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SECTION 3
Filing and recording certificates of incorporation of religious corporations
Religious Corporations (RCO) CHAPTER 51, ARTICLE 2
§ 3. Filing and recording certificates of incorporation of religious
corporations. The certificate of incorporation of a religious
corporation shall be acknowledged or proved before an officer authorized
to take the acknowledgment or proof of deeds or conveyances of real
estate, to be recorded in the county in which the principal office or
place of worship of said corporation is or is intended to be situated,
and shall be filed and recorded in the office of the clerk of said
county. If there is not, or is not intended to be, any such office or
place of worship, the certificate shall be filed and recorded in the
office of the secretary of state. Where a religious corporation removes
to another county within the state a duplicate copy of its certificate
of incorporation together with a statement of such removal duly signed
and acknowledged by the directors and officers of said corporation may
be filed in the office of the clerk of said county to which it has
removed.

The recording of any certificate of a religious corporation organized
under provisions of "An act to provide for the incorporation of
religious societies," passed April fifth, eighteen hundred and thirteen,
and of the acts amending the same, in the office of a clerk of a county
prior to the passage of chapter thirty-five of the laws of eighteen
hundred and ninety-seven, instead of in the office of the register of
such county, shall be regarded and construed and such recording is
hereby declared to be of the same validity, force and effect as would
have been the recording of such certificate in the proper office. And
every act, deed, matter and thing done or performed by every such
religious society or corporation since the recording of its certificate
in the office of said county clerk is hereby ratified, confirmed and
declared to be as valid in all respects as if the said certificate had
been properly and appropriately recorded in the office of the register
of the county in which said religious society or corporation was
organized; but this section shall not affect any suit or proceeding
already commenced arising out of such original mistake.