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Did you know that as of January 1, 2024, the Corporate Transparency Act enacted by Congress requires many companies to report beneficial ownership information to the US Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)? Beneficial ownership information (BOI), as defined by FinCEN, is identifying information about the individuals who directly or indirectly own or control a company. Please review the BOI links on our website to see if you are required to report to FinCEN.

Business Entities

The Secretary of State’s Office administers corporate filings for corporations, nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and limited liability partnerships.

Click to find out more: S.C. Code of Laws, Title 33- Corporations, Partnerships, and Associations.


Entity Type Relevant Statutes
Business Corporations §33-1-101 to §33-20-105
Statutory Close Corporations §33-18-101 et seq.
Professional Corporations §33-19-101 et seq.
Nonprofit Corporations §33-31-101 et seq.
Limited Liability Companies §33-44-101 et seq.
Limited Partnerships §33-42-101 et seq.
Limited Liability Partnerships §33-41-1110 et seq.


In addition to filing online, the public may access forms in PDF format in the Business Filings Online system.

Sole proprietorships and general partnerships do not file with the Secretary of State’s Office.

Please note, the Secretary of State’s Office does not have the names or addresses of a company’s officers or directors. For this information, please contact the Department of Revenue at (844) 898-8542.

Other questions? Review the frequently asked questions about Business Entities.