Articles of incorporation

The articles of incorporation is a charter that initially establishes the existence of a corporation. It is filed with the Secretary of State of the state government in which the business owners want to incorporate. The articles include the following information:

  • The address of the corporation
  • The effective date of the document
  • The name of the corporation
  • The name of the registered agent
  • The names of the incorporators
  • The number of shares authorized for issuance
  • The purpose of the corporation
  • The type of corporate structure

The state governments usually supply templates for articles of incorporation to anyone wanting to create corporations