Pennsylvania Department of State

Welcome to Pennsylvania Department of State's website. 

The Pennsylvania State Capital


The Department protects the public's health and safety by licensing more than one million business and health professionals; promotes the integrity of the electoral process; supports economic development through corporate registrations and transactions; maintains registration and financial information for thousands of charities, and sanctions professional boxing, kick-boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts.

Programs & Services

Register a Business

Learn about forming and registering your business online, and how to complete other types of business filings.

Start your business

Register a Charity

If you are raising money in Pennsylvania for a charity, learn about registering your organization with us.

Register today

Apply for or Renew Your Professional License

If your job requires a professional or occupational license to work in Pennsylvania, you can apply for or renew online.

Apply or renew today

Apply to be a Notary

If you're looking to become a notary in Pennsylvania, or to renew your commission, you can start your application here.

Apply today

Voting & Elections

Find information about the electoral process as well as Campaign Finance, Voter Registration, and more about voting.

Learn more about the voting

Resources and Guides

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Resources to Help Start a Business or Charity

Find resources on how to start a business, how to file online, and more

Business and charities resources
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Resources for Professional Licensees

Find information about licensing processing guides and timelines, best practices, and more.

Professional licensing resources
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Information on Voting & Elections

Find reports and statistics on voting, campaign finance, and lobbying disclosure.

Voting and election reports and statistics
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State Athletics Resources

Find forms and documents needed to compete in Pennsylvania.

Forms for boxers, mixed martial artists and more