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RPOSE: to request a Certificate of Existence for an entity indexed
or registered by the Office of the Alabama Secretary of State. Only
one entity’s certificate can be ordered on this form. Use a separate
form for each separate Entity Identification (ID) Number.
his is not a Certificate of Compliance (Good Standing) request. That
document is issued by the Alabama Department of Revenue and can
be ordered on their website at
NSTRUCTIONS: Mail one (1) signed original and one (1) copy of
this completed form along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope
with the filing fee of $25.00 (credit card, check, or money order) to the
Secretary of State, Business Services, P.O. Box 5616, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5616.
This form must be typed
and will not be accepted via email.
1. Alabama Entity ID Number (Format: 000-000): - INSTRUCTION TO OBTAIN ID
NUMBER TO COMPLETE FORM: If you do not have this number immediately available, you may obtain it on
website at Click Business Services (below picture), click Business Entity Search, search
by entity name. The six (6) digit number containing a dash to the left of the name is the entity ID number. If you
click on that number, you can check the details page to make certain that you have the correct entity – this verification
step is strongly recommended.
2. The certificate of existence is to be forwarded to:
Mailing Address/Standard USPS (If the certificate is to be held for pick-up, type HOLD FOR PICK-UP here or it will be mailed.) Certificates
will not be returned via email since they are available online.
All documents are mailed standard USPS unless envelopes with special postage or overnight courier envelopes are
included with the request. Any overnight courier envelopes must have a completed air bill with the billing information
completed with no reference to the Secretary of State’s Office address and clearly marked “bill recipient.” Air bills
showing SOS address will be discarded and regular USPS will be used.
Credit Card Payment Option:
Card Type: (Visa, MC, Discover & AmEx)
Expiration Mo/Yr: /
Street or PO City State Zip
Card Number:
Card Holder Name:
Complete Billing Address:
Signature of Card Holder:
Application for COE – 1/2021
(For SOS Office Use Only)
Application for COE – 1/2021
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Prepaid Account Option:
Name of Account: Acct. Number:
Authorized Signature:
Standard Processing: The fee is $25.00 for all entity types. All applications will be processed in the order in which they are
mmediate Processing: You may acquire a Certificate of Existence online at
Click on Business Services
(under picture), Scroll down to Certificate of Existence. The online service must be paid by credit card and is $28.00 for non-
subscribers offering immediate processing (printed on your computer in your office the certificate bears the seal and an
authentication number on the face of the document and prints with gold accents on a color printer).
ailing Address:
You may mail your request to the Office of the Alabama Secretary of State, Business Services Division/ Business Entities at PO Box
5616, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5616. You may use this form to use your Credit Card or prepaid account, or enclose a check or
money order for payment of the fees. We are unable to receipt for standard mail. If you need a receipt that your request Application
was received you will need to use a courier service or certified/registered mail, requiring a signature.
he overnight courier address is Office of the Alabama Secretary of State, Business Services Division/ Business Entities, RSA Plaza
Building, 770 Washington Avenue, Suite 580, Montgomery, Alabama, 36104. Please use this address only for courier, the PO Box
address is a more secure method of delivery for regular mail.
Applications for Certificate of Existence are only accepted via mail, courier, or electronic online processing. Telephone or email
applications will not be processed.