Articles of incorporation

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The 1870 articles of incorporation for the Standard Oil Company

Articles of incorporation, also referred to as the certificate of incorporation or the corporate charter, act as a charter to establish the existence of a corporation in the United States and Canada, and are filed with the Secretary of State, or other company registrar.

An equivalent term for limited liability companies (LLCs) in the United States is articles of organization. For terms with similar meaning in other countries, see articles of association.

United States[edit]

The articles of incorporation outline the governance of a corporation along with the corporate bylaws and the corporate statutes in the state where articles of incorporation are filed.

The articles of incorporation typically include the name of the corporation, the type of corporate structure (e.g. profit corporation, nonprofit corporation, professional corporation), the registered agent, the number of authorized shares, the effective date, the duration (perpetual by default), and the names and signatures of the incorporators.

The state fee to file articles of incorporation to incorporate a profit corporation range from $50 - $300, and to incorporate a nonprofit corporation range from $0 -$125.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Entity formation fees [1].

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