North Dakota Articles of Incorporation

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North Dakota 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. 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:North Dakota Secretary of State

Business Corporation Articles of Incorporation

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Agency Fee:



~15 days


N.D.C.C. c10-19.1 North Dakota Business Corporations Act

For Domestic Professional Corporations:

Agency:North Dakota Secretary of State

Professional Corporation Articles of Incorporation

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Other Helpful North Dakota Facts

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

North Dakota Directors

  • Number: One or more required.
  • Qualifications: Must be individuals.
  • Quorum: Majority of directors, unless articles of incorporation or bylaws fixes a different number.

North Dakota Officers

  • President, secretary, and treasurer required.

North Dakota Bylaws

  • Required: No. :

North Dakota Annual Shareholder Meeting

  • Required: No.
  • Action by written consent: Allowed if by all shareholders entitled to vote on the action. Artiticles of incorporation may provide if enough shareholders consent to equal the number required to take action by vote.

North Dakota Shareholders

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