South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Templates | SC Secretary of State

The South Carolina Articles of Incorporation are a basic template developed by the South Carolina Secretary of State and must be submitted (in duplicate) to this entity in order for a corporation to register and therefore legally form in this state. Business corporations will also need to submit the First Report of Incorporation with the Articles of Incorporation. The Fee for the First Report is $25.00 but is included in the Articles of Incorporation Filing Fee where it applies. The Filing Fee for the Articles of Incorporation range from $25.00 for domestic nonprofit to $135.00 for foreign or domestic profit corporations. All such fees must be paid for with a check made payable to "Secretary of State" and all submittals may be mailed to Secretary of State, 1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525, Columbia, SC 29201.


South Carolina Application by a Foreign Corporation to Transact Business in the State of South Carolina

South Carolina Application by a Foreign Corporation to Transact Business in the State of South Carolina

The South Carolina Application by a Foreign Corporation to Transact Business in the State of South Carolina must be filed in duplicate with a completed Initial Annual Report of Corporations (Form CL-1) and a Certificate of Existence issued by the parent state within 30 days of the Filing Date with the South Carolina Secretary of […]

South Carolina Application by a Foreign Nonprofit Corporation for a Certificate of Authority in the State of South Carolina

South Carolina Application by a Foreign Nonprofit Corporation for a Certificate of Authority in the State of South Carolina

The South Carolina Application by a Foreign Nonprofit Corporation for a Certificate of Authority in the State of South Carolina should be submitted by foreign nonprofit corporations to the South Carolina Secretary of State prior to attempting to operate as such in this state. This form was developed by the South Carolina Secretary of State […]

South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Benefit Corporation – Statutory Close Corporation

South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Benefit Corporation – Statutory Close Corporation

The South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Benefit Corporation – Statutory Close Corporation is the template form an Incorporator must use to submit the information required by the South Carolina Secretary of State in order for that entity to form in a way that is compliant with South Carolina Law. This is a specific type of […]

South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Benefit Corporation-Professional Corporation

South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Benefit Corporation-Professional Corporation

The South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Benefit Corporation-Professional Corporation is the form the South Carolina Secretary of State requires of Incorporators when they wish to create a benefit corporation-professional corporation in this state. This is a specific type of corporation in that it must provide a benefit to the public and must provide a service […]

South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Professional Corporation

South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Professional Corporation

The South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Professional Corporation provides the necessary framework for the information required by the South Carolina Secretary of State to be reported. This form was developed by this governing entity and an entity incorporating as such an entity may not legally form or operate unless these articles have been submitted to […]

State of South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Benefit Corporation

State of South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Benefit Corporation

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State of South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Nonprofit Corporation – Domestic

State of South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Nonprofit Corporation – Domestic

The State of South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Nonprofit Corporation – Domestic Nonprofit is a required filing with the South Carolina Secretary of State for Incorporators wishing to create a nonprofit corporate entity. In fact, one creates a nonprofit corporation, in the eyes of the state, by submitting this completed form, the required paperwork for […]

State of South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Profit Corporation

State of South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Profit Corporation

The State of South Carolina Articles of Incorporation Profit Corporation must be completed and submitted by Incorporators, to the South Carolina Secretary of State, before it is allowed to start its operations. Corporations in this state must obtain a Certificate of Incorporation from the South Carolina Secretary of State in order to legally form and […]


How to File

Step 1 - In order to form a corporate entity in this state, you must first define the type of corporate entity that will be created. There are several types of Profit Corporations (i.e. Business, Professional, Benefit, etc.) and several types of Nonprofit Corporations (Nonprofit, Religious, Cooperative). In fact, some of these entity types may overlap (i.e. a nonprofit professional corporation providing medical services with no intention of making a profit) however, whatever type of corporation is being formed will need to be defined in order to be created.

Step 2 - Next, you will need to give the corporation you are forming a Name to operate under. This must be a unique Name on the record books, meaning that if another profit or nonprofit corporate entity operates under a Name you may not use that Name or version that may confuse the public (or the government). In addition to this, the Name you choose must bear a corporate designator in the Name (i.e. Corporation, Corp., Incorporated, Inc., etc.).

Step 3 - It is often recommended that when forming a corporate entity, one should consider doing some research as to whether the Name chosen has been claimed or not. The South Carolina Secretary of State has provided a Business Filings Search Tool which may be used for this purpose. While there is no real guarantee that a Name will be available when you register and file your corporation with the South Carolina Secretary of State, there is a certain likelihood a Name will be acceptable. In order to do this, go to: http://www.scsos.com/Search%20Business%20Filings.

Step 4 - Locate the field labeled “Corporation Name” near the top of the main area of the page. Enter a partial version of the Full Name or the exact Full Name you wish to give your corporation. Generally, it is a good idea to use a partial version since this will give more results. For example, if you wish to name your entity Rick’s Widgets, enter Rick Widgets. After all, the two Names are similar enough to potentially create an issue of confusion. Note: If the Name you wish to enter begins with a definitive article (i.e. “The”), leave off the article and use the main Name.

Step 5 - The “Options” field contains a drop down list where you may choose the more criteria for your search. You may perform a search for Names that “Begins With” what you entered in the “Corporation Name” field or contains what you entered in the “Corporation Name” field. Select your preferred search criteria. Then select the button labeled “Search.”

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Step 6 - The Corporate Search Results page will display the entities bearing the Name you searched for in a list. Each name will display a Details page when selected. For our purposes, select a Name to view specifics about that entity.

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Step 7 - The Details page, will display whether this entity is Domestic or Foreign, its Status, State of Incorporation, and its entity type. Below this will be information regarding the Registered Agent’s public information, then finally its File Date, Effective Date, and Dissolved Date. There will also be a section for Corporation History Records to be displayed. It should be noted these records are only updated once every 48 hours. If you wish to, you may reserve a Name (see instructions below) or simply proceed to the next step and solidify the Name for your corporation when you file the Articles of Incorporation.

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Step 8 - Next, you will need to make sure that all the paperwork that may be required for your corporation’s entity type has been attained and fulfilled. For instance, if you are forming a close professional medical corporation, you must make sure the doctors providing care have a license to allow them to practice medicine in the State of South Carolina. A requirement all corporations, regardless of entity type, must fulfill is obtaining a Registered Agent who maintains a Registered Office in the State of Carolina. Make sure that all preliminary steps that need to be taken have been completed before filing with the South Carolina Secretary of State.

Step 9 - Once you are ready to register your corporation with the South Carolina Secretary of State, you may do so in person or by mail to Secretary of State, 1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525, Columbia, SC 29201. It is important to note that most entity types will need to also submit the First Report of Incorporation (CL-1) with their Articles of Incorporation. When this is the case, the form fee for filing a CL-1 is included in the Filing Fee for the corresponding Articles of Incorporation. The Filing Fee for the Articles of Incorporation will range from $25.00 to $135.00, depending upon the entity type. All checks issued must be made payable to “Secretary of State.”

 

How To Reserve a Name

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Step 1 - Select the “Download Form” link above. You may fill this out onscreen, with a typewriter, or by hand. It must be in dark ink and legible.

Step 2 - In Item 1, locate a blank line just above the words “for a period of one hundred twenty days from the date of filing this applications. Enter the Full Name of the forming corporation you wish to reserve.

Step 3 - In Item 2, document the Full Name of the applicant, wishing to reserve the Name reported in Item 1, on the first blank line. Then utilizing the second and third blank line, enter the Full Address of the applicant wishing to reserve the Name stated in this application.

Step 4 - Next, locate the line in the lower left hand side of the form labeled “Date.” Enter the Current Date on this line.

Step 5 - On the bottom right side of the form, report the Name you wish to reserve on the blank line labeled “Name Reserved.”

Step 6 - On the blank line labeled “Signature,” the applicant wishing to reserve the Name must provide his/her Signature.

Step 7 - On the blank line labeled “Print Name,” the applicant must Print his or her Full Name.

SC Name reserveStep 8 - Once completed, you may submit this form in duplicate to the South Carolina Secretary of State. This must be accompanied with a check, made out to “Secretary of State,” for $10.00. Mail two originals, or one original and a copy (bearing the Signature) to Secretary of State, 1205 Pendleton Street Suite 525, Columbia, SC 29201.