Please be advised that extreme weather conditions are expected in the Triangle area Thursday, February 26, 2015, that will likely prevent staff from traveling to their work stations in Raleigh. Due to lingering effects of the winter storm, we expect to continue to be at reduced staffing levels on Friday, February 27 and until travel conditions improve in the metro-Triangle area. If you need to visit our offices for service, we strongly encourage you to call (919) 807-2225 before making the trip to ensure that we have staff on hand to meet your needs. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
Lobbying Compliance Division
Customer Service: 919-807-2170




Miscellaneous Fee Information:
  • As of April 1, 2011 the $2.00 Electronic Fee is not refundable.

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State Ethics Commission Advisory Opinions:

*As a courtesy, Association Executives of North Carolina has allowed us to post this advisory opinion to our website.

*As a courtesy, the Junior League of Raleigh has allowed this unredacted opinion to be posted on this website.

*As a courtesy, this unredacted opinion has been provided to us by the North Carolina Professional Lobbyist Association.

*As a courtesy, this unredacted opinion has been provided to us by the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying & Government Reform.

This is the link to the official version of the Secretary of State’s permanent Lobbying Act rules published by the NC Codifier of Rules. The permanent rules were approved by the Rules Review Commission on November 15, 2007. The Lobbying Rules were effective on December 1, 2007.

The Department of the Secretary of State registers and regulates lobbying in North Carolina. The lobbyist registration fee is $250.00. The principal authorization and registration fee is $250.00. The principal pays only one principal registration fee for the first lobbyist. The principal only pays the $250.00 registration fee once, no matter how many lobbyists it may have.

Should any information supplied in a registration statement change, a supplementary registration is required to be filed within 10 days of the change. No fee is required for changes to existing registrations.

The NC Department of the Secretary of State has launched a list server, to offer the public another means of involvement as the department prepares to implement North Carolina's new lobbying law in January of 2007.  Subscribe to the NC Lobbyist List Server.

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For more information, please contact us at:

Lobbying Compliance Division
Department of the Secretary of State
PO Box 29622
Raleigh, North Carolina 27626-0626
(919) 807-2170