Do I Need a Secretary of State ID Number in North Carolina?

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When you create a sole proprietorship or partnership and register with your county register of deeds, you will not receive an identification number from the North Carolina Secretary of State. Creating a company with limited liability such as a corporation, limited-liability company or limited-liability partnership will require registration with the North Carolina Secretary of State. Companies of this type that operate in North Carolina but were formed in other states will also need to register with the Secretary of State's Office. Registering with this office will create a North Carolina Secretary of State Identification Number.

Registering With the NC Secretary of State

  • File the articles of incorporation, articles of organization, certificate of authority or other relevant registration form from the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office by turning completed forms in to the office either by mail to Corporations Division, PO Box 29622 Raleigh, NC 27626-0622, or in person to 2 South Salisbury St. Raleigh, NC 27601-2903. After you register your company, it will be assigned a North Carolina Secretary of State ID Number.

State Tax Registration

  • When you register with the North Carolina Department of Revenue, you will need a Secretary of State Identification Number for your application. You will receive an account number to pay your company's income state withholding tax; sales and use taxes; and machinery, equipment, and manufacturing fuel taxes.

State Contract Pursuits

  • As you pursue contracts with different state agencies, you may need to include the Secretary of State ID Number on your registration with each agency of interest. Agencies that request this number include members of the University of North Carolina System, county governments, city governments and others.

Dissolution

  • You may decide to shut down and dissolve your company. Also, your company may be dissolved if you fall out of compliance with your duties to keep your records current through filing annual report with the North Carolina Secretary of State or paying taxes with the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Your Secretary of State ID number will remain archived with the company's registration on record with the state.

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