Maine Articles of Incorporation

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Maine 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.

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:Maine Secretary of State - Bureau of Corporations, Elections, and Commissions
Form:

Form MBCA-6: Articles of Incorporation

Filing method:

Mail or in-person

Agency fee:

$145 + optional $50-100 expedite fee

Turnaround:

~14 business days. ~24 hours for $50 expedite fee. Immediately for $100 expedite fee.

Law:

Maine Revised Statues - Title 13-C: Maine Business Corporation Act

Notes:

When filing by mail, include the filer contact cover form. See optional provisions.



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 Maine Facts

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


Maine Directors

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

Maine 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.

Maine Bylaws

  • Required: Yes.

Maine Annual Shareholder Meeting

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

Maine Shareholders

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

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