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Important Changes to Office Operations: COVID-19 Information


If you are a business owner or agent in need a copy of Articles of Incorporation to apply for a small business loan, visit our page for ordering copies of filings and certificates.


As is the case with people around the globe, the COVID-19 virus has forced us to change many aspects of our lives including the way we socialize, the way we communicate, and the way we do business. While the changes are challenging, they are also necessary, and so my office has made temporary changes to our operations, in accordance with recommendations from Gov. Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health aimed at reducing transmission of COVID-19.

The health and safety of the public and our employees is our highest priority, and these changes are being made with those values first in mind. We intend to continue delivering the services that Minnesotans rely on, and appreciate the public’s patience as we work to enact new policies and procedures during these uncertain times.

Thank you, 


Steve Simon

Minnesota Secretary of State


Updated April 10, 2020

An executive order from Gov. Tim Walz has directed Minnesotans to limit movements outside their homes to essential needs only. Staff in the Secretary of State's office will be extremely limited during the effect of this order (through April 10).   

See below for information on what to do if you need services from the Secretary of State.

Business Services: 

If you are a business owner or agent in need a copy of Articles of Incorporation to apply for a small business loan, visit our page for ordering copies of filings and certificates.

The public counter in our business services office (60 Empire Dr., Suite 100, St. Paul) will be closed for most customers until further notice. If you are a customer or courier making delivery to Business Services, you may use the temporary drop box set up for this purpose. The counter typically serves hundreds of customer per day, a volume that simply represents too great a health risk. Most business services, including renewal of business filings, can be completed online, and we urge Minnesotans to make use of this option. Customers may also call 651-296-2803 for more information.

End of Year Items
Express Filings received online by 4:30pm on December 31st 2020 will be given the filing date of the 31st as long as they meet all filing requirements.

The following types of business filings submitted via mail will be back-dated to 12/31/2020 if postmarked by 12/31/2020 as long as they meet all filing requirements:

Intent to Dissolve/Notice of Dissolution
Legal Newspapers

Specific Departments may be reached by email:

Business Services (Filing, liens, etc.)  business.services@state.mn.us
UCC   ucc.dept@state.mn.us
Notary   notary.sos@state.mn.us


Elections and Administration:

The public counter in our Elections office (180 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul) will be closed until further notice. For questions on elections and voting, voter outreach materials, or candidate filing, please call 651-201-1324 or email secretary.state.@state.mn.us or see online resources. The elections department may be reached at  elections.dept@state.mn.us

Election Information During COVID-19 Pandemic

Safe at Home - Minnesota's Address Confidentiality Program

At this time, Safe at Home is continuing to provide services to applicants and program participants.  However, we ask for your patience because response times may be longer.  

For any questions about the Safe at Home program, call 651-201-1399 or 866-723-3035.

Media / Press Inquiries

Please direct inquiries to:

Risikat Adesaogun, Deputy Communications Director / Press Secretary 

651-297-8919 or risikat.adesaogun@state.mn.us