The Corporation Section of the Division of Corporate & Consumer Services at the Department of Financial Institutions is the filing office for the organizational instruments to create corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and limited liability companies, as well as documents to amend those charters in some respect or other. The unit also licenses foreign (out-of-state) organizations desiring to transact business in Wisconsin.
Qualified New Business Ventures
Effective June 1st, 2018, for Foreign Business Corporations who meet the requirements set forth in sec. 238.15(1) to be a Qualified New Business Venture, the fees associated with filing a Certificate of Authority (form 21); Annual Report (form 18) and Application for Withdrawal and Final Report (form 24) will be a flat fee. For more information regarding Wisconsin Act 156 and the forms required to qualify as a Qualified New Business Venture, click here.
Effective May 1, 2018, any eligible college student in Wisconsin who creates a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) may have the $130 filing fee waived. The waiver was made official when Governor Scott Walker signed Wisconsin Act 177 into law earlier this year. The forms, along with instructions on how to submit them, are available on the DFI website at Student Entrepreneur.
Cash transactions will no longer be accepted
As of January 3, 2017, The Department of Financial Institutions will no longer accept cash for filing and copying services. Customers that come to the Department to complete these transactions are encouraged to use alternate payment options that include the use of personal checks, cashier checks and money orders.
Customers can also save time and resources by using the Department's online services at: www.wdfi.org.
This transition is made to simplify and reduce the risk to transactions management, and enhance the safety and security of our customers.
For more information please contact us at 608-261-7577 or by e-mail at DFISecretary@wisconsin.gov
Update on Revised Uniform Partnership Act
2015 Wisconsin Act 295, which repeals and recreates the Wisconsin Uniform Partnership Act (Chapter 178, Stats.), took effect July 1, 2016. Act 295 adopts, with modifications, the Revised Uniform Partnership Act, as amended by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 2013. The Act governs the creation and operation of partnerships, including limited liability partnerships.
A partnership formed on or after January 1, 2018, will be governed by Chapter 178, as recreated by the Act. A partnership formed prior to January 1, 2018, also will be governed by the recreated Chapter 178, beginning on January 1, 2018, unless the partnership elects to be governed by the recreated Chapter 178, prior to the date. However, a partnership formed prior to January 1, 2018, may choose to continue to be governed by prior law rather than by the recreated Chapter 178.
More information about Act 295 can be found by clicking here.
- Business Entity Types
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- Other Useful Links
I Want to
- Search Entity Records by Name
- Create an LLC or Corporation
- File an LLC or Corp Annual Report
- Change Registered Agent and/or Office Address Online
I Want to Order
- Request a Certificate of Status
- Order Corp/LLC Copywork
- Pay Filings Online
- Certificate of Status and Simple/Certified Copywork
- Other Corporations Data Services
Charitable Organizations and Professional Employer Organizations and Groups
- Charitable Organizations, Fundraising Counsels, & Professional Fundraisers
- Professional Employer Organizations & Professional Employer Groups
To Contact the Corporations Division by telephone, call (608) 261-7577.