Indiana Articles of Incorporation

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What Are Indiana Articles of Incorporation?

Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your business corporation. 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.

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

For Domestic Corporations:

Agency:Indiana Secretary of State - Business Services Division
Form:

Articles of Incorporation 4159

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person or online

Agency Fee:

$100

Turnaround:

~15 minutes online. ~24 hours in-person. ~5-7 business days by mail.

Law:

Indiana Code - Title 23: Business and Other Associations - Article 1: Indiana Business Corporation Law

Notes:

Submit the original and one copy.

For Domestic Professional Corporations:

Agency:Indiana Secretary of State - Business Services Division
Form:

Articles of Incorporation 4159 (same form as for-profit articles)

Agency Fee:

$100


Other Helpful Indiana Facts

As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Indiana.


Indiana Directors

  • Number: One or more required.
  • Qualifications: None.
  • Quorum: Majority of directors, unless bylaws fix a different number. No less than one third.

Indiana Officers

  • As stated in the bylaws, but a minimum of one. One person may hold multiple offices. One officer is required to be responsible for maintaining corporate records.

Indiana Bylaws

  • Required: Yes.

Indiana 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.

Indiana Shareholders

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

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