Delaware Articles of Incorporation

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Delaware articles of incorporation are filed to create a corporation.

Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your business corporation. (If you are starting a nonprofit corporation, click here.) Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the corporation. Only after this approval can the corporation apply for tax IDs, obtain business licenses, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.

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Benefits

Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
  • Provides governance and adds credibility

Fast Facts

We will prepare and file your articles of incorporation as follows:

Agency:Delaware Department of State - Division of Corporations
Form:

Certificate of Incorporation

Filing method:

Mail or fax

Agency fee:

$89 + $9 for extra pages + optional $50-$1000 expedite fee

Turnaround:

~3 weeks. ~24 hours for $50 state expedite fee. Same-day for $100 state expedite fee. ~2 hours for $500 state expedite fee. 1 hour for $1000 state expedite fee.

Law:

Delaware Code, Title 8: General Corporation Law

Notes:

Include a cover letter.



Why use our Articles of Incorporation service?

We're specialists in incorporation and compliance. We focus solely on corporate compliance, and the state-specific expertise to provide you best-in-industry service at a competitive rate.

A compliance specialists will work with you 1-on-1 to prepare and file your articles of incorporation. You can also rely on your specialist for other services to help you set up and maintain a compliant corporation.

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Other Helpful Delaware Facts

As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Delaware. Your specialist will help you tailor articles of incorporation to your state.


Delaware Directors

  • Number: One or more required.
  • Qualifications: Natural person.
  • Quorum: Majority of directors, unless bylaws fix a different number. No less than one third.

Delaware Officers

  • As stated in the bylaws. One person may hold multiple offices. One officer is required to be responsible for maintaining corporate records.

Delaware Bylaws

  • Required: No.

Delaware Annual Shareholder Meeting

  • Required: Yes, unless directors are elected by written consent.
  • Action by written consent: Allowed if enough shareholders consent to equal the number required to take action by vote.

Delaware Shareholders

  • Qualifications: N/A
  • Stock Certificate: Not required.
  • Voting Trusts Allowed: Yes.

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