Connecticut - Order a copy of Certificate of Organization

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Connecticut LLC
Certificate of Organization (copies)

How to form an LLC in Connecticut
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Connecticut.

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Connecticut LLC costs:
Connecticut state fee: $120 (one-time fee)
Annual report: $20 (every year)

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Note: In 2017 the Connecticut Secretary of State made a series of amendments to their LLC laws. One of those amendments changed the name of “Articles of Organization” to “Certificate of Organization“.

If you form your Connecticut LLC by mail, the Secretary of State will not mail you a copy of your approved Certificate of Organization.

If you form your Connecticut LLC online, Secretary of State will email you a copy of your approved Certificate of Organization.

I know it’s weird to only a get a copy of the Certificate of Organization if you file online, but that is how the state does things.

Whether you filed your Certificate of Organization by mail or online, you may need a copy of your documents for the following reasons:

  • opening a bank account
  • obtaining financing
  • bringing on investors
  • signing a lease
  • for other secretaries of state (if registering your CT business in another state)
  • you just need a copy (since you filed by mail and the state didn’t send you one)

When ordering a copy of your Certificate of Organization from the state, you have two options:

1. Plain Copy ($40)

A Plain Copy sounds just like it is. It’s pretty much a regular copy of your Certificate of Organization filed with the state. It shows the “file number”, which references where in their books it was filed (but there is no official state stamp or seal on the document).

2. Certified Copy ($55)

A Certified Copy is a more official document with the state’s stamp and seal, showing proof of authenticity.

Tip: if you’re not sure whether you need a Plain Copy or a Certified Copy, check with the person/company requesting it. If you’re still unsure, just pay the extra $15 and get a Certified Copy. A Certified Copy will always be accepted. A Plain Copy may or may not be accepted.

Certificate of Organization (Plain Copy)

1. Download and complete the Request for Plain Copy Form.

2. Prepare a Check or Money Order for $40, made payable to “Secretary of the State”.

3. Mail your request form and payment to:

Business Services Division
CT Secretary of the State
PO BOX 150470
Hartford, CT 06115-0470

Certificate of Organization (Certified Copy)

1. Download and complete the Request for Certified Copy Form.

2. Prepare a Check or Money Order for $55, made payable to “Secretary of the State”.

3. Mail your request form and payment to:

Business Services Division
CT Secretary of the State
PO BOX 150470
Hartford, CT 06115-0470

Request Copies by Fax

If you prefer to submit your request to the state using a fax, you can alternatively complete the Fax Filing Service Request form and fax it to the state at 860-509-6069. You’ll need to make payment with a debit or credit card by entering your card details on the form.

Please note, that your copy (whether plain or certified) will only be returned by mail. The state will not fax anything back to you.

Processing Time

It will take the state 3-5 business days to process your request, which means you’ll receive your copy back in about 1 week (taking into account mail times).

Connecticut Secretary of State

If you have any questions about an order you placed with the Connecticut Secretary of State, you can contact them at 860-509-6002. Their hours are 8am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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4 Comments

  1. Ilirian Balla November 14, 2017

    Very helpful, thank you.

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    • Matt Horwitz November 14, 2017

      You’re very welcome Ilirian!

      reply
  2. Tiffani November 2, 2018

    The link is broken for the fax method, is that no longer an option?

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    • Matt Horwitz November 22, 2018

      Hi Tiffani, thank you for letting us know. We’ve fixed the broken link. That method is still available. Hope that helps.

      reply

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