North Carolina Statutes

Chapter 55D Filings, Names, and Registered Agents for Corporations, Nonprofit Corporations, and Partnerships

Article 1 - General Provisions.

Article 2 - Submission of Documents to the Secretary of State for Filing.

  • § 55D-10   Filing requirements
    (a) To be entitled to filing by the Secretary of State under Chapter 55, 55A, 55B, 57C, or 59 of the General Statutes, a document...
  • § 55D-11   Expedited filings
    A person submitting a document for filing may request an expedited filing only at the time the document is submitted. The Secretary of State shall...
  • § 55D-12   Advisory review of documents
    Upon request, the Secretary of State shall review a document prior to its submission for filing to determine whether it satisfies applicable filing requirements. Submission...
  • § 55D-13   Effective time and date of document
    (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section and in G.S. 55D‑14, a document accepted for filing is effective: (1) At the time...
  • § 55D-14   Correcting filed document
    (a) A person on whose behalf a document was filed in the Office of the Secretary of State may correct that document if it (i)...
  • § 55D-15   Filing duty of Secretary of State
    (a) If a document delivered to the office of the Secretary of State for filing satisfies the requirements of this Chapter and of Chapter 55,...
  • § 55D-16   Appeal from Secretary of State's refusal to file document
    (a) If the Secretary of State refuses to file a document delivered to the Secretary of State's office for filing, the person on whose behalf...
  • § 55D-17   Evidentiary effect of copy of filed document
    A certificate attached to a copy of a document filed by the Secretary of State, bearing the Secretary of State's signature and the seal of...
  • § 55D-18   Penalty for signing false document
    (a) A person commits an offense if the person signs a document the person knows is false in any material respect with intent that the...
  • § 55D-19   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 3 - Names.

  • § 55D-20   Name requirements
    (a) In addition to the requirements of any other applicable section of the General Statutes: (1) The name of a corporation must contain the word...
  • § 55D-21   Entity names on the records of the Secretary of State; availability
    (a) The following entities are subject to this section: (1) Domestic corporations, nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and registered limited liability partnerships. (2)...
  • § 55D-22   Names of foreign entities
    (a) If the name of a foreign corporation, foreign nonprofit corporation, foreign limited liability company, foreign limited partnership, or foreign limited liability partnership does not...
  • § 55D-23   Reserved name
    (a) A person may reserve the exclusive use of a name for an entity, including a fictitious name for a foreign corporation, foreign nonprofit corporation,...
  • § 55D-24   Registered name
    (a) A foreign corporation, foreign nonprofit corporation, foreign limited liability company, foreign limited partnership, or foreign limited liability partnership may register its name, or its...
  • § 55D-25   Reserved and registered names; powers of the Secretary of State
    The Secretary of State may revoke any reservation or registration of a name if the Secretary of State: (1) Gives written notice by registered or...
  • § 55D-26   Real property records
    (a) A certificate issued by the Secretary of State as described in subsection (b) of this section must be recorded when: (1) The name of...
  • § 55D-27 through 55D-29   Reserved for future codification purposes

Article 4 - Registered Office and Registered Agent.

  • § 55D-30   Registered office and registered agent required
    (a) Each domestic corporation, nonprofit corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, and limited liability partnership, each foreign limited liability partnership maintaining a statement of foreign...
  • § 55D-31   Change of registered office or registered agent
    (a) An entity required to maintain a registered office and registered agent under G.S. 55D‑30 may change its registered office or registered agent by delivering...
  • § 55D-32   Resignation of registered agent
    (a) The registered agent of an entity may resign by signing and filing with the Secretary of State a statement of resignation which may include...
  • § 55D-33   Service on entities
    (a) Service of process, notice or demand required or permitted by law to be served on an entity may be served on the registered agent...