Wisconsin Articles of Incorporation Templates | WI Department of Financial Institutions

The Wisconsin Articles of Incorporation are a set of documents that every corporation forming in the State of Wisconsin must file with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. While a set of template forms have been provided to the general public to outline the information required, Incorporators may may draw up their own documents for submittal. This is especially useful since many entities may be required to submit additional information. On the whole, the standard Filing Fee for the articles will range from $35.00 to $100.00 however some entities may need to calculate theirs. All applicable fees associated with this type of filing must be paid at the time of filing. If you are filing by mail, you will need pay with a check made payable to "Department of Financial Institutions." Generally, it will take about five business days for the review process, however this may be expedited to the close of the next business day for an additional $25.00.


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How to File

Step 1 - When forming a corporation in the State of Wisconsin, the most fundamental question to ask is what type of corporation will be formed. Entities such as nonprofit corporations, profit corporations, professional corporations, or benefit corporations are all different types of corporations. Each one will operate for a distinctive reason and will need to be formed through a process appropriate to that entity type.

Step 2 - Next you will also need to give the corporation a Name. This will distinguish the entity you are forming from other corporate entities. The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions will require you to give your corporation a unique Name. That is, one that is easily identifiable on the record books. Additionally, all corporations must use a corporate designator in the Name such as Corporation, Incorporated, or an appropriate abbreviation that is generally accepted. The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institution website will provide a search tool which may be used to check if other corporate entities bear a similar or same Name as the one you wish to give the entity being incorporated. To increase your chances of a successful filing, go to https://www.wdfi.org/apps/CorpSearch/NameAvailability.aspx.

Step 3 - In the text box labeled “Search Corporate Records Name Ability Search,” enter the Full Name of the corporation you wish to form then select the “Search” button.

Step 4 - Broader results may be gotten with a Partial version of the Name. You may use partial Names or search for by the first word in a Name by selecting the link labeled “Advance.” Here, locate the field labeled “Find Records.” Below this field you may choose to search for either the “Exact Phrase,” “Using all the words,” or “That start with these words” by simply selecting the corresponding bubble. You may wish to make sure that no other entity has a Name that sounds like the one you want to use as your paperwork may be delayed or denied if it is too confusing. Thus it is strongly recommended to search with the “Using all the words” option. Enter a Partial version of the Name you wish to use, select the radio button labeled “Using all the words,” then select the button labeled “Search Records.”

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Step 5 - If you do not have any results, there is a decent chance that you have found a unique Name. You may want to search once or twice more. If you have many results, they will be displayed in a table with the column headings labeled “ID,” “Entity Name/Type,” “Registered Effective Date,” “Status/Status Date.” If you wish to view further information select one of the entries in the “Entity Name/Type” column.

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Step 6 - The Details page for the entity you selected will list the Entity ID, Registered Effective Date, Period of Existence, Status, Status Date, Entity Type, Annual Report Requirements, Registered Agent Office Address, Principal Office Address, Annual Reports, Certificates of Newly-elected Officers/Directors, Old Names, and Chronology (of filings) on one page. Using the options at the top of the page you may File an Annual Report, Request a Certificate of Status, File a Registered Agent/Office Form or you may perform another search. It is worth noting that while some entities may have dissolved, this will not guarantee the Name is available. If the Name you have chosen matches any in the search then, you should strongly consider repeating the process until you have found a wholly unique Name. If you have found such a Name, you have the option of reserving it for 120 days (See instructions below) prematurely or simply reserve the Name by filing the entity’s articles of incorporation.

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Step 7 - Next, you will need to fulfill the requirements specific to your corporation’s entity type. Some basic requirements should be fulfilled by all corporations such as obtaining a Wisconsin Registered Agent and documenting its by-laws properly. The Wisconsin Department of Finances will not be the only entity that needs to be satisfied thus, it is important that Incorporators are knowledgeable regarding this process. In fact, it is often suggested that Incorporators seek consultation with a Wisconsin Attorney who is familiar with the process of incorporating the type of entity being registered. Such a precaution will go a long way in being time efficient as any delay may be difficult to recover from.

Step 8 - The final step will be to submit the Wisconsin Articles of Incorporation to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. This may be done in-person, by mail, or online. The average time for processing this paperwork is roughly five business days depending on the department’s workload however for a small expediting fee ($25.00) this process may be shortened to the end of the next business day after it is received. You may pay the mandatory Filing Fee for the submitted articles and any additional fees, such as the optional expediting fee by check if mailing or by credit card if filing online. Some entities will need to calculate their exact Filing Fee however the minimum Fee will be $35.00. You may submit the Wisconsin Articles of Incorporation – Stock For Profit Corporation to State of WI – Dept. of Financial Institutions, Box 93348, Milwaukee WI, 53293-0348. If you are using Express or Priority Mail as a method of delivery you may send your submission package to State of WI – Dept. of Financial Institutions 201 W. Washington Ave., Suite 300, Madison WI, 53703. You may file online at https://www.wdfi.org/apps/corpformation/.

 

 

How to Reserve a Name

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Step 1 - Obtain the Wisconsin Name Reservation Application by downloading it from the link above “Download Form” or by selecting this link: Form DFI Corp-1

Step 2 - First, enter the full Name you wish to reserve for the entity being incorporated in Item 1.

Step 3 - There are three check boxes to choose from in defining the entity reserving this name. For our purposes, select the first one “Domestic and foreign business corporations, limited liability companies, and cooperatives.

Step 4 - Locate the area labeled “Print applicant’s full name and address.” Here, you must enter the Full Name and the Complete Address of the individual seeking to hold the rights to the Name being reserved.

Step 5 - On the line beginning with “Date” enter the Date of Signature, then have the applicant or submitter Sign his or her Name.

Step 6 - If the Applicant is submitting this application then mark the box labeled “Applicant.” If not, leave this box blank, enter the Title of the individual submitting this application then print the Name of the submitter.

Step 7 - At the top of the next page, locate the blank box on the left hand side. Here you must enter the Name and Mailing Address you would like a response sent to. Below this will be a space where you may enter the Daytime Phone Number the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions may use as a means of contact regarding this application.

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Step 8 - Next, you will need to submit this application with a full payment of the Filing Fee ($15.00) which is payable with a check made out to “Department of Financial Institutions.” You may mail this application to State of WI – Dept. of Financial Institutions, Box 93348
Milwaukee WI 53293-0348. If you are using Express Mail, then mail it to Department of Financial Institutions, Division of Corporate & Consumer Services, 201 W. Washington Ave – Suite 300, Madison WI 53703. If you would like to expedite the review process of this filing locate and check the box in the top right corner on the first page labeled “Optional Expedited Service” then add $25.00 to the amount you are paying.