For Immediate Release
August 24, 2017 MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce a new online filing tool for businesses to submit filing documentation online to the Secretary of State's Office and the County Probate Judge's Office. This project has been completed in collaboration with Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell.
"Baldwin County is pleased to be the first in another area. We pride ourselves on being an example to the other 66 counties in the state as to how to efficiently and effectively serve the needs of all our residents," said Judge Russell.
As additional counties express interest they will be added at that time.
"Any opportunity we have to provide expedited services keeping Alabamians at work and reducing red tape we want to take advantage of those opportunities," said Secretary Merrill.
When Secretary Merrill was campaigning he learned that state filings were delayed more than 30 weeks from the time of receipt. Since taking office the efforts made by Secretary Merrill and his team have removed years of excessive red tape which was constricting the procedure. The most significant change, has been a new requirement that all checks must be deposited on the date received in the Office of Secretary of State. These changes to the process allowed staff to reduce the delayed processing time down to same day processing on all business filing documents that are filed with the office.
Despite bringing the processing time for documents filed with the Secretary of State's Office to same-day processing for 61 consecutive weeks with 25% fewer staff and $1.7 million dollars in savings, Secretary Merrill was not satisfied that we were doing enough to expedite these bureaucratic processes.
"We needed to continue to modernize the process if we wanted to truly use all of the resources available to us. The next step was taking the process online; empowering Alabamians to spend more time focusing on the development of their business which in turn will bring more economic growth to our great state," said Secretary Merrill. He continued by saying, "We want the people of Alabama to know that Alabama no longer moves at the speed of government, but now it moves at the speed of business."
This process is currently available for domestic limited liability filings. Following a brief trial period additional services will be added: Domestic Business/Nonprofit Corporations, LPs, LLPs, LLLPs and Professional Associations.
All of the electronic services offered by the Secretary of State's Office can be found on the website at sos.alabama.gov under the Business Services app icon.