Minnesota Articles of Incorporation | MN Secretary of State

The Minnesota Articles of Incorporation are a set of form templates which were designed to organize the basic information required by the Minnesota Secretary of State. These forms will only provide the most basic information and should not be used if additional information such as that for professional corporations or entities who shall apply for Tax Exempt Status. In such cases, it would be wise to consult with the appropriate professionals (such as an attorney or an accountant). The appropriate form may be submitted in person, by mail, or online. All Filing Fees will be due upon submission. Failure to pay these fees satisfactorily will result in a delay or even a denial of the filing process for the entity. Filing Fees will range from $70.00 to $220.00


Minnesota Business Corporation | Articles of Incorporation

Minnesota Business Corporation | Articles of Incorporation

The Minnesota Business Corporation | Articles of Incorporation must be submitted to the Minnesota Secretary of State for this governing entity’s approval. This is one of the required documents which must filled out and submitted before a corporate entity may be allowed to operate in the State of Minnesota. This form was created by the […]

Minnesota Foreign Corporation or Cooperative | Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Minnesota

Minnesota Foreign Corporation or Cooperative | Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Minnesota

The Minnesota Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in the State of Minnesota must be submitted to the Minnesota Secretary of State whenever a foreign profit corporation or a foreign nonprofit corporation wishes to transact business in this state. While this form has been composed by the Minnesota Secretary of State, it may not be […]

Minnesota Nonprofit Corporation | Articles of Incorporation

Minnesota Nonprofit Corporation | Articles of Incorporation

The Minnesota Nonprofit Corporation | Articles of Incorporation is a document form which must be filled out and submitted to the Minnesota Secretary of State. This is a standard form which shall meet the minimum set of required information that must be submitted to this entity. It is important to not however this form would […]


How to File

Step 1 - You must decide the upon the type of corporation you wish to form. You will need to take certain things into consideration, for instance how do Minnesota Statutes define an entity with the purpose and method of operation of the entity being formed.

Step 2 - You will now need to name the corporation being formed. Regardless of the type of corporation being created, it will need to have a unique and identifiable name. Also, you will need to include a word of incorporation. It may be any one you choose out of Corporation, Corp., Incorporated., Inc., Company, Co., Limited, or Ltd. If you do choose to use the word Company or the abbreviation Co, bear in mind you may not use precede it with conjunctions such as “and” since this would be misleading.

Step 3 - This is an optional stage however it is highly recommended. Many would prefer to verify the name they wish to use is available before forming a corporation. This will improve the chances that you have selected a useable name. If you have selected an unusable name, the creation process for the corporation being formed may be significantly delayed or halted. The Minnesota Secretary of State's website maintains a search tool which may be used to search through previously registered business name. To access this tool click here:

Step 4 - In the first section of the page, labeled “Search Business Filings,” enter the proposed Name for the entity being created in the text box labeled “Search.” Make sure the button “Business Name” is selected then click the “Search” button. This will open a page with the “Search Results” table.

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Step 5 - The “Search Results table will contain the Name, Business Status, Business Type, and Name Type
for each search result matching your criteria. Each row will contain this information on a corporation and a “Details” button. Select the “Details” button to view more information regarding a particular entity.

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Step 6 - This page is the “Business Record Details” page. Here, you will see the selected entity's Name, Business Type, MN Status, File Number, Home Jurisdiction, Filing Date, Status, Renewal Due Date, Principal Place of Business Address, Name Holder, Name Holder Address, and a section for “Filing History.”

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Step 7 - You may have to perform several searches before settling on a name, especially if you are using a popular word. However once you do, you may then proceed to satisfy the preliminary steps depending on your corporation type. For instance, professional corporations may have to obtain licenses and/or profit corporations must obtain permission to issue stock. You will also have to name a registered agent. Once the set up of the corporation has been finalized, you will need to register it with the Minnesota Secretary of State via the Articles of Incorporation.

Step 8 - You may organize and submit the Minnesota Articles of Incorporation for the appropriate type of entity being formed by mail, in-person, or electronically. You will have to obtain a login with the Minnesota Secretary of State (http://www.sos.state.mn.us/) if filing electronically. If dropping off in person or mailing, deliver to: Minnesota Secretary of State – Business Services, Retirement Seystems of Minnesota Building, 60 Empire Drive, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55103. Make sure to include all necessary paperwork and appropriate fees.

How To Reserve a Corporate Name By Mail

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Step 1 - Download the Name Reservation | Request for Reservation of Name by selecting the “Download Form” link provided above and saving this file to your computer.

Step 2 - Locate Item 1 then enter the Desired Name you wish to reserve

Step 3 - In Item 2, enter the individual who shall own the rights to this name. In the case where the name holder is the business entity that will use the name, enter the name of the individual submitting the articles of incorporation for that entity.

Step 4 - Next, in Item 3, enter the Street Address where the name holder may be found in the first box. In the second, third, and fourth box, report the City, State, and Zip Code where the name holder may be found. Note: You will not be able to reserve a name if you use a P.O. Box as it will be unacceptable.

Step 5 - Read Item 4 carefully as the name holder is bound by these conditions.

Step 6 - In Item 5, the individual authorized to submit this application must Sign the first box. In the second box, enter the Date of the Signature.

Step 7 - Under the heading “Email Address for Official Notices,” enter a reliable Email where the Minnesota Secretary of State may contact the submitter of this document regarding this application. If you do not wish this Email Address to be used for bulk data, place a mark in the check box below the text box.

Step 8 - The last line of this page will contain two text boxes. The first must bear the Contact Name of the individual who must be contacted regarding this application. Then in the second box of this line, enter the Phone Number of this individual. If you are filling this out using a PDF program and you have finished filling out this application using a PDF, program select the “Print” button at the bottom of the page. Note: Remember it must bear an actual ink signature, so you will have to enter the information, print it, then have Item 5 signed and Dated.

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Step 9 - You may either drop this application off in person or you may mail it in. This must be accompanied with payment of the Filing Fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to MN Secretary of State. The Filing Fee will be $55.00 if dropping off in-person (expedited). If mailing this application in, enclose a check or money order for $35.00. Submit this application to: Minnesota Secretary of State – Business Services, Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building, 60 Empire Drive, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55103. Note the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.