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The Professional Corporation Act was amended in 2007 to allow a professional corporation to be formed by and between LCSWs, or among an LCSW and a physician, licensed psychologist, certified clinical specialist in psychiatric and mental health nursing, licensed marriage and family therapist, or licensed professional counselor.  Licensed clinical social workers are no longer required to have a physician or licensed psychologist as a director or shareholder in the professional corporation.

Please refer to our FAQs for general information regarding PC/PA or PLLCs.

Social Work Licensees who wish to form a Professional Corporation or Limited Liability Company must apply to the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board for a Certificate of Registration (COR), pursuant to Chapter 55B of the North Carolina General Statutes.

Step I:  Application: Download and complete the appropriate application including:

Signatures:  Each incorporator/organizer must sign in front of a notary before submitting the application to the N.C. Social Work Certification and Licensure Board.

Step II:  Receipt of Certificate of Registration – Submission to the Secretary of State:

Step III:  Amendments to the Certificate of Registration (COR) AND Annual Renewal:

AMENDMENT:  An amendment to the COR shall be required for the following reasons:  a change in name or address of the professional entity; a change in the professional services provided by the entity; changes to the articles of organization or incorporation; or changes in ownership or membership.

If changes have been made to the Articles of Incorporation or Organization, an updated copy of the articles must be submitted with the updated application.  A fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) must be submitted with the notice of amendment; and a new Certificate of Registration will be issued by the Board.

Step IV:  Annual Renewal of the COR Required:

ANNUAL RENEWAL:  In accordance with NCGS 55B and NCGS 57D, a Certificate of Registration must be renewed annually with this Board. [COR issued between 1/1 and 6/30 will expire on 12/31 of the same year.  COR issued between 7/1 and 12/31 will expire on 12/31 of the following year]

Step V:  Dissolving your Professional Corporation or Limited Liability Company:

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Click here to download the Application for a Certificate of Registration for a Professional Corporation or for a Limited Liability Company, and/or the COR Renewal Affidavit