Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill Launches Online Business Formation Initiative


Every year, nearly 30,000 new LLCs and corporations are formed in Connecticut.  Until now, customers forming a business had to mail or walk-in their paperwork to the Secretary of the State’s Hartford offices on Trinity Street.  Errors or omissions in the paperwork could lead to rejections or delays. Through Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s recently launched initiative, entrepreneurs can begin the process to form a business in the time it takes to order a cup of coffee. 

If the business is an existing foreign entity that is seeking to file an Application for Certificate of Authority (corps) or Application for Certificate of Registration (LLC’s), the filer will need to have a Certificate of Good Standing or Legal Existence from the home jurisdiction. The certificate can be uploaded to the online filing system.

Customers filing online will need a Visa, MasterCard or Amex to pay the filing fee. As with the traditional paper forms, all forming or registering entities need to designate a Statutory Agent For Service, which must be a person with a residential address in Connecticut or an entity that is duly registered with Secretary of the State. An email for the appointed agent is required so that the designee can affirm her/his acceptance of the appointment.

The appointed agent has 48-business-hour window (weekends not included) to accept or decline the appointment. If the agent fails to reply at all within that 48-business-hour window, the filing is rejected for lack of an agent acceptance.  Otherwise, once the agent or agency is accepted, the formation/registration filing is complete and it gets queued up for human review.

Secretary Merrill is currently promoting the new system with groups supporting entrepreneurship, including MetroHartford Alliance Strategic Partner ReSET Social Enterprise Trust in Hartford. The business formation function joins the Connecticut Online Business Startup Tool, Secretary Merrill’s online tutorial for starting a business in the state.
 
To learn more about Secretary of the State Merrill’s online business formation initiative, please visit: http://www.concord-sots.ct.gov/CONCORD/index.jsp