If you form an entity (such as a corporation or limited liability company) in Alabama, you may receive a solicitation in the mail containing a 2019 Certificate of Existence Request Form. It looks like an official document, but it is not. The sender offers to send you an Alabama Certificate of Existence for $90.25 when you can obtain an Alabama Certificate of Existence for your entity from the Alabama Secretary of State’s website at any time for $28.00.
Keep in mind there are only certain circumstances where you may need an Alabama Certificate of Existence. For example, if you borrow money, a lender may require an Alabama Certificate of Existence.
Beware of solicitations from companies that monitor new entity filings. There are lots of them out there offering services that you may not need. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please let us know.