Pennsylvania Articles of Incorporation

Pennsylvania 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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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:

Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations

Form DSCB:15-1306: Articles of Incorporation - For Profit

Filing Method:

Mail or using online

State Fee:



~5-10 business days.


19 Pa. Code c23

  • Pennsylvania’s Online Business Registration Interview (OBRI) requires substantially more paperwork than filing by mail. It takes an experienced individual anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours to complete the OBRI.
  • You need to file a PA docketing statement with your articles.
  • You may also need to attach to your articles any necessary copies of Form DSCB:17.2.3 (Consent to Appropriation of Name) or government approvals.

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 Pennsylvania Facts

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

Pennsylvania Directors

  • Number: One or more required.
  • Qualifications: Natural persons of full age.
  • Quorum: Majority of directors, unless bylaws fix a different number.

Pennsylvania Officers

  • President, secretary, and treasurer required.

Pennsylvania Bylaws

  • Required: No.

Pennsylvania Annual Shareholder Meeting

  • Required: Yes.
  • 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.

Pennsylvania Shareholders

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

Articles of Incorporation Service

With our service, we actually prepare and file your articles of incorporation for you. You don't have to type your information into a long computerized questionnaire, making guesses along the way.

Your compliance specialist personally prepares your articles, answers your questions, and gets them approved by the state. Most articles are filed with the state in just 1 business day.

We charge a flat rate of $199 plus state fees. Unlike our competitors, we charge a fair price up-front - that means no hidden fees and no selling your information to third-parties.

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