Tennessee Articles of Incorporation
Tennessee 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
For Domestic Corporations:
|Agency:||Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Business Services|
Mail, in-person, or online
~4 business days by mail. ~2 days online. Immediately in-person.
Other Helpful Tennessee Facts
As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Tennessee.
- Number: One or more required.
- Qualifications: None.
- Quorum: Majority of directors, unless bylaws or charter fixes a different number. No less than one third.
- 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.
- Required: Yes.
Tennessee 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. charter may provide that less than all shareholders consent.
- Qualifications: N/A
- Stock Certificate: Not Required.
- Voting Trusts Allowed: Yes.