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Under the leadership of the Secretary of State, the Department of State promotes the integrity of the electoral process; provides the initial infrastructure for economic development through corporate organizations and transactions; and protects the health and safety of the public. The Department encourages the highest standards of ethics and competence in elections, campaign finance, notarization, professional and occupational licensure, charitable solicitations and athletics. By maintaining current technology, the agency provides exceptional public service remaining a leader in all regulatory and enforcement policies and practices, protecting every resident of the Commonwealth. Our vision is to become the premier Department of State in the nation by providing Accurate, Courteous and Timely service in elections, corporate and charitable filings and professional licensure. At the Department of State we ACT. Facebook Comment Policy:
We encourage the public to comment on this page and welcome all viewpoints. Comments should remain relevant to the topic at hand and participants must treat each other with respect. We review the comments posted to our page on a regular basis and reserve the right to delete comments that contain the following:
• Profane and/or vulgar content;
• Sexually suggestive or harassing content;
• Obscene content;
• Nudity in a participant’s profile picture;
• Threats of physical or bodily harm;
• Defamatory statements;
• Disparaging language or hate speech targeting an individual’s race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, or disability;
• Commercial content promoting or soliciting service or products;
• Content promoting political organizations;
• Name-calling and/or personal attacks;
• Spam, such as the same comment posted repeatedly;
• Personally identifying, sensitive and/or private information;
• Language or content suggesting or encouraging illegal activity;
• Information that could reasonably compromise public safety; and
• Other content that the Department of State deems inappropriate. We monitor this page but are not responsible for content generated by users. Comments and content posted on this page may be subject to public disclosure. Communications posted on this page will not be construed as satisfying requirements for legal notice or service, shall not be considered official public comment, and shall not be construed as an official request for records pursuant to the Right-to-Know Law. We reserve the right to modify this policy at any time. Continued use of this page following the posting of any modification signifies acceptance of such modification. Read the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s full Social Media Policy: http://on.pa.gov/social-media-policy

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June 30, 2021 is the renewal deadline for occupational therapists. Renew before the deadline: www.pals.pa.gov
06/11/2021

June 30, 2021 is the renewal deadline for occupational therapists. Renew before the deadline: www.pals.pa.gov

June 30, 2021 is the renewal deadline for occupational therapists. Renew before the deadline: www.pals.pa.gov

The PA Department of State is hiring a Nursing Practice Adviser for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs....
06/10/2021

The PA Department of State is hiring a Nursing Practice Adviser for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. This job posting will close on June 11. Apply online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/jobs/3083383/nursing-practice-adviser

The PA Department of State is hiring a Nursing Practice Adviser for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. This job posting will close on June 11. Apply online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/jobs/3083383/nursing-practice-adviser

06/10/2021

Mark your calendar with these important election dates.
Oct 18 – Voter registration deadline
Oct 26 – Last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot.
Election Day, Nov 2 – Polls are open. Voted mail-in & absentee ballots must be received by the county by 8 PM.

Join today’s 2:00 pm livestream as Gov Wolf & Acting Secretary Degraffenreid discuss their commitment to voter rights an...
06/09/2021

Join today’s 2:00 pm livestream as Gov Wolf & Acting Secretary Degraffenreid discuss their commitment to voter rights and election integrity.
Live Stream: governor.pa.gov/live/
Español: pacast.com/live/es

Join today’s 2:00 pm livestream as Gov Wolf & Acting Secretary Degraffenreid discuss their commitment to voter rights and election integrity.
Live Stream: governor.pa.gov/live/
Español: pacast.com/live/es

Various licenses for the State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers will expire on June 30. Have you checked your l...
06/09/2021

Various licenses for the State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers will expire on June 30. Have you checked your license to see if it needs to be renewed? Renew it today: www.pals.pa.gov

Various licenses for the State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers will expire on June 30. Have you checked your license to see if it needs to be renewed? Renew it today: www.pals.pa.gov

The last day to register to vote for the 2021 municipal election is October 18. Register to vote now while it is on your...
06/08/2021

The last day to register to vote for the 2021 municipal election is October 18. Register to vote now while it is on your mind: register.votesPA.com #votesPA

The last day to register to vote for the 2021 municipal election is October 18. Register to vote now while it is on your mind: register.votesPA.com #votesPA

Registered architects and architect firms must renew their license before June 30, 2021. Renew online: www.pals.pa.gov
06/07/2021

Registered architects and architect firms must renew their license before June 30, 2021. Renew online: www.pals.pa.gov

Registered architects and architect firms must renew their license before June 30, 2021. Renew online: www.pals.pa.gov

A reminder to all Pennsylvanians to stay vigilant against pension scams that target veterans. Never pay to apply for ben...
06/04/2021

A reminder to all Pennsylvanians to stay vigilant against pension scams that target veterans. Never pay to apply for benefits. Learn more here:
https://bit.ly/2RPITWP

A reminder to all Pennsylvanians to stay vigilant against pension scams that target veterans. Never pay to apply for benefits. Learn more here:
https://bit.ly/2RPITWP

More than 30,000 PA businesses will submit their Decennial Filing this year to ensure their company has the exclusive us...
06/04/2021

More than 30,000 PA businesses will submit their Decennial Filing this year to ensure their company has the exclusive use of their name and mark: dos.pa.gov/DecennialReport

More than 30,000 PA businesses will submit their Decennial Filing this year to ensure their company has the exclusive use of their name and mark: dos.pa.gov/DecennialReport

The PA Department of State is hiring a Nursing Practice Adviser for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs....
06/03/2021

The PA Department of State is hiring a Nursing Practice Adviser for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. This job posting will close on June 11. Apply online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/jobs/3083383/nursing-practice-adviser

The PA Department of State is hiring a Nursing Practice Adviser for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. This job posting will close on June 11. Apply online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/jobs/3083383/nursing-practice-adviser

Free and open elections are the foundation on which our country was formed. Poll workers help to ensure those freedoms f...
06/03/2021

Free and open elections are the foundation on which our country was formed. Poll workers help to ensure those freedoms for their communities. You can help by becoming a poll worker: http://votesPA.com/GetInvolved

Free and open elections are the foundation on which our country was formed. Poll workers help to ensure those freedoms for their communities. You can help by becoming a poll worker: http://votesPA.com/GetInvolved

#DYK New businesses in PA can use the PA Business One-Stop Shop checklist and the Bureau of Corporations & Charitable Or...
06/02/2021

#DYK New businesses in PA can use the PA Business One-Stop Shop checklist and the Bureau of Corporations & Charitable Organizations guide to help them register their business or charitable organization in PA.
Checklist: https://business.pa.gov/register/
Guide: https://www.dos.pa.gov/BusinessCharities/Business/Pages/default.aspx

#DYK New businesses in PA can use the PA Business One-Stop Shop checklist and the Bureau of Corporations & Charitable Organizations guide to help them register their business or charitable organization in PA.
Checklist: https://business.pa.gov/register/
Guide: https://www.dos.pa.gov/BusinessCharities/Business/Pages/default.aspx

Congratulations to the 30 students who earned Student Poll Worker Awards for participating in a voter registration drive...
06/01/2021

Congratulations to the 30 students who earned Student Poll Worker Awards for participating in a voter registration drive at their school and serving as a poll worker. View all the 2021 Governor's Civic Engagement Award winners: votesPA.com/GCEA #StudentVotesPA

Congratulations to the 30 students who earned Student Poll Worker Awards for participating in a voter registration drive at their school and serving as a poll worker. View all the 2021 Governor's Civic Engagement Award winners: votesPA.com/GCEA #StudentVotesPA

Congratulations to the 15 schools that earned Silver Level Awards for registering to vote at least 65 percent of their e...
06/01/2021

Congratulations to the 15 schools that earned Silver Level Awards for registering to vote at least 65 percent of their eligible students in the 2020-21 school year. View all the 2021 Governor's Civic Engagement Award winners: votesPA.com/GCEA #StudentVotesPA

Congratulations to the 15 schools that earned Silver Level Awards for registering to vote at least 65 percent of their eligible students in the 2020-21 school year. View all the 2021 Governor's Civic Engagement Award winners: votesPA.com/GCEA #StudentVotesPA

Congratulations to the 12 schools that earned Gold Level Awards for registering to vote at least 85 percent of their eli...
06/01/2021

Congratulations to the 12 schools that earned Gold Level Awards for registering to vote at least 85 percent of their eligible students in the 2020-21 school year. View all the 2021 Governor's Civic Engagement Award winners: votesPA.com/GCEA #StudentVotesPA

Congratulations to the 12 schools that earned Gold Level Awards for registering to vote at least 85 percent of their eligible students in the 2020-21 school year. View all the 2021 Governor's Civic Engagement Award winners: votesPA.com/GCEA #StudentVotesPA

🏠 Did you recently move? 📝 Change your name?  🗳️ Want to change your party affiliation?  🎂 Turning 18 by the next electi...
06/01/2021

🏠 Did you recently move?
📝 Change your name?
🗳️ Want to change your party affiliation?
🎂 Turning 18 by the next election?
✅ Register or update your voter registration information: http://register.votesPA.com

🏠 Did you recently move?
📝 Change your name?
🗳️ Want to change your party affiliation?
🎂 Turning 18 by the next election?
✅ Register or update your voter registration information: http://register.votesPA.com

We remember and honor those who have fallen in service to our country. #MemorialDay
05/31/2021

We remember and honor those who have fallen in service to our country. #MemorialDay

We remember and honor those who have fallen in service to our country. #MemorialDay

May 31, 2021 is the renewal deadline for the state board of landscape architects. Renew at www.pals.pa.gov
05/28/2021

May 31, 2021 is the renewal deadline for the state board of landscape architects. Renew at www.pals.pa.gov

May 31, 2021 is the renewal deadline for the state board of landscape architects. Renew at www.pals.pa.gov

May 31 is the deadline to renew licenses for the state board of vehicle manufacturers, dealers and salespersons. Renew y...
05/27/2021

May 31 is the deadline to renew licenses for the state board of vehicle manufacturers, dealers and salespersons. Renew your license today: www.pals.pa.gov

May 31 is the deadline to renew licenses for the state board of vehicle manufacturers, dealers and salespersons. Renew your license today: www.pals.pa.gov

Secretary Degraffenreid discussed findings of the State Inspector General’s report on the PA Department of State's failu...
05/26/2021

Secretary Degraffenreid discussed findings of the State Inspector General’s report on the PA Department of State's failure to advertise a constitutional amendment, HB 963. The Department will be implementing changes and looking for other process improvements. https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=484

Secretary Degraffenreid discussed findings of the State Inspector General’s report on the PA Department of State's failure to advertise a constitutional amendment, HB 963. The Department will be implementing changes and looking for other process improvements. https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=484

05/26/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica to Discuss Findings of Inspector General's Report on Failure to Advertise Constitutional Amendment

Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid will hold a press conference to discuss the Office of State Inspector General's report on the Department of State's failure to advertise a constitutional amendment, HB 963. The proposed constitutional amendment would have extended retroactively the timeline sexual abuse victims have to file civil action against their abusers. Secretary Degraffenreid also will discuss process changes that have been instituted at the Department of State to prevent this type of error in the future.

The @PAStateDept has launched a survey for new Pennsylvanians to better understand their experiences in gaining professi...
05/26/2021

The @PAStateDept has launched a survey for new Pennsylvanians to better understand their experiences in gaining professional licensure in the commonwealth. The department's goal is to reduce unnecessary roadblocks to licensure in the future. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/state-details.aspx?newsid=456

The @PAStateDept has launched a survey for new Pennsylvanians to better understand their experiences in gaining professional licensure in the commonwealth. The department's goal is to reduce unnecessary roadblocks to licensure in the future. Learn more: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/state-details.aspx?newsid=456

The PA Department of State and Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today that 27 high schools across the comm...
05/25/2021

The PA Department of State and Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today that 27 high schools across the commonwealth won Governor’s Civic Engagement Awards for the 2020-21 school year. Nearly 70 schools participated in the program and registered to vote 2,741 eligible students. https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/state-details.aspx?newsid=483

The PA Department of State and Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today that 27 high schools across the commonwealth won Governor’s Civic Engagement Awards for the 2020-21 school year. Nearly 70 schools participated in the program and registered to vote 2,741 eligible students. https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/state-details.aspx?newsid=483

The PA Department of State and Pennsylvania Department of Education are hosting a virtual award ceremony for the Governo...
05/25/2021

The PA Department of State and Pennsylvania Department of Education are hosting a virtual award ceremony for the Governor’s Civic Engagement Awards to congratulate all the Pennsylvania schools who help eligible students register to vote during the 2020-2021 school year. Join us at 1 pm. https://bit.ly/3oKrA5i

The PA Department of State and Pennsylvania Department of Education are hosting a virtual award ceremony for the Governor’s Civic Engagement Awards to congratulate all the Pennsylvania schools who help eligible students register to vote during the 2020-2021 school year. Join us at 1 pm. https://bit.ly/3oKrA5i

ATTENTION Landscape Architects – Your professional license will expire on May 31, 2021. Start the renewal process today ...
05/24/2021

ATTENTION Landscape Architects – Your professional license will expire on May 31, 2021. Start the renewal process today at www.pals.pa.gov.

ATTENTION Landscape Architects – Your professional license will expire on May 31, 2021. Start the renewal process today at www.pals.pa.gov.

The Department of State's PA Voter Services website, including Online Voter Registration, will be unavailable due to sch...
05/24/2021

The Department of State's PA Voter Services website, including Online Voter Registration, will be unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance. Services are expected to resume on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Thank you for your understanding.

The Department of State's PA Voter Services website, including Online Voter Registration, will be unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance. Services are expected to resume on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Thank you for your understanding.

Poll workers are the backbone of democracy and help to ensure PA elections are free, open and fair. Help us say thanks t...
05/23/2021

Poll workers are the backbone of democracy and help to ensure PA elections are free, open and fair. Help us say thanks to poll workers making a difference in your community. Share your acts of kindness today in celebration of #143DayInPA.

Poll workers are the backbone of democracy and help to ensure PA elections are free, open and fair. Help us say thanks to poll workers making a difference in your community. Share your acts of kindness today in celebration of #143DayInPA.

05/21/2021

What is a Decennial Report?

The PA Decennial Report identifies business names and marks that are no longer in use, so that they may be reissued and placed back into the stream of commerce. Learn more: dos.pa.gov/DecennialReport

ATTENTION – State board of vehicle manufacturers, dealers and salespersons renewal applications are OPEN and will remain...
05/21/2021

ATTENTION – State board of vehicle manufacturers, dealers and salespersons renewal applications are OPEN and will remain open until May 31, 2021. Start the renewal process now: www.pals.pa.gov

ATTENTION – State board of vehicle manufacturers, dealers and salespersons renewal applications are OPEN and will remain open until May 31, 2021. Start the renewal process now: www.pals.pa.gov

Did you miss your opportunity to vote in the #PAPrimary? Register to vote for future elections: register.votesPA.com #vo...
05/20/2021

Did you miss your opportunity to vote in the #PAPrimary? Register to vote for future elections: register.votesPA.com #votesPA

Did you miss your opportunity to vote in the #PAPrimary? Register to vote for future elections: register.votesPA.com #votesPA

Thank you to all the poll workers, staff, volunteers and voters who participated in yesterday’s #PAPrimary. #votesPA
05/19/2021

Thank you to all the poll workers, staff, volunteers and voters who participated in yesterday’s #PAPrimary. #votesPA

Thank you to all the poll workers, staff, volunteers and voters who participated in yesterday’s #PAPrimary. #votesPA

An hour after polling places closed, Acting Secretary Veronica W. Degraffenreid reported that today’s municipal primary ...
05/19/2021

An hour after polling places closed, Acting Secretary Veronica W. Degraffenreid reported that today’s municipal primary election in Pennsylvania was successful, with more than 550,000 mail ballots received by Election Day. https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=482

An hour after polling places closed, Acting Secretary Veronica W. Degraffenreid reported that today’s municipal primary election in Pennsylvania was successful, with more than 550,000 mail ballots received by Election Day. https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/State-details.aspx?newsid=482

🔴 LIVE at 9 pm: Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid will provide updates about today’s election. Watch live:PAc...
05/19/2021

🔴 LIVE at 9 pm: Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid will provide updates about today’s election.
Watch live:
PAcast.com/Live/DOS
Español:
pacast.com/live/es

🔴 LIVE at 9 pm: Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid will provide updates about today’s election.
Watch live:
PAcast.com/Live/DOS
Español:
pacast.com/live/es

Polls have closed, but if you were in line by 8 pm, you can vote.Though timely tabulation of votes is important, the num...
05/19/2021

Polls have closed, but if you were in line by 8 pm, you can vote.

Though timely tabulation of votes is important, the number-one priority of the Department of State and counties is making sure each ballot is counted accurately and securely. Thank you for your patience.

Polls have closed, but if you were in line by 8 pm, you can vote.

Though timely tabulation of votes is important, the number-one priority of the Department of State and counties is making sure each ballot is counted accurately and securely. Thank you for your patience.

Polls close in 1 hour. ⏰Make sure you are in line by 8 pm. If you did not return your mail ballot, you may bring your un...
05/18/2021

Polls close in 1 hour. ⏰

Make sure you are in line by 8 pm. If you did not return your mail ballot, you may bring your unvoted ballot & envelopes to your polling place to be voided and then vote on your county’s voting system.

Find your polling place: votesPA.com/Polls

Polls close in 1 hour. ⏰

Make sure you are in line by 8 pm. If you did not return your mail ballot, you may bring your unvoted ballot & envelopes to your polling place to be voided and then vote on your county’s voting system.

Find your polling place: votesPA.com/Polls

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Welcome to the official Pennsylvania Department of State page. Under the leadership of the Secretary of State, the Department of State promotes the integrity of the electoral process; provides the initial infrastructure for economic development through corporate organizations and transactions; and protects the health and safety of the public. The Department encourages the highest standards of ethics and competence in elections, campaign finance, notarization, professional and occupational licensure, charitable solicitations and athletics. By maintaining current technology, the agency provides exceptional public service remaining a leader in all regulatory and enforcement policies and practices, protecting every resident of the Commonwealth. Our vision is to become the premier Department of State in the nation by providing Accurate, Courteous and Timely service in elections, corporate and charitable filings and professional licensure. At the Department of State we ACT. Facebook Comment Policy: We encourage the public to comment on this page and welcome all viewpoints. Comments should remain relevant to the topic at hand and participants must treat each other with respect. We review the comments posted to our page on a regular basis and reserve the right to delete comments that contain the following: • Profane and/or vulgar content; • Sexually suggestive or harassing content; • Obscene content; • Nudity in a participant’s profile picture; • Threats of physical or bodily harm; • Defamatory statements; • Disparaging language or hate speech targeting an individual’s race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, or disability; • Commercial content promoting or soliciting service or products; • Content promoting political organizations; • Name-calling and/or personal attacks; • Spam, such as the same comment posted repeatedly; • Personally identifying, sensitive and/or private information; • Language or content suggesting or encouraging illegal activity; • Information that could reasonably compromise public safety; and • Other content that the Department of State deems inappropriate. We monitor this page but are not responsible for content generated by users. Comments and content posted on this page may be subject to public disclosure. Communications posted on this page will not be construed as satisfying requirements for legal notice or service, shall not be considered official public comment, and shall not be construed as an official request for records pursuant to the Right-to-Know Law. We reserve the right to modify this policy at any time. Continued use of this page following the posting of any modification signifies acceptance of such modification. Read the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s full Social Media Policy: http://on.pa.gov/social-media-policy

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