Michigan Articles of Incorporation Templates | MI Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

The Michigan Articles of Incorporation are the forms used by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau (Commonly known as "LARA") to gather the required information for a corporation to form in this state. Currently, they may be submitted in person or by mail. However if you have payment information registered in a MICH-ELF account, you may also fax in the articles appropriate for your corporation. All filings must be submitted with any paperwork that is required for that entity type along with a method for paying the filing fee in full. Filing Fees will range, on average, from $20.00 - $60.00 however for certain entities the filing fee may be considerably higher depending upon the number of shares that entity has been authorized to issue.


Michigan Application For Certificate Of Authority To Transact Business Or Conduct Affairs In Michigan For Use By Foreign Corporations

Michigan Application For Certificate Of Authority To Transact Business Or Conduct Affairs In Michigan For Use By Foreign Corporations

The Michigan Application For Certificate Of Authority To Transact Business Or Conduct Affairs In Michigan For Use By Foreign Corporations | Form CSCL/CD-560 must be filled out then submitted to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau by a foreign corporation before it may conduct its affairs in […]

Michigan Articles of Incorporation For Use By A Nonprofit Corporation | Form CSCL/CD-502

Michigan Articles of Incorporation For Use By A Nonprofit Corporation | Form CSCL/CD-502

The Michigan Articles of Incorporation For Use By A Nonprofit Corporation | Form CSCL/CD-502 should be submitted to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau by an Incorporator wishing to form a domestic nonprofit corporation in the State of Michigan. Oftentimes, nonprofit corporations wish to be exempt from […]

Michigan Articles of Incorporation For Use By Domestic Professional Corporation | Form CSCL/CD-501

Michigan Articles of Incorporation For Use By Domestic Professional Corporation | Form CSCL/CD-501

The Michigan Articles of Incorporation For Use By Domestic Professional Corporation | Form CSCL/CD – 501 is designed for one or more licensed professionals who wish to form a corporation which will render the service he/she/they are licensed to deliver professionally. A professional corporation exists and operates like any other profit corporations thereby delivering all […]

Michigan Articles of Incorporation For Use By Domestic Profit Corporation | Form CSCL/CD-500

Michigan Articles of Incorporation For Use By Domestic Profit Corporation | Form CSCL/CD-500

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Services Articles of Incorporation For use by Profit Corporation is a standardized form made available for an Incorporator’s use. This provides the basic information required by the Michigan Business Corporation Act of 1972. While these minimal requirements may satisfy the needs of most corporations, it is possible additional information or paperwork […]

Michigan Articles of Incorporation For Use By Ecclesiastical Corporations | Form CSCL/CD-503

Michigan Articles of Incorporation For Use By Ecclesiastical Corporations | Form CSCL/CD-503

The Michigan Articles of Incorporation For Use By Ecclesiastical Corporations | Form CSCL/CD-503 organizes the basic information required by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau for the formation of this entity type. There will be other interested governing bodies that shall have a criteria which must be satisfied as well. […]


How to File

Step 1 – Decide your entity type. That is, what kind of corporation would you like to form? How it operates, the taxes it pays, the reason behind its formation, and how many people will be involved in its formation and operation are all aspects that should determine this. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs provides for the formation of For Profit, Professional, Nonprofit, and Ecclesiastical corporations to be formed as domestic corporations. Out of State businesses wishing to operate in Michigan, will need to submit a An Application for Certificate of Authority.

Step 2 - Your next step should be to Name the corporation being formed. There are a few requirements upon corporate names in the State of Michigan. It must be a unique Name on record meaning that no other business entity uses it. It must also contain a suffix indicating the corporate structure and status to the public. Company, Corporation, Incorporated, Limited, Co., Corp., Inc., and Ltd.

Step 3 - Verify the name you have selected for your corporate entity is unique in this state by doing some research. If the corporate Name does not conform to the requirements Michigan has set forth, the corporate formation process may be significantly slowed down or halted until your entity is in compliance. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is the governing body that approves all corporate formations and their registration in this state. Thus, you may use their Corporations Division Business Entity Entity Search tool to search for any corporations who bear the name you have chosen. This is a wise precautionary measure to take. To do so, visit: http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/bcs_corp/sr_corp.asp

Step 4 - You will have three options on this page to search by. You may search by the business Name, a Key Word contained in the word, or an Identification Number. You will get a wider range of results if you use the Key Word option or a partial Name. This may be useful since your entity Name must be unique enough to not confuse the public as to who they are doing business with. For our purposes, select either the radio button labeled “Search Database by Name” or “Search Database by Key Word.” Then enter the search criteria in the text box next to the words “Entity Name or ID Number” and click on the “Search” button. This will direct the browser to your query’s search results.

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Step 5 - The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Corporations Division Business Entity Search Results page. This will contain a table with the Entity Name, ID Number, and Type of Entity each one is. Each Entity Name is a link which will lead to a Corporate Entity Details Page. If you would like to view any particular one, select a corporate entity.

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Step 6 – The Corporate Entity Details page will deliver the ID Number, Entity Name, Type of Entity, Resident Agent, Registered Office Address, Mailing Address, Formed Under Act Numbers, Incorporation/Qualification Date, Jurisdiction of Origin, Number of Shares, Year of Most Recent Annual Report, Year of Most Recent Annual Report with Officers & Directors, Status, And Status Date. There will also be a link labeled “Assumed Name” in the top right hand corner of the page. This will deliver all the Names this entity has operated under along with the Date range of activity. You may also view the public filing the entity in question has submitted by selecting the link at the bottom of the entry labeled “View Document Images.” Below this you may choose to select the link labeled “Return to Search Results” to see the table containing your criteria matches or you may select the link labeled “New Search” to conduct a new search. Note: Even if a corporation has been dissolved, this does not necessarily make the Name available for use. If you have found a unique name you may reserve it. To do this proceed to the next step. If you do not wish to reserve the Name proceed to Step 16

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Step 7 - You may reserve the Name for up to six months as per Section 215 of the Business Corporation Act of 1972 as of the month following the date you have submitted an application to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Corporations, Securities & Commerce Licensing Bureau’s. To do this, first download this PDF form: Application For Reservation of Name.

Step 8 - Locate the box with the heavy border near the top left of the page. Then report your Full Name on the first line of this box. On the next line, labeled “Address,” enter the Building Number, Street, and Site Number of your Address. You must then fill in the City, State, and Zip Code in their own boxes below this. This must be a reliable Mailing Address.

Step 9 - Now, below the heading “Application for Reservation of Name,” enter the Name you wish to reserve for exclusive use in Item 1. This should be the Full Name of the corporation you are forming as it will appear on the articles of incorporation you will submit. It must also have the appropriate suffix of your choosing.

Step 10 - In Item 2, select the box labeled “Profit Corporation” or “Nonprofit Corporation.”

Step 11 - Below Item 2, you must enter the Calendar Date of the Month, the Month, and the Year this application is being signed. There will three blank spaces after the words “Signed this,” enter the Day, Month, and Year of the Signature in that order across these lines.

Step 12 - Print your Name on the blank line directly below the Date you have just entered.

Step 13 - Sign the Application on the Signature Line, located directly below your Printed Name. Next to your Signature, enter any Title you hold that may be applicable.

Step 14 - The last two lines are reserved for your Address. Enter your Building Number, Street, and Suite Number on the line labeled “Street Address” then enter your City, State, and Zip Code on the line below this.

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Step 15 - You may mail this application to Michigan Department of Licensing Bureau, Corporations Division, P.O. Box 30054, Lansing, MI 48909 with a check or money order in the amount of $10.00 and made payable to “Secretary of State.” If you choose to hand deliver this application, you may pay this fee by credit card as well (Discover, MasterCard, VISA) but you must bring the application in person to 2501 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI. You may also fax this in provided you have a MICH-ELF account. Expedited service is available but will require an additional fee and an additional form. There are several levels of expedited service you may request and the fee will depend upon the level of service. You may request 24 hour expedited service for $50.00, Same Day Service for $100.00, 2 Hour Service for $500.00, or 1 Hour Service for $1000.00. Same day and 24 hour requests must be made by 1:00 pm EST, 2 Hour requests must be made by 3:00 PM EST, and 1 Hour Requests must be made by 4:00 PM EST. Each Expedited request must be made with this form: Expedited Service Request

Step 16 - Now that you know the type of corporation you may incorporate your entity to you must select and submit the appropriate Articles of Incorporation. The Filing Fee must be submitted with this paperwork. This will range from $20.00 (nonprofit corporations) to $120.00 (foreign for-profit corporations). These fees are payable by check or money order made out to “Secretary of State” whether you mail in your articles or hand deliver them. If you hand deliver them, you will have the option of also paying by Discover, MasterCard, or VISA.