North Carolina Secretary of State

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The Secretary of State for North Carolina is a publicly elected official for the state of North Carolina, heading the Department of the State, which oversees many of the economic and business-related operations of the state government. Unlike in many states, the secretary of state does not oversee state elections.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Elaine Marshall.


The state Constitution establishes the office of secretary of state in Article III, Section 7:

(1) Officers. A Secretary of State, an Auditor, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Public Instruction, an Attorney General, a Commissioner of Agriculture, a Commissioner of Labor, and a Commissioner of Insurance shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State in 1972 and every four years thereafter, at the same time and places as members of the General Assembly are elected. Their term of office shall be four years and shall commence on the first day of January next after their election and continue until their successors are elected and qualified. ...


Article VI, Section 6 of the North Carolina Constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

Every qualified voter in North Carolina who is 21 years of age, except as in this Constitution disqualified, shall be eligible for election by the people to office.
  • qualified North Carolina voter
  • 21 years of age


The secretary of state in North Carolina is popularly elected every four years, in presidential election years. The secretary of state, barring any vacancies, will be elected in 2012, 2016, and 2020. The term of office is four years, and begins on the first day of January next after their election.

Term limits

There are no limitations on the number of terms an individual may hold the office of secretary of state.


Article III, Section 7 addresses vacancies in the office of secretary of state. In the event of a vacancy, the governor appoints a successor who will serve until a new officeholder is elected. The election coincides with the first election for members of the General Assembly that occurs more than 60 days after the seat becomes vacant.


  • Certification and Filing
  • eNotary & Notary Enforcement Section
  • Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division
  • Corporations
  • Information Technology
  • Publications
  • Securities


In 2010, the North Carolina Secretary of State was paid an estimated $123,198 according to the Council of State Governments.[1]

Contact Information

North Carolina Secretary of State:
North Carolina

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 29622
Raleigh NC 27626-0622

Physical address:
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2903

Phone: (919) 807-2005
Fax: (919) 807-2039

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