Has your business become inactive? There is a 5-year period during which an inactive entity can reinstate. After 5 years, the Office of the Clerk does not have the authority to reinstate an inactive business entity.
Reinstating online is the most efficient way to reinstate your business. You can view our how-to guide to help you complete this process in the Clerk's Information System (CIS).
(Please Note: Inactive Registered Limited Liability Partnerships file for status restoration).
There are a few reasons that the SCC may terminate or cancel your business. Examples of these reasons are:
- You did not pay registration fees;
- If you are a corporation, you did not file an annual report;
- Your registered agent resigned, and you did not file a statement of change appointing a new registered agent.
Complete a Business Entity Search in CIS to view the current status of your business. A business can be either Active, Pending Active, Pending Inactive, or Inactive.
Is your business Pending Inactive? The Reason for Status will let you know what actions you can take to avoid termination or cancellation.
Is your business Inactive? The Reason for Status will let you know if you can reinstate.
Did you know you can reinstate your business online? Reinstating online is the most efficient way to reinstate your business. You can view our how-to guide to help you complete this process in the Clerk's Information System (CIS).
To obtain paper forms for reinstatement, you can submit a request to the Office of the Clerk.
Please note the requirements for reinstatement are valid as of the date the packet is issued.
These requirements may change over time.
Reinstatements and restorations (for Limited Liability Partnerships) occur after the Office of the Clerk receives and processes the required forms and fees.
If your company was terminated or canceled in error, send a letter to Bernard Logan, Clerk of the Commission, explaining why you believe the termination or cancelation was improperly imposed.
Requests should be sent to:
Office of the Clerk
P.O. Box 1197
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Office of the Clerk
1300 E. Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219