(A) Expedited service shall be available for any filing under Chapter 1329. and Title 17 of the Revised Code.
(B) For the purposes of this rule, certification requests (i.e., good standing certificates, copies) are not considered filings. Therefore, certification requests cannot be expedited.
(C) The following expedited service levels are hereby established and the fees and processing times are as follows:
(1) The filing fee for level one shall be one hundred dollars. The processing time for level one shall processed within two business days of receipt of the filing by the secretary of states office.
(2) The filing fee for level two shall be two hundred dollars. The processing time for level two shall be within one business day of receipt of the filing by the secretary of state's office (i.e., a filing received Tuesday at eleven-thirty a.m. will be processed by Wednesday at eleven-thirty a.m.).
(3) The filing fee for level three shall be three hundred dollars. The processing time for level three shall be within four business hours of receipt of the filing by the secretary of state's office (i.e., a filing received Monday at twelve-fifteen p.m. will be processed by four-fifteen p.m. on the same day). To the extent possible. The secretary of state will work with customers to resolve any filing issues that may arise with level three filings to adhere to the four business hour processing time.
(4) Expedited service processing times are based on workdays only and do not include weekends and holidays (i.e., a level three filing that is received on Friday at four-twenty p.m. will be processed by the following Monday by eleven-twenty a.m.).
(D) The expedited service fees as outlined in paragraph (C) of this rule shall be charged above and beyond the normal filing fees that are outlined in section 111.16 of the Revised Code.
(E) Only requests for level one expedited services may be submitted through the mail. These requests must be accompanied by a cover letter or a correspondence slip form with the "expedite service" box marked. The letter should clearly indicate that the customer is requesting expedited service, give a person's name, and to whom the document should be returned.
(F) Payment must accompany the filing. The secretary of state shall not bill or extend credit for any level of expedited service.
(G) Incomplete or incorrect documents cannot be processed.
(H) The secretary of state reserves the right to limit expedited service to one filing per customer per day. This will only be done when demand is so high that is would be impossible to process the filing within the above time frames.
(I) The secretary of state reserves the right to suspend expedited services when circumstances (i.e., computer failure, natural disaster, etc.) prevent the timely filing of the document.
(J) The secretary of state reserves the right to activate or suspend any or all expedited service levels as outlined in paragraph (C) of this rule.
(K) The secretary of state reserves the right to activate or suspend any or all expedited service requests on a particular type(s) of filing under Title 17 or Chapter 1329. of the Revised Code.
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