Virginia Articles of Incorporation Templates | VA State Corporation Committee

The Virginia Articles of Incorporation must be submitted to the Office of the Clerk for the approval of the Virginia Corporation Commission. All entities, in this state, must follow the regulations set forth by this governing entity in order to form and operate. The successful registration of a corporate entity here will enable an entity to function as such. Various types of entities will have different requirements to fulfill in order for a successful filing and all will have to pay the filing fee ($75.00 - $2,500.00). This may be done by check if filing by mail or with a credit card if filing online. You may file by mail to State Corporation Commission, Office of the Clerk, P.O. Box 1197, Richmond, Virginia 23218-1197. If filing online, you will need a login and may do so here: https://sccefile.scc.virginia.gov. All checks must be payable to State Corporation Commission.


Virginia Application for a Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Virginia as a Foreign Corporation | Form SCC759

Virginia Application for a Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Virginia as a Foreign Corporation | Form SCC759

The Virginia Application for a Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Virginia as a Foreign Corporation | Form SCC759 is the form required, by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, of foreign corporations wishing to apply for a Certificate of Authority to act as a corporation in the State of Virginia. The filing entity or […]

Virginia Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Nonstock Corporation | Form SCC819

Virginia Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Nonstock Corporation | Form SCC819

The Virginia Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Nonstock Corporation | Form SCC819 should be submitted to the Virginia State Corporation Commission when an entity wishing to incorporate is ready to satisfy the formation and registration requirements of a Virginia nonstock corporation. This form will include all the minimum provisions and information that must be […]

Virginia Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Professional Stock Corporation | Form SCC631

Virginia Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Professional Stock Corporation | Form SCC631

The Virginia Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Professional Stock Corporation | Form SCC631 is a required submission by the Virginia State Corporation Commission when an entity wishes to incorporate as a professional corporation. This paperwork may be filled out and submitted directly to the Office of the Clerk as one whole document with no […]

Virginia Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Stock Corporation | Form SCC619

Virginia Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Stock Corporation | Form SCC619

The Virginia Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Stock Corporation¬†| Form SCC619 represents the minimum amount of information that must be registered with the Virginia State Corporation Commission when an entity wishes to incorporate. In many cases this may not be sufficient and additional information may need to be documented with this governing body. In […]


How to File

Step 1 - Incorporating an entity will require a few important decisions which will have a longstanding impact on the corporation being formed. The first of which is, what type of corporation will the entity being incorporated be. The standard types: Profit, Nonprofit, Domestic, and Foreign will all decide what steps are necessary to form and register your corporation in compliance with Virginia State Law. For example, the process in registering a Domestic Nonprofit Corporation will be quite different from registering a Foreign Professional (Profit) Corporation. Decide the type of corporation that will be formed. Note: A foreign corporation, of any sort, is one that has already incorporated in another state or country and seeks to operate in this state.

Step 2 - Regardless of the type of corporation being formed or the governing bodies involved, the Virginia State Corporations Committee will only register the corporation and issue a Certificate of Incorporation if the corporation's Name is easily distinguishable from other business entities on its record books and in the eye of the public. Furthermore, you will need to employ a corporate designator to identify the entity as a corporation. For example, “Corporation,” “Incorporated,” and any of the generally accepted abbreviations are all appropriate.

Step 3 - The Virginia State Corporations Commission provides a search tool on its site allowing anyone to search through existing Name registrations for business entities. This can be very useful in determining a unique Name, since it may not be suggestive of another entity. That is, if there is a Mike's Widget Corporation then naming your corporation Mike's Widget Corp or Mike Widget Corporation may result in a denial when registering with the Virginia Secretary of State. To begin the search process, go to the Virginia Secretary of State Check Name Distinguishability page here: https://sccefile.scc.virginia.gov/NameAvailability.

Step 4 - In the text box labeled “Enter Name,” type in the Name you wish your corporation to bear. Note: If you enter a Partial Name, you will get more results. The goal will be to find a Name that does not sound anything like an existing one so it is recommended to enter a Partial Name. Once you have done this, select the button labeled “Check Name.”

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Step 5 - The next page will display the original search box (in case you wish to perform an additional search), and list the Name Conflicts below. Each Name Conflict Displayed is clickable and may be selected to view additional information regarding that entity. Select one of the Names appearing to view more information. If the Name you selected does not have any conflict, the website will state that no Conflicting Names were found.

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Step 6 - The next screen will give such details as the SCC ID Number, Entity Type, Jurisdiction of Formation, Date of Formation/Registration, Status, Shares Authorized, Principal Office Address, Registered Agent Address, Registered Agent Status, and Registered Agent Effective Date. Note: Keep in mind that an entity whose status is Inactive does not mean the Name is available.

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Step 7 - Once you have a Name for the corporation you will likely need to coordinate with a variety of governing bodies regarding the entity being formed. In some cases, depending on the entity type, preliminary filings, permissions or arrangements may need to be made. For instance, you will need to secure a Registered Agent before creating or registering your corporation with the Virginia State Corporations Commission.

Step 8 - In order to form and register your corporation you will need to submit the appropriate Virginia Articles of Incorporation (if domestic) or the Virginia Application for Certificate of Authority to the Virginia State Corporations Commission. This may be done by mailing it to the Office of the Clerk or by filing online. You may file online by going to https://sccefile.scc.virginia.gov. If so, you will need to pay the Filing Fee with a credit card. If paying by check you will need to file by mail to State Corporation Commission, Office of the Clerk, P.O. Box 1197, Richmond, Virginia 23218-1197. Filing Fees will range from $75.00 to up to $2,500. Checks must be made payable to State Corporation Commission.

How To Reserve a Name

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Step 1 - Download the Virginia Application for Reservation or for Renewal of Reservation of a Business Entity Name by selecting the “Download Form” link above or by clicking on this link: Form SCC631

Step 2 - Check the first box on the page to Reserve a Name.

Step 3 - Next to the words “Business Entity Name Being Reserved or Renewed,” document the Full Name you wish to reserve for the corporation being formed.

Step 4 - On the blank space following the words “Applicant's Printed Name,” print the Full Name of the individual who shall be able to use the Reserved Name. Below this, following the words “Applicant's Mailing Address,” several blank lines will be provided to report the Building Number, Street, Unit Number, City, State, and Zip Code for the Mailing Address the Applicant wishes the State Corporation Commission to use in response to this application.

Step 5 - Next, locate the words “Signature of Applicant or Applicant's authorized agent,” the Applicant or an authorized representative of this Applicant must Sign his or her Name.

Step 6 - If any entity other than the Applicant has Signed this document, then he or she must Print his or her Name and report his/her Title on the next two blank spaces.

Step 7 - The last line of this document, “Phone number of Applicant or Applicant's authorized agent” provides the option of reporting a Contact Number the State Corporation Commission may use in regards to this application.

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Step 8 - You must submit payment for a $10.00 Filing Fee, payable to State Corporation Commission then mail directly to the Office of the Clerk.

Mail To

State Corporation Commission
Office of the Clerk, P.O. Box 1197
Richmond, Virginia 23218-1197