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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

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.

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:

Annual registration fee payments
Certificates of good standing
Certificates of existence
Annual report filings
Registered agent resignations
UCC filings
Requests for reinstatement packets
Copies of filed documents
Other certificates of fact
Annual continuation report filings
Service of process
Tax lien filings

However, the transactions in the left column, for the most part, can be completed through SCC eFile.

Regular Processing

Depending on the document type, work flow and staff availability, documents presented for regular processing may take 1 to 3 weeks to review, process and file (or reject). This estimate does 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, contact the Clerk’s Office at (804) 371-9733 or toll-free in Virginia, 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.