Washington Articles of Incorporation

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Washington articles of incorporation are filed to create a corporation.

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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:Washington Secretary of State - Corporations Division
Form:

Articles of Incorporation - Washington Profit Corporation

Filing method:

Mail, in-person, or online

Agency fee:

$180 by mail or in-person. $230 expedited by mail or in-person. $200 online.

Turnaround:

~2 months by paper. ~2-3 business days expedited paper or online.

Law:

RCW §23B Washington Business Corporation Act

Notes:
  • The Secretary of State will issue your Unified Business Identifier (UBI) which is your state id across state departments.


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 Washington Facts

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


Washington Directors

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

Washington 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.

Washington Bylaws

  • Required: Yes.

Washington Annual Shareholder Meeting

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

Washington Shareholders

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

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