North Carolina Articles of Incorporation Templates | North Carolina Secretary of State Corporations Division

The North Carolina Articles of Incorporation are a set of documents developed by the North Carolina Secretary of State for those wishing to form a corporate entity. Each entity type will have its own articles of incorporation and, therefore, own requirements to fulfill with this governing entity. When filing, a check or money order payment must accompany the filing. This must be made payable to "Secretary of State." Filing Fees will range from $25.00 to $250.00. Expediting services are available for an additional fee depending upon the level of service.


North Carolina Application for Certificate of Authority Foreign Nonprofit Corporation | Form N-09

North Carolina Application for Certificate of Authority Foreign Nonprofit Corporation | Form N-09

The North Carolina Application for Certificate of Authority Foreign Nonprofit Corporation | Form N-09 will need to be accepted and approved by the North Carolina Secretary of State Corporations Division whenever a foreign entity intends to operate as such an entity in this state. Virtually any qualifying foreign nonprofit corporation may apply for this certificate […]

North Carolina Articles of Incorporation for Domestic Profit Corporation | Form B-01

North Carolina Articles of Incorporation for Domestic Profit Corporation | Form B-01

The North Carolina Articles of Incorporation for Domestic Profit Corporation | Form B-01 requires several pieces of information which are required by the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State Corporations Division. In order to fill out this form you will need such items readily available as a unique Name for the corporation being […]

North Carolina Articles of Incorporation Nonprofit Corporation | Form N-01

North Carolina Articles of Incorporation Nonprofit Corporation | Form N-01

The North Carolina Articles of Incorporation Nonprofit Corporation | Form N-01 will need to be filled out and approved by the North Carolina Secretary of State before an entity is allowed to operate as a nonprofit corporation in the State of North Carolina. There are many different types of nonprofit corporation, for instance the entity […]

The North Carolina Application for Certificate of Authority Foreign Profit Corporation| Form B-09

The North Carolina Application for Certificate of Authority Foreign Profit Corporation| Form B-09

The North Carolina Application for Certificate of Authority Foreign Profit Corporation | Form B-09 will grant foreign profit corporations the right to conduct business in the State of North Carolina if approved by the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State. This application is a requirement of the State of North Carolina and it […]


How to File

Step 1 - One of the first decisions to make when forming a corporation in the State of North Carolina is that of what type of corporation. This will have quite an impact as it will define the corporation to the North Carolina Secretary of State. Some examples of basic corporation types are a For Profit Corporation, Professional Corporation, and Nonprofit Corporation.

Step 2 - The next basic step is to Name the corporation you are forming. In North Carolina, you must adhere to N.C.G.S. §55D-20-01(a) and include a word of incorporation (corporation, company, limited, incorporated, or any of the generally accepted abbreviations). Additionally, the Name should be unique and readily distinguishable from other entity Names. While deciding upon a Name it may be a good idea to consult the North Carolina Secretary of State Business Search Tool. This will help in finding a Name that is more likely to be accepted by the State of North Carolina. To use the search tool, go here: https://www.sosnc.gov/search/index/corp

Step 3 - The default search will be to search in the Corporations Division for Corporations. The Search Type box is a drop down menu that will give you the option of searching for an entity whose Name starts with your search criteria, contains any of the words in your search criteria, contains all the words in your search criteria, is an exact match to your search criteria, or allow you to search by ID number. Select one of the first three. Then in the text box labeled “Organizational Name,” enter the Name of your corporation. Once done, select the button labeled “Search.” This will deliver the Search Results to your browser.

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Step 4 - The Search Result will either deliver no results and allow you to search again or will deliver any results matching your criteria in a table. Each row will contain the Entity Name, Name Type, SOS ID, Type, Status, Date Formed, and Online Annual Report. Each Name will deliver a Profile page on that entity (in the “Entity Name” column). You may select any one of these names to view that entity’s details.

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Step 5 - The Profile page will give an opportunity to view that entity’s Document Filings, it will also deliver the Legal Name, the SOS ID, Status, Annual Report Status, Citizenship, Date Formed, State of Incorporation, Registered Agent, Registered Office, Registered Mailing Address, and any Professional Services the entity may deliver (if a professional corporation). It is worth mentioning that an inactive status does not necessarily mean the Name is available. Once you have decided upon a unique Name for your corporation, you may either reserve it for 120 days (see instructions below) or, if relatively sure of its availability, you may report it when filing with the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State.

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Step 6 - The next step will be to locate and obtain the permission of a Registered Agent in the State of North Carolina. This must be an individual over the age of 18 or it may be an organization (other then the corporation you are forming). This party must maintain an Address and physical location in the State of North Carolina. The Registered Agent will be the party where court documents aimed at the forming corporation will be delivered and accepted by the Registered Agent on behalf of the corporation you are forming.

Step 7 - You may have to contact several governing entities when forming a corporation depending upon the Nature of your corporation, its Purpose, its Entity Type, and/or the locality where it is physically located. As an Incorporator, you must be well informed on the nuances of forming and registering a corporation with the North Carolina Secretary of State. Make sure that all interested governing bodies that must be are, that all necessary preliminary processes are satisfied, and that any licenses that may be required for the entity you are forming are obtained.

Step 8 - Every corporation whether it is domestic or foreign must register and gain approval from the North Carolina Secretary of State. If this is a domestic corporation, you will need to file an Articles of Incorporaton while if this is a foreign corporation you will need to apply for a Certificate of Authority. All required paperwork/documents must be submitted simultaneously with either of these form types along with Full Payment for the Filing Fee. The Filing Fee will depend upon the entity type and will range from $60.00 to $250.00.

How To Reserve A Name

Download Application

Step 1 - Select the words “Download Application” above. This is a link to a PDF file which you may edit onscreen with a PDF program or you may print then fill out.

Step 2 - Document the corporate Name you have chosen to reserve on the blank line in Item 1.

Step 3 - Enter your Full Name in Item 2.

Step 4 - On the first line of Item 3, enter your Street Address. This should be composed of a Building Number, a Street, and any applicable Suite or Unit Number. Then on the second line, in Item 3, enter City, State, and Zip Code of your Address.

Step 5 - In Item 4, enter the Calendar Day you are signing this document on the first blank space. On the second and third blank spaces, enter the Month and Year you are Signing this document (respectively).

Step 6 - If you are filling this out on behalf of an organization enter the Name of this organization on the line labeled “Entity Name.” Below this, the applicant must Sign his/her Name, then finally Print his/her Name and report any Title they may hold.

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Step 7 - You must apply by mail to Corporations Division, P.O. Box 29622, Raleigh, NC 27626-0622. This application must be accompanied by a check or money order made out to Secretary of State in the amount of $30.00 (filing fee).