Quick Reference Filing Guide to Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania’s “PA Powerport”, is a portal to all that the Commonwealth has to offer on the web. In addition to acting as a directory for government pages, it brings breaking Pennsylvania news to your fingertips, including the latest lottery results, weather, and e-government services. The “Business in PA” link brings you to a considerable amount of information about starting, promoting, and maintaining a business in the Keystone State.

Department of State

The Department of State offers information about the agency that handles professional and occupational licensing, elections, business registration, and other services for the Commonwealth. There’s some nice information here, and their pages will give you an idea of how their office operates. The Corporation Bureau provides some very useful information about the procedures and requirements for filing paperwork to create a Pennsylvania corporation, or register a foreign corporation. Visit the Corporate Bureau’s office on the web for forms, comprehensive filing instructions, and contact information.

Business Development

The Department of Community and Economic Development appears to be happy to hold your hand through the process of starting a business in the Keystone State, and provides forms, and instructions, to help you from start to finish. Not only do they include information about the different types of structures that your business can take, but they also have PDF format forms to help you meet the many statutory filing requirements for your business. Service like this can help give government a good name.


The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has more than tax forms. You can register your business with the Department of Revenue online. Theirs is a highly recommended stop, and will inform you of your responsibilities, and obligations under Pennsylvania’s tax laws.


Want to find out more about Pennsylvania, how its government works, and its history? The Pennsylvania General Assembly has become a clearing house for documents concerning such matters. There are also pages for each of the Senators and Representatives, and a chance to learn about the work they do as it is happening.