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Articles of Incorporation (California Corporation)

You can use the Articles of Incorporation to formally incorporate your for-profit corporation in California. Customizable and ready to use in less than 5 minutes.
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Document Overview

You can use the Articles of Incorporation to formally incorporate your for-profit corporation in California. Once completed, you need to file this Articles of Incorporation with the California Secretary of State.

This document is for a for-profit corporation and shouldn’t be used if you are wanting to incorporate a limited liability company, partnership or not-for-profit corporation.

What do the Articles of Incorporation cover?

This document contains only the information required by the California Corporations Code for a short form certificate. This includes:

  • The name of the corporation - you need to provide a name for the corporation that complies with the naming requirements. Failure to do this will result in your Articles of Incorporations being rejected.

  • The purpose of the corporation – This statement of purpose cannot be altered.

  • The address of your registered agent for service of process – California law requires you to appoint a California registered agent who accepts legal correspondence and certain tax documents on behalf of your company.

  • The corporate address.

  • Classes of shares that can be issued.

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