On-line Corporate Services Expanded

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2005
Contact: Doug Dunbar, Deputy Secretary of State
626-8404

Maine Expands Access to Online Corporate Services

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced on Monday that requesting a certified corporate record in Maine is now a simpler, more convenient process thanks to the expansion of the Secretary of State's Interactive Corporate Records Service. Once a subscriber-only service, it is now available to the public at www.SOSonline.org. Beginning this month, customers may use a credit card to benefit from the delivery of electronic corporate documents.

“Enhancing customer service through innovative uses of technology is a priority for the Department of the Secretary of State. We believe it's important to make services available to the people of Maine in convenient, accessible and cost-effective ways. This new enhancement is another example of how we're making government information and services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” Secretary Dunlap commented.

Maine's Interactive Corporate Records Service, launched in May of 2001, consists of a comprehensive set of online services that allows for electronic access to both free and for-a-fee corporate information. Users of the service can perform basic corporate name searches, retrieve copies of corporate filings and images, download Certificates of Existence and file annual reports.

Previously, as a subscriber-only service, customers needed a username and password to gain access to corporate records. The system is now more easily accessible to the public and accepts Visa and MasterCard payments. Customers can download corporate documents, in certified or uncertified format, by visiting www.SOSonline.org. Records can be printed immediately, with credit card payments processed through Maine.gov's secure server.

Additionally, certified copies of corporate records and Certificates of Existence can be confirmed through the online service. There is no charge for the Authentication Service, which is designed to verify the authenticity of certified electronic documents. Users simply type in the unique authentication number of a certified document and the site returns verification of the precise date and time the document was delivered electronically.

“Our office has made customer service a priority and we are pleased to offer enhancements to our existing services” said Tim Poulin, Director of Corporations. “This upgrade of our Interactive Corporate Services offers even more convenience to businesses and citizens.”

Maine's Interactive Corporate Records is one of many online services offered by the Department of the Secretary of State, in partnership with the Information Resource of Maine (InforME)--the State of Maine's private-sector partner and official web portal provider. All online services and official State of Maine web pages can be accessed from the state portal: www.Maine.gov, which won the Center for Digital Government's 2004 Best of the Web competition.