Utah Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a Utah nonprofit corporation.

Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your nonprofit corporation. Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the nonprofit. Only after this approval can you apply for 501c, apply for fundraising licenses, open a bank account, and otherwise conduct business.


Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your organization's name
  • Is a prerequisite for applying for 501(c) tax exemption
  • Provides governance and adds credibility to the business or organization

Fast Facts

Agency:Utah Department of Commerce - Division of Corporations and Commerical Code

Articles of Incorporation


Form SS-4418 - Instructions and Preparing Articles of Incorporation For a Nonprofit Corporation in Utah and Guide sheet: Information on Incorporating a Nonprofit Corporation

Filing Method:

Mail, fax, in-person, or online

Agency Fee:



~14 business days by mail or fax. ~1 business day online.


Utah Code - Title 16: Corporations - Chapter 6a: Utah Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act


A certificate of incorporation is issued upon approval.

Fact Checked:6/13/17

Other Helpful Utah Facts

As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Utah, keep in mind:

Utah Directors

  • Number: minimum 3
  • Qualifications: Natural person 18 years of age or older. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
  • Term: 1 year
  • Quorum: majority
  • Committee: minimum 2 directors

Utah Officers

  • Defined in bylaws or board resolution. One officer prepares minutes of the directors' and members' meetings, keeps required records, and authenticates records.
  • Qualifications: Natural person 18 years of age or older. Need not be a director.
  • Two or more offices may be held by the same individual.

Utah Members

  • Members: optional
  • Regular meeting: required annually
  • Quorum: presence of voting members

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