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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.

Beware of Misleading Solicitations

The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin (BBB) are warning businesses about solicitations designed to look like invoices arriving through postal mail and being reported to both DFI and BBB from “WI Certificate Service.” Learn more here. Questions? Email or call (608) 261-7577. Thank you!

What's New

New Fees for LLP’S

The Wisconsin Legislature has enacted Administrative Rule DFI-CCS 10.04, related to fees for documents filed under Chapter 178, Wis. Stats. This rule is effective April 1st. You can view the new fee schedule here. The updated forms are now on our forms page here.

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.

Student Entrepreneurs

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:

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

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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.

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To Contact the Corporations Division by telephone, call (608) 261-7577.