secretary of State website. https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/corporations

Hawaii

Business Services are closed. Online services remain available. Mail, UPS, FedEx, email, and faxed requests will be delayed until after the building re-opens. https://cca.hawaii.gov/breg/

Idaho

Counter service suspended. Online and email services remain available. Expedited services remain available. For more information visit Idaho Secretary of State’s website. https://sos.idaho.gov/coronavirus/

Illinois 

Counter service has been suspended. For more information visit State of Illinois website. https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/

Indiana

The IN SOS remains open, with limited staffing and resources. Counter service has been suspended, with appointments required for all walk-in service. Online services remain available. Email is available for business entity filings which cannot be completed online. Mail/UPS/FedEx remain available. For more information visit https://www.in.gov/sos/business/.

Iowa

Counter service suspended. Online and email services remain available. For more information visit Iowa Secretary of State’s website. https://sos.iowa.gov/TemporaryClosure.html

Kansas

Counter service suspended. Online service remains available. For more information visit the State of Kansas Office of the State of Secretary website. https://sos.kansas.gov/covid-19-information/

Kentucky 

Counter service has been suspended; Online service and email requests remain.  For more information visit https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19.

Louisiana

Counter service has been suspended. Online and email requests remain available. For more information visit Louisiana Secretary of State website. https://www.sos.la.gov/BusinessServices/COVID-19Resources/Pages/default.aspx

Maine

Counter service has been suspended. A drop box is available. Online services and requests sent by email, mail, or UPS/FedEx remain available. For more information visit Maine Department of the Secretary of State website. https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/corp/

Maryland

https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business

https://www.marylandtaxes.gov/covid/

Massachusetts 

The MA SOS remains open, with limited staffing and resources. For more information visit https://www.sec.state.ma.us/sct/covid-19/covid-19idx.htm.

Michigan

Counter Service suspended. Online services remain available. For more information visit https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_61343_35413—,00.html.

Minnesota

Counter service suspended.Online services remain available. For more information visit Minnesota Secretary of State website. https://www.sos.state.mn.us/about-the-office/about-the-office/covid-19/

Missouri

Counter Service suspended. Online services remain available. For more information visit Missouri Secretary of State website. https://www.sos.mo.gov/business

Mississippi

Counter service suspended. Online service remains available. For more information visit the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website. https://www.sos.ms.gov/BusinessServices/Pages/default.aspx

Montana

The MT Business Services Division remains open with limited staff. For more information visit Montana Secretary of State website. https://sosmt.gov/business/.

Nebraska

Counter Service has been suspended. Online services remain available. Emergency apostille needs may be handled by appointment. For more information visit Nebraska Secretary of State website. https://sos.nebraska.gov/covid-19-information

Nevada

Counter service suspended. Online services remain available. For more information visit Nevada Secretary of State website. https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/sos-information/covid-19-information

New Hampshire

Counter service has been suspended. Online services, mail, FedEx, and UPS remain available. For more information visit New Hampshire Secretary of State website. https://sos.nh.gov/.

New Jersey

Counter Service has been suspended. Online services, mail, FedEx, UPS remain available. For more information visit the Official site of the State of New Jersey. https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/covid19.shtml.

New York

Counter service and fax requests suspended at Division of Corporations. Online services, mail, FedEx, UPS remain available. For more information visit New York department of State website.  https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/examination-cancellations.html

Additional coronavirus resources for New York State

New Mexico

Counter service has been suspended. Online services remain available. For more information visit New Mexico Secretary of State website. https://www.sos.state.nm.us/

North Carolina 

Counter Service has been suspended. Online services remain available. For more information visit North Carolina Secretary of State website. https://www.sosnc.gov/divisions/business_registration

North Dakota

Counter service is by appointment only. Agent access, online services, Drop Box, mail, UPS and FedEx remain available. For more information visit North Dakota State Government website. https://ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources/covid-19-business-and-employer-resources

Ohio

The Secretary of State’s Client Service Center is open and serving walk-in customers from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To comply with Governor DeWine’s directive, customers are encouraged to wear a facial covering and follow social distancing guidelines. For more information visit Ohio Secretary of State website.

https://www.ohiosos.gov/businesses/

Oklahoma

Counter service has been suspended. Online services remain available. For more information visit Oklahoma Secretary of State website. https://www.sos.ok.gov

Oregon

Counter service has been suspended. Online service remains available. For more information visit Oregon Secretary of State website. https://sos.oregon.gov/Pages/covid-19.aspx

Pennsylvania

Counter service has been suspended. Online service remains available. For more information visit Pennsylvania Department of State website. https://www.dos.pa.gov/BusinessCharities/Business/Pages/default.aspx

Rhode Island 

Counter service has been suspended. Online services remain available. For more information visit Rhode Island Department of State website. https://www.sos.ri.gov/divisions/business-services

South Carolina 

Counter service has been suspended. Online services remain available. For more information visit South Carolina Secretary of State website. https://sos.sc.gov/

South Dakota 

Counter service has been suspended. Online services, email, mail, FedEx, and UPS remain available. For more information visit South Dakota Secretary of State website. https://sdsos.gov/business-services/default.aspx

Tennessee

Counter service has been suspended. Online services remain available. For more information visit Tennessee Secretary of State website. https://sos.tn.gov/

Texas

Counter service has been suspended.  Mail, Fax, UPS, FedEx remain available. Online services remain available. For more information visit Texas Secretary of State website. https://www.sos.state.tx.us/

Utah

Counter service has been suspended. Online services are available. For more information visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/business/.

Vermont

Counter service has been suspended. Online services are available. For more information visit Vermont Secretary of State website. https://sos.vermont.gov/corporations/fees/covid-19-response/

Virginia

Counter service has been suspended. Online services are available. For more information visit Commonwealth of Virginia Website. https://www.scc.virginia.gov/

Washington

Counter service has been suspended. Online and email services remain available. For more information visit Secretary of State website. https://www.sos.wa.gov/office/covid-19-response.aspx

West Virginia 

Counter service has been suspended. Online services remain available. Expedite service is now available for Business Division filings. Available in 24-hour, 2-hour and 1-hour expedite times, this service is available for an additional fee (in addition to the regular filing fee, where applicable) for both paper and online filings. For more information visit West Virginia Secretary of State website. https://sos.wv.gov/business/Pages/default.aspx

Wisconsin

Counter service has been suspended again. Online services, email, mail, FedEx and UPS remain available. The Office of the Secretary of State processes requests for apostilles and authentications.  The fee for standard service (3-5 day processing time) is $10 per document. Expedited service is offered to assist those who have serious emergencies.  This service (1-2 day processing time) is available for $35 per document. For more information visit the Office of the Secretary of State of Wisconsin website.  https://sos.wi.gov/

Wyoming

Counter service is limited. Online services, telephone, mail, email, FedEx, and UPS remain available. For more information visit Wyoming Secretary of State website. https://wyobiz.wyo.gov/Business/Default.aspx

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