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E-Commerce Applications Outage

To accommodate the deployment of a new system, the Department of Commerce Community and Economic Development is scheduling an outage for all e-Commerce applications from November 30 at 5PM until December 1 at 7AM

Offices Closed to Public

The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development offices are closed to the public at this time. We are still open for business and encourage you to contact us via phone or email.

Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing

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Complaint FAQs

1. I have a complaint. How do I know if my complaint is within the jurisdiction of this Division?
Corportations Section

The Corporations Section of this Division is mainly administerial, meaning the Corporations Section is mainly a filing agency. The Corporations Section accepts filings that are complete and compliant according to Alaska Statutes (law) and Regulations. Per Alaska Statutes, if a filing conforms to statutory requirements and provisions then it will be filed. This means, IF an entity (i.e. corporation, LLC, LLP, LP, non-profit, etc.) provides the required filings complete and compliant according to Corporations Statutes and Regulations THEN the Corporations Section may accept the filing in good faith and file it for record. The Corporations Section does not have the statutory authority to investigate the veracity of each filing.

Corporations Statutes and Regulations do not give the Corporations Section of this Division the jurisdictional authority to adjudicate over issues or concerns regarding an entity’s internal operations. These issues may be resolve directly with the entity or potentially through the court system. The jurisdictional authority to adjudicate over these issues rests with the Alaska Court System which may, as a result of a court case, issue a court order for whatever action the court deems appropriate.

For information about an entity on record with the Corporations Section of this Division go to: Search Corporation Database. For more information about an entity’s filing requirements go to Notice: The Entity’s Responsibility.

Anyone seeking to resolve issues with an entity may wish to do one or more of the following:

  1. review Corporations Statutes and Regulations;
  2. review other Alaska Statues (law) that may apply:
  3. contact the entity directly (tip: submit your request in writing and reference the specific statute pertaining to the situation);
  4. seek legal counsel;
  5. if you suspect there are criminal concerns contact to the appropriate authorities who have jurisdiction authority, such as:
    • your local police or local law enforcement;
    • Alaska State Troopers, which enforces criminal laws and investigates violations of those laws;
    • Dept. of Law Consumer Protection, which investigates unfair or deceptive business practices;
    • FBI ,or
    • See question #2 below for a list of other possible agencies that may be of assistance;
  6. seek resolution through the Alaska Court System.

This Division does not provide legal advice. The information contained within these webpages is provided for your convenience and is not to be interpreted as legal advice. You are encouraged to seek the advice of a professional, such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Attorney if you need additional assistance.

Business Licensing Section:

The Business Licensing Section of this Division is mainly administerial, meaning the Business Licensing Section is mainly a filing agency. This means, IF a business provides the statutorily required filings complete and compliant according to Business Licensing Statutes and Regulation THEN the Business Licensing Section may file it for record.

If a business is operating without a business license, improperly licensed, or selling products without the statutorily required Endorsement then the Investigations Unit of this Division may be of assistance. For more information on how to file a complaint with this Division’s Investigations Unit go to Investigations.

For business license and/or endorsement information on record with the Business Licensing Section of this Division go to:

Anyone seeking to resolve issues with an entity may wish to do one or more of the following:

  1. review Business Licensing Statutes and Regulation;
  2. review other Alaska Statues (law) that may apply:
  3. contact the business directly (tip: submit your request in writing and reference the specific statute pertaining to the situation);
  4. seek legal counsel;
  5. if you suspect there are criminal concerns contact to the appropriate authorities who have jurisdiction authority, such as:
    • your local police or local law enforcement;
    • Alaska State Troopers, which enforces criminal laws and investigates violations of those laws;
    • Dept. of Law Consumer Protection, which investigates unfair or deceptive business practices;
    • FBI ,or
    • See question #2 below for a list of other possible agencies that may be of assistance;
  6. seek resolution through the Alaska Court System.

This Division does not provide legal advice. The information contained within these webpages is provided for your convenience and is not to be interpreted as legal advice. You are encouraged to seek the advice of a professional, such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Attorney if you need additional assistance.

Professional Licensing Section:

To see if someone is professionally licensed or if an existing licensee has disciplinary action go to Search Professional Licenses .

To file a complaint against a licensed or unlicensed professional, please check the list of regulated professions licensed by the Professional Licensing Section of this Division to ensure the complaint falls within the jurisdiction of this Division’s Investigation Unit.

For more information on how to file a complaint with this Division’s Investigations Unit go to Investigations.

Investigations Unit:

The Investigations Unit of this Division investigates matters pertaining to business licenses, endorsements, and licensed professionals. Please be aware that not all issues will fall within our jurisdiction and you may have to contact other agencies for assistance. You are encouraged to call Investigations office prior to submitting a complaint to ensure that we are able to assist you.

For more information, including contact information and on how to file a complaint with this Division’s Investigations Unit go to Investigations.

If your complaint is not under the jurisdiction of this Division you may need to contact a different agency. For more information see question #2 below.

You may wish to seek the advice of a professional or seek legal counsel.

2. What if my complaint is not within the jurisdiction of this Division, where else I can I go with my complaint for help? 3. I believe my complaint is within the jurisdiction of this division. How do I file a complaint? 4. I have a complaint about Alaska Statutes, who do I contact? 5. I have a complaint about Alaska Regulations, who do I contact?

This Division does not provide legal advice. The information contained within these webpages is provided for your convenience and is not to be interpreted as legal advice. It is your responsibility to know what your registering, reporting and filing requirements are based on your specific business activities. Not knowing what is expected of you may not preclude you from the legal obligation to meet these requirements and compliance with the law. You are encouraged to seek the advice of a professional, such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Attorney if you need additional assistance.

Contact Us
Professional Licensing Section Email: License@Alaska.Gov
Corporations Section Email: Corporations@Alaska.Gov
Business Licensing Section Email: BusinessLicense@Alaska.Gov