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Forming a Corporation in Kentucky

If you want to incorporate a corporation, Company Express will research the availability of chosen company name, prepare for you and file with the Secretary of State office all required corporate paperwork and obtain certified copy of filed documents, if it will be requested by the client.  We also will appoint registered agent for your corporation, as required by the state law, and will help with many of your follow-up corporate needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing. You can find below some of the State incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Kentucky requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with any other name on record with the Secretary of State. Company Express will research your company name to make sure it meets Kentucky's standards.

Permitted designations: Kentucky corporate names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:
  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.
Restricted designations: TThe use of the following words in corporation's name will require approval by the state:
  • Bank
  • Banking
  • Engineer
  • Engineering
  • Engineers
  • Insurance
Prohibited designations: 
  • Cooperative

Filing Requirements

Please note, that we, at Company Express, will handle all required incorporation filing for you. The following information is presented for your information only.

Required documents: Articles of Incorporation filed with the Secretary of State.

Location to file: Businesses must file their corporate documents in the same county where their registered agent is located.

Turnaround time: About 5 -7  business days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Minimum one director is required.

Appearance in articles: Not required.

Principal office location / Registered Agent

Kentucky requires a corporation's principal office to be located inside the state and local registered agent is also required.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Annual reports must be filed before June 30.

Signatures: Only company officers or directors are authorized to sign annual reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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