Vermont Articles of Incorporation Templates | VT Division of Corporations

The Vermont Articles of Incorporation must be submitted to the Vermont Secretary of State Division of Corporations whenever an entity wishes to incorporate in the State of Vermont. This may be delivered in person, by mail, or online and will carry a Filing Fee of $125.00 for most, if not all entities. This fee may be paid for with cash (in person filings only), with a check/money order payable to SOS VT (in person and by mail filings), or with a credit card or echeck (in person and online filings). In person and mail filings must be submitted at Vermont Secretary of State, Corporations Division, 128 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-1104 while online filings must be submitted at https://www.vtsosonline.com/online/Home/Acknowledgement?from=BF.


Vermont Articles of Incorporation of a Vermont General Corporation | Form Corp – 1(G)

Vermont Articles of Incorporation of a Vermont General Corporation | Form Corp – 1(G)

The Vermont Articles of a Vermont General Corporation¬†| Form Corp – 1(G) are required by the Vermont Secretary of State Division of Corporations when an entity wishes to incorporate as a general profit corporation, professional corporation, worker’s cooperative corporation, and benefit corporation. The information requested on this template form will generally cover the standard reporting […]

Vermont Articles of Incorporation Vermont Close Corporation | Form Corp-1(C)

Vermont Articles of Incorporation Vermont Close Corporation | Form Corp-1(C)

The Vermont Articles of Incorporation Vermont Close Corporation¬†| Form Corp-1(C) should be filed, by entities wishing to incorporate while retaining most of the decision making power in small group, with the Vermont Secretary of State Corporations Division. Close Corporations in Vermont, enjoy the structure, liability protection, and some of the tax benefits incorporation provides while […]

Vermont Secretary of State Application For Certificate of Authority of a Non-Vermont Corporation (Profit, Nonprofit, or Cooperative) | Form Corp – 1(F)

Vermont Secretary of State Application For Certificate of Authority of a Non-Vermont Corporation (Profit, Nonprofit, or Cooperative) | Form Corp – 1(F)

The Vermont Secretary of State Application For Certificate of Authority of a Non-Vermont Corporation (Profit, Nonprofit, or Cooperative) | Form Corp – 1(F) is required paperwork by the Vermont Secretary of State Corporations Division for foreign corporate entities wishing to do business in the State of Vermont. Foreign corporations are corporate entities who are already […]

Vermont Secretary of State Nonprofit Incorporation | Form Corp-1(N)

Vermont Secretary of State Nonprofit Incorporation | Form Corp-1(N)

The Vermont Secretary of State Articles of Incorporation Nonprofit Corporation |Form Corp-1(N) must be used to submit the information required by the Vermont Secretary of State Corporations Division when an entity incorporates as a nonprofit corporation. This form may be considered appropriate both for Public Benefit Corporations and Mutual Benefit Corporations regardless of whether the […]


How to File

Step 1 - In order to form incorporate in the State of Vermont, you must first decide what type of corporation you will be created. This will involve making some very clear cut decisions relating to the goal or purpose of the corporation's activities, how it will operate in general, and what expectations its existence will satisfy.

Step 2 - The next step is crucial to the formation of this entity. You must give the corporation being created a unique Name on the record books. That is, no other business entity must be using the Name of the corporation being formed. Additionally, this corporate entity must have a word of incorporation to designate the corporate status it will hold. Typically, words of incorporation that are appropriate are Corporation, Incorporated, or an acceptable abbreviation of either one.

Step 3 - Most would say a good precaution to take, to heighten one's chances of having the Name they are reporting, for the corporation being formed, is to search the Vermont Secretary of State records for Names that are too similar or already in use. While this provides no guarantee a Name is available for use, it may prove to be quite fruitful in most cases. To begin, go to: https://www.vtsosonline.com/online/BusinessInquire.

Step 4 - At the beginning of the “Express Search” section, select one of the radio buttons indicating how you would like the database to match the search criteria you will enter. You may select the radio button labeled “Starts With,” “Exact Match,” or “Contains.” It is recommended to select “Contains.”

Step 5 - In the field labeled “Business Name,” enter the Full Name you wish to give the corporation being formed. You may also enter a partial version of this Name. Next to this field you have an opportunity to find phonetic matches as well by selecting the check box labeled “Show me similar sounding business names.” This is also recommended for a complete search for Names that are too similar to the one being searched. Once you are done, select the “Search” button at the bottom of the page.

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Step 6 - The next is the Business Search Results page. This page will show all the matching records for your query in a table. Each entity will have its Business Name, Business ID, Business Type, Principal Business Office Address, Registered Agent Name, Fiscal Year Month, and Status displayed. Each Business Name is a link which may be clicked to view details pertaining to that entity. Select one now.

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Step 7 - The Business Details page will deliver several pieces of information that are considered public information: Business Name, Business Type, Business Description, Date of Incorporation/Registration Date, Principal Office Business Address, Citizenship, Business ID, Business Status, Principal Office Mailing Address, Registered Agent Name, Registered Agent Physical Address, Registered Agent Mailing Address, the Name of the Trade Name Owner, the Title of the Trade Name Owner, and the Address of the Trade Name Owner. You may also use the buttons at the bottom to view the “Filing History” or the “Name History.” Once you have found a Name that is not in use, you may proceed. Keep in mind that just because a business is Inactive, this does not mean the Name is available for use – only the Vermont Secretary of State may make that determination. If you wish to reserve the Name (See Instructions Below), you may do so but this is not required to proceed.

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Step 8 - Next you will need to fulfill the requirements for the type of corporation being formed. For instance, some nonprofit corporations will need to contact the I.R.S before submitting this filing if intending to apply for Tax Exempt Status or professional corporation may need to obtain approval from licensing or regulatory boards prior to filing. All corporations must name a Registered Agent who maintains an office in the State of Vermont prior to filing with the Secretary of State. Most Incorporators should consult with an attorney to make sure they are fully abreast of all governing entities who will impose requirements upon the forming entity.

Step 9 - Next, you will need to register the formation of your corporation with the Vermont Secretary of State. This is a requirement and corporations will need the approval of this entity in order to form and operate. This may be done by in person, by mail or online and will carry a Filing Fee ($125.00). If paying by check you must make the check payable to “VT SOS.” You may file online or in person at Vermont Secretary of State, Corporations Division, 128 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-1104 or you may file online at https://www.vtsosonline.com/online/Home/Acknowledgement?from=BF. Online filings may only be paid for with a credit card or an echeck.

How To Reserve a Name

Step 1 - Go to this page: https://www.vtsosonline.com/online/Home/Acknowledgement. Select the button labeled “Click to Acknowledge” then log in to your account.

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Step 2 - Next, from the link on your dashboard on the right select the menu option “Secretary of State Online Services.” Then, from the drop down menu that appears, select the link labeled “Name Reservation,” under the heading “Reserve a Name.”

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Step 3 - In the section labeled “Reservation Information,” report the Business Name you wish to reserve. This should contain a word of incorporation.

Step 4 - In the next field, labeled “Alternate Business Name (1st Choice)” report another Name that may be used for the corporation should the first one be unavailable.

Step 5 - In the next field, labeled “Alternate Business Name (2nd Choice),” enter a second option for a Name you wish to reserve, should the first two be unavailable for use.

Step 6 - In the section labeled “NAICS Code,” use the drop down menu to select the NAICS code that applies to the corporation you will form. This is the type of industry the corporation will operate in.

Step 7 - In the section labeled “Reserved For,” enter the Name of the applicant in the field labeled “Name.” Then use the fields labeled “Street Address 1″ and “Street Address 2″ to report the Building Number, Street, and the Suite Number of the person wishing to reserve this Name.

Step 8 - Enter the “City” in the field labeled “City.”

Step 9 - Use the drop down list in the field labeled “State” to select the State where the party wishing to reserve the Name is located.

Step 10 - In the field labeled “Country,” use the drop down list to select the Country where the person wishing to reserve this name is located.

Step 11 - Report the Zip Code of this party's address in the field labeled “Zip Code.”

Step 12 - In the section labeled “Applicant Information,” locate the field labeled “Name.” Here, enter the Full Name of the applicant or submitter of this application.

Step 13 - In the section labeled “Street Address 1″ report the Building Number and Street in the applicant's address. Then, in “Street Address 2,” report the Unit Number in the Applicant's Address.

Step 14 - In the field labeled “City,” report the City where the applicant is located.

Step 15 - Select the applicant's State in the “State” field.

Step 16 - Report the Country of the applicant in the field labeled “Country.”

Step 17 - Report the Zip Code, in the applicant's address, in the field labeled “Zip Code.”

Step 18 - Next, use the “Email” field to report the Email Address of the applicant.

Step 19 - In the section labeled “Certification of Application,” the applicant must provide an Electronic Signature in the field labeled “Authorizer Signature” then in the field labeled “Authorizor Title,” report the title the applicant holds (i.e. Incorporator). Once you select “Continue” you will be guided to an area where you may review the information you have entered.

Step 20 - Review the information you have entered. You may use the “Edit” button to correct any errors that may exist. If the information entered is correct, select the button labeled “Proceed to Pay.”

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Step 21 - The Application Fee for this Name Reservation is $20.00. You may pay with either a credit card or an e-check. Select the radio button that indicates the method of payment you would like to use then enter the appropriate information. For credit cards, you will need to enter the Credit Card Number, First Name of the Cardholder, Last Name of the Cardholder, Expiration Date of the Card, the three digit Security Code on the back of the card, the Street Address of the Cardholder, the City of the Cardholder, the State of the Cardholder, the Zip Code of the Cardholder, and the Country of the Cardholder. For echecks, you will need to enter the Bank Name, Bank Account Number, Account Holder Name, Bank Account Type, Routing Number, Street Address, City, State, Zip Code, and Country associated with the check being submitted. Choosing this option will give you the ability to print the application and mail it in with a check. Otherwise, you may pay online.

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