Certificate of Incorporation Forms by State

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What Is a Certificate of Incorporation? 

A Certificate of Incorporation Form is a legal document that confirms the formation of the company and its registration with the state. You can submit paperwork to receive this brief document at any time, but it is recommended to do so as soon as possible - the best time is when you formed a company, since the state may take a long time to process the request. If your business does not comply with the requirements of the state related to the legitimization of companies, the personal assets of business members may be at risk.

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Certificate of Incorporation Forms by State

Whether you manage a small business or a large company, you will need an Incorporation Certificate in the following circumstances:

  1. You need to present a certified copy of this document when borrowing money from a financial institution.
  2. You are buying real estate and the current owner demands to see this document to close the deal.
  3. You lease office or store space and the landlord requests to examine your official documentation before the lease is signed.
  4. You need to confirm the existence of your entity before you enter into a new service or supply contract, apply for business permits or licenses.
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

How to Get a Certificate of Incorporation?

Here is how you can obtain an Official Certificate of Incorporation on your own:

  1. Find out which agency in your state issues Certificates of Incorporation. Usually, you have to appear in person in the Secretary of State office or send them documentation via certified mail, but you can also submit information online.
  2. Confirm your business is active at the moment, state its exact official name, type of the company, purpose of business, date of incorporation, names of all business partners and members, physical and mailing addresses of the organization, and verify the identity of your registered agent. You do not have to share the internal procedures of your company (indemnification, voting rights, dissolving procedure) or financial information with the state.
  3. Pay processing fees for the Certificate - if you file the request online, you can also pay the fees online, otherwise, you need to find a mailing address for payment and send them a check or money order. Later you may have to pay a fee for photocopying - it depends on regulations in your state and the size of the document.
  4. When your documentation is examined, you will be able to get a plain copy of the Incorporation Certificate from the appropriate authorities. Note that you need to submit amendments to this document if you later modify crucial details, for instance, if you appoint a new registered agent.

Once the business owner and registered agent of the company get access to the Certificate of Incorporation, it means that anyone can obtain it to learn more about the company. Relevant state offices that maintain business records issue certified copies of incorporation documents to anyone who needs them - for personal use or to verify the information about a potential business partner or supplier.


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Form DC-1 "Articles of Incorporation" - Hawaii

Rate (4.6 / 5) 70 votes
Size: 221 KB
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Form DNP-1 "Articles of Incorporation" - Hawaii

Rate (4.8 / 5) 28 votes
Size: 223 KB
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Form DC-5 "Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation" - Hawaii

Rate (4.5 / 5) 78 votes
Size: 113 KB
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Form DC-4 "Restated Articles of Incorporation" - Hawaii

Rate (4.4 / 5) 45 votes
Size: 103 KB
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Form MBCA-6 "Domestic Business Corporation Articles of Incorporation" - Maine

Rate (4.7 / 5) 56 votes
Size: 70 KB
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Form MNPCA-6 "Articles of Incorporation - Domestic Nonprofit Corporation" - Maine

Rate (4.3 / 5) 59 votes
Size: 47 KB
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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
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Form CAD-1 "West Virginia Articles of Incorporation for an Agricultural Cooperative Association" - West Virginia

Rate (4.8 / 5) 20 votes
Size: 1 MB
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Form CD-2 "West Virginia Articles of Incorporation Profit Amendment" - West Virginia

Rate (4.6 / 5) 30 votes
Size: 1 MB
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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 DFI/CORP/8 "Restated Articles of Incorporation Stock for-Profit Corporation" - Wisconsin

Rate (4.8 / 5) 22 votes
Size: 359 KB
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Form DFI/CORP/2 "Articles of Incorporation Stock for-Profit Corporation" - Wisconsin

Rate (4.7 / 5) 11 votes
Size: 276 KB
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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
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Form INHS76 "Articles of Incorporation for Florida Profit Social Purpose Corporation" - Florida

Rate (4.8 / 5) 17 votes
Size: 258 KB
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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
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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
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Form CORP.52 "Articles of Incorporation of a Nonprofit Corporation" - Missouri

Rate (4.8 / 5) 63 votes
Size: 458 KB
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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
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Form 11 "Articles of Incorporation" - New Hampshire

Rate (4.4 / 5) 37 votes
Size: 61 KB
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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 14 "Articles of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation" - New Hampshire

Rate (4.3 / 5) 10 votes
Size: 42 KB
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Form B-01 "Articles of Incorporation" - North Carolina

Rate (4.3 / 5) 8 votes
Size: 105 KB
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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
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Form NAI "Articles of Incorporation - Non-profit Corporation" - Kentucky

Rate (4.4 / 5) 16 votes
Size: 223 KB
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Form PAI "Articles of Incorporation - Profit Corporation" - Kentucky

Rate (4.6 / 5) 59 votes
Size: 137 KB
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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 to Be Attached to Articles/Certificate of Merger or Share Exchange (Mbca-10), Articles of Domestication (Mbca-19), Articles of Entity Conversion (Mbca-21-a), Articles of Domestication and Conversion (Mnpca-19) and Articles of Conversion of Partnership (Conv-Part)" - Maine

Rate (4.8 / 5) 82 votes
Size: 69 KB
2 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

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