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ATTENTION! SCC eFile and the Clerk's Information System (CIS) will not be available for use on Monday, October 20. SCC staff does not expect these systems to be operational until this evening. The outage also prohibits Clerk's Office staff from accessing the database and thus Call Center attendants will be limited in their ability to assist anyone calling the Clerk's Office. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
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Expedited Services

The review and processing of most business entity documents presented for filing in the Clerk’s Office can be expedited for an additional fee. To utilize this service, one must complete and include an Expedited Service Request Form, form SCC21.2, which is to be placed on top of the submission. A separate form and fee are required for each document that is submitted for expedited processing.

SCC21.2-PDF       SCC21.2 Instructions - PDF

A complete list of the documents that may be submitted for expedited processing can be found at the end of the Instructions to the Expedited Service Request Form. The following transactions are not subject to expedited service: requests for reinstatement packets; providing copies of filed documents and certificates of fact, including certificates of good standing and existence; UCC filings; tax lien filings; registered agent resignations; annual report filings; annual continuation report filings; annual registration fee payments; and service of process, provided that the italicized transactions, for the most part, can be completed through SCC eFile.

Generally, an expedited document received in the Clerk’s Office by 4:00 p.m. will be reviewed, processed and filed by 4:00 p.m. on the next business day, assuming that it is acceptable as presented. For a greater fee, Same Day service is available for organizational documents, amendments and mergers that are received by noon. A draft of these latter documents can also be presented for preliminary review to help make sure that it will meet the requirements of Virginia law when it is presented for filing.

Regular Processing

Depending on the document type, work flow and staff availability, documents presented for regular processing may take 3 to 12 business days to review, process and file (or reject). Organizational documents for corporations and limited liability companies that have not been previously submitted and rejected are usually processed within 3 to 5 business days. (These estimates do not include the time associated with the return of correspondence by mail.) To determine the current anticipated turnaround time for the regular processing of a particular type of document that is to be presented for filing, contact the Clerk’s Office at (804) 371-9733 or toll-free in Virginia at 1-866-722-2551.

SCC eFile

The formation of basic Virginia stock corporations and limited liability companies can be accomplished in real time using SCC eFile Express without having to pay an expedited service fee. In addition, documents eligible for online submission using the SCC eFile PDF submission option can be expedited subject to the conditions set forth above, except that (i) the Expedited Service Request Form is not needed and (ii) documents submitted while the Commission is closed shall be deemed to have been received at the start of the next business day on which the Commission is open.