In Michigan, filers do not have the option of filing online and will instead need to submit their forms either through the mail, by fax or by email. Those who would like to file by fax or by email will be required to obtain a MICH-ELF account in order to do so. This account will provide the state government with all the information necessary to properly charge the filing fee and identify the filer when they’re submitting a document. Review the instructions below to learn how to apply and how to file using your MICH-ELF account.

How to Apply

Step 1- To set up your account so you can file by fax and through email, you must first download this PDF.

Step 2- The application will ask for the following information:

  • Whether new application or update
  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Fax number
  • Street address
  • Credit card type
  • Card number, expiration date and holder
  • Cardholder bill address
  • Contact person and their phone number


Step 3- Once you’ve completed the form, send it into the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs via fax  (517-241-6445).

How to File using MICH-ELF

Step 1- When submitting a certificate request or entity registration form by email or fax, you will be required to use the MICH-ELF cover sheet. Begin by downloading the document here.

Step 2- Once downloaded, provide the following information:

  • MICH-ELF filer number
  • Specific person to review form
  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Contact person and phone number
  • Name and ID number appearing on documents
  • Title of documents
  • Total pages including cover sheet
  • Total pages in documents
  • Expected filing fee and max filing fee approved
  • Special instructions (if applicable)
  • Certificates request (if applicable)


Step 3- Once the cover sheet is completed, attach it to the other filing forms. You will be able to then send the documents by email to [email protected] or fax them to (517) 241-6445.

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