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
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
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.