California to Launch Enhanced bizfile Online Portal System - Delays Expected

The California Secretary of State is launching an enhanced bizfile Online portal, to include Business Entities, on March 29, 2022.   Please take note that in preparation of the launch, the State is taking some of their online filing applications offline temporarily which will result in delays of processing orders.  
  • Beginning March 25th, the State will suspend UCC electronic filing and other online services, including the ability to request business entity documents, until the launch of their new system on March 29th.
  • Any business entity filings, which are submitted via counter service to the Secretary of State's office from March 23rd thru March 28th, will be held by the State and processed once the new system has been launched.
  Unisearch staff are prepared to handle any California service requests received and will be in communication with you regarding your order. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your service representative or contact our California team at

President's Day Holiday Closure

All Unisearch offices will be closed on Monday, February 21st in observance of President's Day.

The following state filing offices will also be closed on February 21st:

Welcome Delaware!

We are excited to announce that Unisearch's location in Dover, Delaware is now open for business and ready to service clients in this popular state!

Chris Scargill leads the team in Delaware.  Along with Chris you will also find Jody Harrington, Barbi Doherty and Catherine Lavish.  This great team is ready to assist you with UCC, Corporate and Registered Agent services.

Contact them today at 866.546.7508 or


Illinois Secretary of State Office Closed to the Public

The Illinois Secretary of State, as a result of the increasing number of COVID cases, announced earlier that their office would be closed to the public January 3, 2022 through January 18, 2022. The State has now announced that they will reopen on January 24th rather than January 18th.
As a reminder, the following is information that will be helpful as we continue to weather the closure.
Corporate Department and Limited Liability Departments:
  • Will continue to process online filings.
  • Will process routine documents Unisearch mails in and return them by mail.
  • Will allow Unisearch to request for both routine and expedite certified copies by email and return them via email.
  • The Departments cannot accept or process any expedited filings or secure ANY file dates since routine filings receive the date of processing. Expedited filings will be held until the Departments re-open.
  • During the closure, penalty and interest will not be assessed on corporations.
UCC Department:
  • Will allow Unisearch to email certified search and copy requests and return them via email.
  • Will continue to process UCC filings Unisearch submits by courier or mail. Filings will receive the date received as the file date if not rejected.
Please note - Since the Departments above will be working on a rotating skeleton crew, processing times may vary. Unisearch will be unable to give anticipated filing dates or turn-around times.
The Unisearch Illinois location has been in contact with the State and are setting procedures internally to best service your needs. We will do our best to provide the best possible service under the circumstances. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Minnesota and New Mexico Added to UCC Explore

Minnesota and New Mexico have been added to our every growing list of available states for searching on UCC Explore, Unisearch's online UCC search system.  Online UCC searches are now available in Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.  If you are not already a subscriber, reach out today for more information and pricing or access more information here.

One Sheet - UCC Explore

Holiday Closures

Many state and county offices will be closed at times during the Holiday season.  Please check with your Unisearch Service Representative for an up to date list of closures.

All Unisearch offices will be closed on December 24th and December 31st to allow our employees to spend time with friends and family.

We wish you a wonderful Holiday Season!


Delaware Year End Delays and Schedule

The Delaware Division of Corporations is experiencing a significant backlog for business filings.  If your transaction requires filing evidence before year end, you will need to consider using a higher priority processing than normal.

  • Delaware business filings may be submitted prior to 12/31 with a 12/31 effective date
  • Delaware business filings may NOT be filed on 12/31 unless arranged prior
  • $2,500 special handling fee to be charged in addition to all customary disbursements
  • The filing will not be processed until the state re-opens on 1/3/22
  • Prepositioning is MANDATORY and at least 24-hours advance notice is requested
  • Please reach out to your service representative for assistance with your year-end filings.

The Division of Corporations will be closed on December 24th and December 31st.

Washington Nonprofit Corporations

In 2021 the Washington State legislature passed new laws for nonprofit corporations.  The new laws go into effect January 1, 2022 and will change nonprofit corporation documents to meet the new requirements under RCW 24.03A.

The Washington Secretary of State's office is currently making significant changes to the online filing process for nonprofit corporations.  While those changes are being implemented, nonprofit corporation filings will not be available online beginning 12/30/21.  Any nonprofit corporation documents needing to be filed in January and February 2022 will need to be filed using paper filing options.

The new nonprofit corporation documents with instructions will be available on 12/28/2021 on the State's website at:  The paper forms are processed in the order received, or an expedited option is available for an additional fee.

Please contact a Unisearch service representative today for assistance.



Veterans Day 2021 Closure

All State and County offices will be closed for observance of the Veterans Day holiday on Thursday, November 11th.  In addition to this, all Unisearch offices will also be closed.

We encourage all to find ways to honor the service of our Veterans and Military Personnel.  We are grateful for the service that has been rendered on our behalf.



Contact Info

Corporate Headquarters
1780 Barnes Boulevard SW
Tumwater, WA 98512-0410

PO Box 11940
Olympia, WA 98508-0708

Phone Number
+1 (360) 956-9500
+1 (800) 722-0708

Fax Numbers
+1 (360) 956-9504
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Saturday - Sunday: Closed

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