Certificate of Incorporation

How To Use

This review list is provided to inform you about the Certificate of Incorporation document in question and assist you in its preparation.

  • Before filing this form with the state, call to confirm the address and procedure for filing, including fees. Also, confirm that the name selected for the corporation is available and, where appropriate, reserve the name.
  • After filing with the state, it may be necessary to file this document in another office, such as the county recorder of deeds. The state corporation office where the document is originally filed can advise about additional filing requirements.
  • The Certificate of Incorporation is used to form a for-profit corporation. This form cannot be used to form any type of entity except a corporation.
  • Incorporation laws vary from state to state and change over time. Before using this document, have a lawyer review it.
  • The original of this document should be kept in your corporate minute book or wherever important corporate documents are kept. A duplicate set should be kept in your home or business office.