BizTerm Definition
articles of incorporation
Short Definition
Document used to form a corporation
Full Definition


A document, specifying the basic details of a new corporation (articles), which is filed with a state agency (usually the Secretary of State or Corporations Commission, depending on the state) to form a corporation. Although each state has differing rules/statutes stating what is included in the articles of incorporation, they usually include:


the name of the corporation;


the registered agent & registered office address;


the number of shares of stock (and often par value);


and the name and address of the incorporator

Many states require other articles such as:



the purpose of the corporation


its principal place of business


the names of its initial directors who will set up the initial corporate structure


and the types of stock it is authorized to issue


Articles of incorporation are usually considered filed and the corporation entity exists when the state accepts articles of incorporation and stamps them with a filing date.



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