Articles of Incorporation Templates by State

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What Are Articles of Incorporation?

Articles of Incorporation are corporate charters (documents) that are the foundational deed used to establish a corporation in North America. Normally, they are filed with the Secretary of State. The document goes for companies with a specific tax structure that is designated by "Inc." or "Corp." In fact, it is not one document, but a set of formal documents filed to officially create a corporation, hence being referred to either as Articles of Formation.

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You can find various Articles of Incorporation templates down below, be it for a non-stock corporation, professional corporation, and so on.

A corporation should not be confused with Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) that need to file an entirely different set of articles. The main difference between the two lies in their tax structure. An LLC is taxed at the individual level (this type of taxation is known as pass-through taxation), a corporation is taxed both at the company level and at the individual level. There is also some difference as to the management structure of these two entities. Other differences include specifics of how profits and losses are handled by the two and how the ownership is dealt with.

Alabama Hawaii Massachusetts New Mexico South Dakota
Alaska Idaho Michigan New York Tennessee
Arizona Illinois Minnesota North Carolina Texas
Arkansas Indiana Mississippi North DakotaFile through FirstStop, the Secretary of State’s online filing system. Utah
California Iowa Missouri Ohio VermontFile online through the Vermont Secretary of State website.
Colorado Kansas MontanaFile online through the Montana Secretary of State website. Oklahoma Virginia
Connecticut Kentucky NebraskaFile online through the Nebraska Secretary of State website. Oregon  Washington
Delaware Louisiana Nevada Pennsylvania  West Virginia
Florida Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island  Wisconsin
Georgia Maryland New Jersey South Carolina  Wyoming

What Is the Purpose of Articles of Incorporation?

A vast majority of North American companies are registered as corporations. To be officially acknowledged as a corporation, your business must be incorporated. You do this by undertaking certain steps. The first step is filing the Articles of Formation for the company. By filing this document, you inform the local government of your plans to do business in that state.

There is a filing fee to incorporate in the state ranging from $50 (Iowa, Arkansas, and Michigan) to $520 (Massachusetts) if filed online. There may be an additional franchise tax. Another important document for corporations is the Corporate Bylaws. It basically provides guidelines on how a corporation has to operate. Bylaws and Articles form the basis for the business.

Filing for a certificate of incorporation gives your company certain benefits that a simple business does not possess. For example, you may acquire enormous benefits in the form of tax exemption and protection from creditors. The Articles become a public record listing all the important information about the business: its name, address (including the address of the registered agent), type of structure (profit, non-profit, non-stock, etc.), names of the board of directors, numbers of the authorized shares, people that own the corporation (stockholders), duration (if applicable) and name and address of the incorporator (person responsible for the corporation set up). This is not a complicated document. Basically, it requires the kind of information any business would provide for transparency.


Related Tags and Topics:

  • Corporation Bylaws;
  • Corporate Resolution.

Documents

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Form DNP-1 "Articles of Incorporation" - Hawaii

Rate (4.8 / 5) 28 votes
Size: 223 KB
2 pages

Form DC-1 "Articles of Incorporation" - Hawaii

Rate (4.6 / 5) 70 votes
Size: 221 KB
2 pages

Form DC-4 "Restated Articles of Incorporation" - Hawaii

Rate (4.4 / 5) 45 votes
Size: 103 KB
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Form DC-5 "Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation" - Hawaii

Rate (4.5 / 5) 78 votes
Size: 113 KB
2 pages

Form MBCA-6 "Domestic Business Corporation Articles of Incorporation" - Maine

Rate (4.7 / 5) 56 votes
Size: 70 KB
3 pages

Form MNPCA-6 "Articles of Incorporation - Domestic Nonprofit Corporation" - Maine

Rate (4.3 / 5) 59 votes
Size: 47 KB
4 pages

Form SBD-1 "West Virginia Articles of Incorporation for a Broadband Cooperative Association" - West Virginia

Rate (4.4 / 5) 8 votes
Size: 1 MB
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Form CD-1 "West Virginia Articles of Incorporation" - West Virginia

Rate (4.5 / 5) 20 votes
Size: 1 MB
9 pages

Form CAD-1 "West Virginia Articles of Incorporation for an Agricultural Cooperative Association" - West Virginia

Rate (4.8 / 5) 20 votes
Size: 1 MB
9 pages

Form CD-3 "West Virginia Articles of Incorporation Non-profit Amendment" - West Virginia

Rate (4.3 / 5) 11 votes
Size: 1 MB
6 pages

Form CD-2 "West Virginia Articles of Incorporation Profit Amendment" - West Virginia

Rate (4.6 / 5) 30 votes
Size: 1 MB
5 pages

Form DFI/CORP/2 "Articles of Incorporation Stock for-Profit Corporation" - Wisconsin

Rate (4.7 / 5) 11 votes
Size: 276 KB
2 pages

Form DFI/CORP/8 "Restated Articles of Incorporation Stock for-Profit Corporation" - Wisconsin

Rate (4.8 / 5) 22 votes
Size: 359 KB
3 pages

Instructions for Form DC-1 "Articles of Incorporation" - Hawaii

Rate (4.7 / 5) 26 votes
Size: 98 KB
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Instructions for Form DNP-1 "Articles of Incorporation" - Hawaii

Rate (4.3 / 5) 21 votes
Size: 17 KB
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Form INHS78 "Articles of Amendment to Articles of Incorporation" - Florida

Rate (4.4 / 5) 15 votes
Size: 357 KB
8 pages

Form INHS76 "Articles of Incorporation for Florida Profit Social Purpose Corporation" - Florida

Rate (4.8 / 5) 17 votes
Size: 258 KB
5 pages

Form MNPCA-6A "Restated Articles of Incorporation" - Maine

Rate (4.6 / 5) 74 votes
Size: 42 KB
3 pages

Form MBCA-6A "Restated Articles of Incorporation" - Maine

Rate (4.3 / 5) 65 votes
Size: 310 KB
2 pages

Form 11 "Articles of Incorporation" - Mississippi

Rate (4.8 / 5) 24 votes
Size: 309 KB
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Form CORP.41 "Articles of Incorporation of a for Profit Corporation" - Missouri

Rate (4.7 / 5) 58 votes
Size: 125 KB
2 pages

Form CORP.44 "Amendment of Articles of Incorporation for a General Business or Close Corporation" - Missouri

Rate (4.3 / 5) 71 votes
Size: 1 MB
2 pages

Form CORP.52 "Articles of Incorporation of a Nonprofit Corporation" - Missouri

Rate (4.8 / 5) 63 votes
Size: 458 KB
5 pages

Form 11 "Articles of Incorporation" - New Hampshire

Rate (4.4 / 5) 37 votes
Size: 61 KB
3 pages

Form 14 "Articles of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation" - New Hampshire

Rate (4.3 / 5) 10 votes
Size: 42 KB
2 pages

Form 15 "Restated Articles of Incorporation With or Without Designated Amendment(S)" - New Hampshire

Rate (4.6 / 5) 7 votes
Size: 105 KB
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Form B-01 "Articles of Incorporation" - North Carolina

Rate (4.3 / 5) 8 votes
Size: 105 KB
3 pages

Form C013 "Certificate Concerning Restated Articles of Incorporation Nonprofit Corporation" - Arizona

Rate (4.3 / 5) 59 votes
Size: 214 KB
1 page

Form KPS "Articles of Incorporation - Professional Service Corporation" - Kentucky

Rate (4.4 / 5) 77 votes
Size: 183 KB
2 pages

Form NAI "Articles of Incorporation - Non-profit Corporation" - Kentucky

Rate (4.4 / 5) 16 votes
Size: 223 KB
2 pages

Form PAI "Articles of Incorporation - Profit Corporation" - Kentucky

Rate (4.6 / 5) 59 votes
Size: 137 KB
2 pages

Form SS984 (SS399) "Articles of Incorporation - Domestic Business Corporation" - Louisiana

Rate (4.4 / 5) 20 votes
Size: 343 KB
4 pages

Form MNPCA-6-1 "Articles of Incorporation" - Maine

Rate (4.5 / 5) 43 votes
Size: 37 KB
2 pages

Form MBCA-6-1 "Articles of Incorporation" - Maine

Rate (4.8 / 5) 68 votes
Size: 285 KB
2 pages

Form CSCL/CD-515 "Certificate of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation for Use by Domestic Profit and Nonprofit Corporations" - Michigan

Rate (4.4 / 5) 90 votes
Size: 156 KB
5 pages

Form CSCL/CD-516 "Certificate of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation for Use by Ecclesiastical Corporations" - Michigan

Rate (4.6 / 5) 68 votes
Size: 131 KB
4 pages