New Hampshire
Secretary of State

Corporation, UCC and Securities

 

Corporation

UCC Securities Information
For Industry
Securities Information
For Investors
Information

Online Business Services

Service Animals, Pets, and your Business

Maintain Business or Nonprofit

Business Name Lookup

File an Annual Report

Order a Certificate

Forms and Fees

News & Legal Notices

FAQ's

Laws

Contact

 

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Forms and Search Requests

News & Legal Notices

FAQs

Laws

Contact

Licensing Agents

Agent of Issuer

Broker Dealer Registration

State Investment Adviser

Federal Investment Adviser

Canadian Broker-Dealer Application

Registration of Securities

Forms

Fee Schedule

Interpretive Orders and No-Action Letters

Professional Bondsmen

New Hampshire Securities Act

Securities Division Notices and Cases of Interest

Investor Education

Enforcement Actions

File a Complaint

Press Releases

Contact

About Securities Division

Disclaimers

Directions

 

Contact

Send Mail to:
N.H. Department of State
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301-4989

Come visit us:
Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm
State House Annex
25 Capitol Street, 3rd Floor
Concord, NH 03301

Contact Corporation Division for information regarding business registrations, certificates of good standing, trademarks, trade names and other miscellaneous filings.

Telephone Numbers:
Corporation Division - 603-271-3246
Information Line is open from 8:00am - 4:30pm

Annual Report Request Line to order an annual report form:
(Voicemail ONLY) - 603-271-8200

Corporation Division Email Address: corporate@sos.nh.gov
This email address is to be used for all general questions and requests.

Annual Reports Email Address: annualreports@sos.nh.gov
This email address is to be used for general questions regarding annual reports and requests for blank annual report forms only.

Contact UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) for filed documents which perfect security interests in certain personal property used as collateral for loans. These filings help a secured creditor establish priority claims on assets in the event of debtor bankruptcy, insolvency, or default. 

Telephone Number:
UCC Division - 603-271-3276
Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm 

UCC Division Email Address:  ucc@sos.nh.gov
This email address is to be used for all general questions and requests.

Contact Securities Regulation The Bureau licenses securities brokers, broker agents, investment advisers and investment adviser agents and professional bail bondsmen.  In addition, it registers certain securities and approves exemptions from registration in other cases.  The Bureau also investigates complaints about licensees and may take administrative or legal action against persons who violate the New Hampshire securities law.

Telephone Numbers:
603-271-1463
603-271-7933 (fax)

Investor Hotline: 1-800-994-4200

Bureau of Securities Regulation Email Address: securities@sos.nh.gov

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Online Business Services

Starting your business is easy in New Hampshire with QuickStart.  An online solution that lets you not only look for a business name, but also guides you through setting up your business with the Secretary of State in no time.

Create a New Business or Nonprofit


You’re ready to start your new business in New Hampshire, QuickStart is the place to help you get your business registered…

Maintain Business or Nonprofit


Order a Certificate


Please be advised the Corporation Division is now issuing a computer-generated black and white seal on all certificates issued by this office; we are no longer issuing certificates with a raised gold

File an Annual Report


Create An Account


To use NH QuickStart to create your business, you'll need to create a NH QuickStart account, it's easy.

Resources


New Hampshire is a great place to begin a business with resources like the Small Business Development Center to help your business succeed.

Business Status Definitions


Registered Agent List


Service Animals, Pets, and your Business

How should I let the public know my business welcomes service animals, but otherwise do not allow pets on the premises?

To help business owners and managers in complying with applicable laws addressing service animals in public places, the Legislature authorized the Secretary of State and Governor’s Commission on Disability to produce a free decal that can be displayed on the front door or window of your business. The “NOTICE” decal states “Service Animals Welcome”, and that it is illegal to misrepresent a pet as a service animal.” The decal includes an informational brochure for business owners or employees explaining what questions may be asked when an animal is brought onto the premises to determine if it meets the requirements of a service animal.

To request the free decal and information card, please call the Secretary of State’s Corporation Information Line at 603-271-3246, or send us an email at corporate@sos.nh.gov

 

What law about services animals apply to my business?

N.H. RSA Chapter 167-D and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act focus on private businesses who provide goods or services, regardless of size. These private businesses are known as public accommodations.  There are many different types of public accommodations.  A few include retail stores, hotels, restaurants, theaters, dry-cleaners, banks, commercial and professional offices, museums, zoos, day care centers, senior citizen centers, health spas, bowling alleys, and golf courses.

In New Hampshire, no person shall bring any animal into any restaurant or any store that sells food, and no person shall allow any animal to enter in any store that sells food, except for service animals. An exception is made for a restaurant owner’s properly disciplined companion dog inside his or her place of business (see N.H. RSA 466:44). For other types of businesses, the decision to allow or prohibit pets is up each individual business owner or store manager.

 

How do you know if a service animal is really a service animal and not just a pet?

Federal law limits the questions a business owner or employee can ask. When a person with a service animal enters a public facility or place of public accommodation, the person should not be asked about the nature or extent of their disability. Only two questions may be asked:

  1. Is the animal required because of a disability?
  2. What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?

If the answer to the first question is “yes” and the tasks are directly related to the person’s disability, then the animal is a service animal under the ADA.

A public accommodation or facility is not allowed to ask for documentation or proof that the animal has been trained or licensed as a service animal. In addition, service animals are not required to wear a vest or tag identifying them as a service animal. 

 

Are emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals considered service animals under the ADA?

No.  These terms are used to describe animals that provide comfort just by being with a person.  Because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

 

NOTE: There are organizations that sell service animal certification or registration documents online.
These documents do not convey any rights under the ADA, and the U.S. Department of Justice does not
recognize them as proof that a dog is a service animal.

Links and Resources

N.H. Governor’s Commission on Disability

Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

Maintain Business or Nonprofit

NH QuickStart lets you maintain your business online. From filing Annual Reports to Entity changes, simply logon to begin maintaining your business.

File an Annual Report


File a Business Amendment


Register a Trade Name


Change a Business Address


Cancel a Business


Change a Registered Agent or Agents Address


Register a Trademark


Purchase Business Data


Order a Certificate


Please be advised the Corporation Division is now issuing a computer-generated black and white seal on all certificates issued by this office; we are no longer issuing certificates with a raised gold

Business Name Lookup

The N.H. Dept. of State Corporation Division continues to update our databases, web experience and mobile applications.

The legacy search page has been retired and replaced with the NH QuickStart search page.  The QuickStart search now includes all of the data and filed documents that were previously only found on the legacy search page for business entities filed prior to October 1, 2016.  Now you can obtain complete search results, including Business Details and Filings, by searching one database.

Please utilize the link below to create an account or login to New Hampshire QuickStart or to Search Business Names:

quickstart.sos.nh.gov

Name Availability Guidelines


Business Status Definitions


Example of a Consent Letter


File an Annual Report

File an Annual Report with NH Quickstart


Log into your NH Quickstart account or create an account to file your Annual Report or Annual Fee.

One Click Annual Report


If there are no changes to your business or principal information, you can use One Click to file your Annual Report or Annual Fee simply and quickly.

Contact NH SOS for an Annual Report


Request a paper form of your Annual Report, Annual Fee or 2020 Nonprofit Report to be mailed.

File Your 2020 Nonprofit Report with NH Quickstart


Log into your NH Quickstart account or create an account to file your 2020 Nonprofit Report.

One Click Nonprofit Report


If there are no changes to your business or principal information, you can use One Click to file your 2020 Nonprofit Report simply and quickly.

Order a Certificate

Please be advised the Corporation Division is now issuing a computer-generated black and white seal on all certificates issued by this office; we are no longer issuing certificates with a raised gold seal. The new certificates will contain a business ID number along with a certificate number. You may verify the authenticity of the certificate on QuickStart.

 

CUSTOMER ALERT

Businesses are warned if you receive a solicitation letter from a Florida business, NH Certificate Service, that such notices are not from, nor authorized by, the Secretary of State. Read More

One Click Good Standing


If you do not have a NH Quickstart Account you can simply and quickly order a standard good standing certificate online by using the One Click Good Standing.

Order a Good Standing with NH Quickstart


Log into your NH Quickstart account to order a certificate of good standing (short form and long form certificates are available)

Order a Good Standing by mail or in office


Verify a Certificate of Good Standing


Verify the authenticity of the certificate on QuickStart.

Forms and Fees

The Corporation Division is responsible for the statutory filing of business entities, trademarks, trade names, and other miscellaneous filings. The Division is responsible for recording all required information regarding business entities operating in New Hampshire and making this information available to the public. This Division is a filing agency. If you are a business customer who requires legal or other professional advice, please seek assistance from an attorney, accountant, or other professional to assist you.

Domestic and Foreign Corporation


RSA 293-A, RSA 294-A, RSA 293-C

Domestic and Foreign Limited Liability Company


RSA 304-C, RSA 304-D

Domestic and Foreign Limited Liability Partnerships


RSA 304-A

Domestic and Foreign Nonprofit Corporation


RSA 292

Trade Name Forms and Laws


RSA 349

Domestic (N.H.) Investment Trust Forms and Laws


RSA 293-B

Domestic and Foreign Limited Partnership


RSA 304-B

Domestic and Foreign Foundation


RSA 564-F

Domestic and Foreign Miscellaneous Forms


RSA 301, RSA 301-A. RSA 305-A

Trademark - Servicemark Forms and Laws


RSA 350-A

News & Legal Notices

Legal Notices


News


A person conducting business under any name other than his/her own legal name must register. For example, John D. Smith doing business as "John D. Smith" does not have to register; however, if he conducts business as "John Smith Enterprises" he does have to register as "Enterprises" is not part of his legal name.

You do not have the authority to conduct any business (including advertising) under any name, other than your own personal legal name, until that name is registered with this office.
Not registering your business name can have consequences when dealing with people, government agencies, institutions, and other entities with which you do business.

Registration forms required for this office are available for downloading here under Forms and Laws, seen also under the navigation bar at left. For assistance, we recommend contacting the N.H. Small Business Development Center, the N.H. Division of Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration (New Hampshire District office: 603-225-1400).

The structure your business assumes is important in determining your limitations and liabilities. If you are unsure of what entity would be most beneficial for your business, your accountant or attorney can help you decide what type of business structure best fits your needs.

On-line registration is available via NH QuickStart https://quickstart.sos.nh.gov/online/account.

If you are using an Apple product and encounter issues using NH QuickStart, contact Apple Customer Service and give them this website’s URL address for assistance: https://quickstart.sos.nh.gov/online/account.

You may search for an existing business registration by accessing Business Name Lookup.

Name availability, however, is determined by Corporation Division staff upon the receipt of a business registration and is not a service available online.

We will provide a unique number assigned to each business entity that registers with the State of New Hampshire.

NOTE: To apply for a Federal or Employer ID Number (FEIN), you must contact the Internal Revenue Service.

Copies may be ordered in writing or by visiting the NH Secretary of State, Corporation Division, or downloaded from this website by going to Business Name Lookup. To access the business, click on filed documents and print out copies for your use at no charge. For documents otherwise ordered from this office, the process is as follows:

  • Plain copies are without charge for the first 20 pages. Requests that exceed 20 pages cost $.50 per page beginning from page one.
  • Certified copies are $1.00 per page and $5.00 for the Certified Jacket. The Secretary of State’s office will invoice for this service.
  • Certificates of Good Standing are $5.00 each and must be pre-paid.
  • Expedited service is available in the office for an additional $25.00.

If you are unable to find the status of your registration online through NH QuickStart, you may call our information line at 603-271-3246 between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or email us at: corporate@sos.nh.gov.

You must provide the name you are registering and the date you filed the request, including how the submission was made (online, U.S. mail or hand-delivered to our office).

This information is available online under Business Name Lookup and by viewing the business’s most recently filed annual report by clicking on “Filed Documents.”

We accept check, money order, pre-established ACH account or cash payment.

Cash will only be accepted if payment is in the exact amount owed. Checks should be made payable to the "NH Department of State".

Credit card payment is accepted for on-line filing of annual reports or business registrations through NH QuickStart (MasterCard, VISA and Discover).

Please note: At this time, we cannot accept credit cards with an address outside of the United States.

To establish an ACH (Automated Clearing House) account to directly debit a checking account, complete the ACH Authorization Agreement and mail the original to the address on the bottom of the form. Please note that this process takes approximately two weeks to complete.  Any questions regarding ACH accounts should be directed to the accounting office at 603-271-3242.

The Corporation Division office is open for business for walk-in customers from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our telephone lines are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please refer to the NH Department of Revenue Administration at (603) 230-5000. Website:
http://www.revenue.nh.gov/assistance/resale-exempt-certs.htm

No. An application for reservation of name (Form 1) is not to be filed at the same time as the Certificate of Formation or Articles of Incorporation.

A reservation of name is filed prior to the filing of the Certificate of Formation or Articles of Incorporation, to:

A.) Insure the name is available prior to completing the Certificate of Formation, Articles of Incorporation or other documentation.

In the event the name is not available, the need to rewrite the forms and other documentation is avoided.

B.) Hold the name (if available) for a period of 120 days to allow that amount of time for the preparation of the documents, without the danger of losing the name.

Note: Name reservations cannot be filed for a Trade Name or Nonprofit Corporation.

Once the Certificate of Formation or Articles of Incorporation have been filed, the business name is registered and protected as long as the LLC or Corporation remains active on our records.

No. Names cannot be reserved for Nonprofits or Trade Names prior to filing the documents.

A reservation of name is used for a Limited Liability Company, For-Profit Corporation, Limited Liability Partnership, Limited Partnership or New Hampshire Investment Trust name.

No. Bylaws and operating agreements are not filed in this office, mission statements, however, are required.

Note: The Secretary of State’s office only files Articles of Agreement (for a Nonprofit Corporation), Articles of Incorporation (for a For-Profit Corporation) and Certificates of Formation (for a Limited Liability Company).

Acknowledgements will be mailed to the address of the person or business filing the documents. Office policy currently is to send returns to the payor listed on the check. If the address of the check is not up-to-date, or another address is preferred, a letter so stating must be submitted with the filing.

Tax exempt status [such as 501 C(3)], is obtained through the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The NH Department of Justice, Charitable Trust Division may also require notification.

You must file a Certificate of Conversion, together with a Certificate of Formation. Both forms with their fees must be submitted together.

No. This must be accomplished by initiating a merger. When a Limited Liability Company has already been formed, it cannot be re-created as a result of a conversion.

Yes. Current law allows for a NH Limited Liability Company to convert to a NH Corporation under the Business Corporation Act (RSA 293-A).

There is no further certification required with this office, however, there may be a requirement for a license or certificate from another agency.

Follow this link to the New Hampshire Employment Security website to review whether you need additional licensing or certification to do business in New Hampshire.

Corporation, Professional Corporation, *Benefit Corporation, *Professional Benefit Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Professional Limited Liability Company, Consumer Cooperative, Business Trust 

An annual report and filing fee for these business types is due by April 1st of each year following the year of registration.

*An annual benefit report and filing fee is also due 120 days from the Benefit Corporation’s fiscal year end date. 

Investment Trust, Limited Liability Partnership, Agricultural Cooperative  An annual filing fee for these business types is due by April 1st of each year following the year of registration. 
Trade Name  Must be renewed every five (5) years to remain active. 
Nonprofit  A report and filing fee for these business types is due by December 31st every five (5) years pursuant to RSA 292. 

Go to Business Name Lookup and enter the name of your business. The Business ID Number (BIN) will appear in the information provided. Copy the Business ID Number (BIN) and go to File Annual Reports Online and either file your report online or print the annual report form to be signed and mailed in.

These two numbers are the same and identify businesses registered to operate in New Hampshire. They are assigned by our office, the Corporation Division, NH Department of State.

No. A Business ID Number, in this context, is assigned by the Corporation Division of the NH Department of State (this office) when the business is filed with us.

The Federal ID Number or Employer ID Number is a separate number which is assigned by the US Internal Revenue Service.

You cannot use these numbers to file your annual report. You need to use the Business ID Number which was assigned by this office (Corporation Division, NH Department of State) when the business was filed.

The Business ID Number is printed on the Annual Report notice that was sent to you. If you do not know the Business ID Number, go to Business Name Lookup and enter the name of the business. The Business ID Number (BIN) will appear in the information that is populated.

Go to Business Name Lookup, enter the name of your business. You will see a link that will allow you to view the annual report.

You should also check your correspondence folder (inbox) on your NH QuickStart account.

If the annual report is not available online, contact our office at 603-271-3246 between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or email us at: corporate@sos.nh.gov and we will send a copy to yo

We currently accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover credit cards.

Yes, we accept credit cards both online and in our office. If you file at our office in person Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., you may use VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX or DISCOVER in addition to cash (exact amount), check or money order.

If you mail the form to us, you must pay by check or money order, payable to “NH Department of State”.

Please make your check or money order payable to “NH Department of State.”

A copy of your invoice will appear in the NH QuickStart receipts mailbox as confirmation of the filing. Otherwise, contact our office via email at annualreports@sos.nh.gov for assistance.

Yes. By law, a completed annual report must be filed each year. You may not state “no change” or reference the previous year. The information must be completed with full information as of January 1st of each year.

No. The information must be completed with full information as of January 1st of each year.

Please contact our office. You must provide proof of filing, such as a photocopy of the front and back of the canceled check, a credit card receipt or a print-out of online confirmation, so we can research our records.

Yes. You can file this year’s annual report and fees at a later date but be advised it must be filed by April 1st of the year it is due or a late fee will be assessed.

Yes. You can file both years’ reports online in succession. File last year’s, then go back in and repeat the process for the current year.

No. You must file last year’s report and fees first before you can file the current year’s annual report. You cannot skip a year.

Domestic (In-State) registrations that require an annual report or annual fee will be placed into a status of “Not in Good Standing” if an annual report is not filed and paid by April 1st of each year. After failing to file for two consecutive years, the business will be “Administratively Dissolved” by our office.

Foreign (Out of State) registrations that require an annual report or annual fee will be placed into a status of “Not in Good Standing” if an annual report is not filed and paid by April 1st of each year. After failing to file the current year’s annual report or annual fee, the business will be “Administratively Suspended” by our office.

Domestic and Foreign Nonprofits require a Nonprofit Report and fee due by December 31st every five years. Nonprofit registrations that do not file the Nonprofit return and fee will be “Administratively Dissolved” or “Administratively Suspended” by our office.

Business registrations that have been “Administratively Dissolved” or “Administratively Suspended” will not have the authority to transact business in the State of New Hampshire. Contact our office if your business registration is Administratively Dissolved or Suspended for information about possible actions you may pursue.

No. The annual report must be accompanied by the full fee due.

No. The annual report is due April 1st of each year and a late fee of $50.00 will be assessed for reports and fees received after April 1st.

You must submit all changes in writing on company letterhead or by email to annualreports@sos.nh.gov.

If you need to change the business purpose of record (nature of business), an amendment for most business types must be filed with this office. These forms can be obtained through Forms & Laws on our website.

Contact our office to inquire whether your business type requires an amendment to change the business purpose.

The business name cannot be changed on the annual report form. To change the business name, you must file an amendment form which can be obtained through Forms & Laws on our website.

You must file a separate Registered Agent and/or Registered Office information change form to make changes. This form can be obtained through Forms & Laws on our website.

No. The information on the annual report is as of January 1st of that year. Any changes to the registered agent (name and/or address) must be filed as they occur using this form with the appropriate fee.

If, however, a change of Registered Agent and/or Address occurs at the time you submit your annual report between January 1st and April 1st of the year it is due, and if the change of information is submitted in conjunction with, and not separate from, the annual report, the fee for the Registered Agent and/or Address alone is waived.

Note: If the change is submitted apart from the annual report filing, or if the change is included with an annual report filing after the April 1 deadline, the Registered Agent fee of $15 is not waived and late fees may apply.

Yes. If your business application is rejected we will automatically reverse the credit card charge or send a refund check to the applicant, including the registered owner of the ACH Account, if used to pay for the application.

Yes. You may use NH QuickStart to submit a new application once you correct the deficiencies that resulted in the rejection of your initial request. You will be required to submit payment again because the original request was credited or refunded.

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Laws

Corporation Division


State of New Hampshire Revised Statutes

Trademark - Servicemark Laws


NH Model State Trademark Act RSA 350-A

Insignia Laws


Registration of Insignia RSA 302

Cable Franchise Laws


Franchising and Regulation of Cable Television Systems by Cities and Towns RSA 53-C

Service of Writs


RSA 510:4 Nonresident Defendant

Contact

Send Mail to:
Corporation Division
N.H. Department of State
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301-4989

Come visit us:
Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm
State House Annex, Room 317
25 Capitol Street, 3rd Floor
Concord, NH 03301

Telephone Numbers:
Corporation Division - 603-271-3246
Information Line is open from 8:00am - 4:30pm

Annual Report Request Line to order an annual report form:
(Voicemail ONLY) - 603-271-8200

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Corporation Division Email Address: corporate@sos.nh.gov
This email address is to be used for all general questions and requests.

Annual Reports Email Address: annualreports@sos.nh.gov
This email address is to be used for general questions regarding annual reports and requests for blank annual report forms only.