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Incorporating a Corporation in New York

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

Names of New York requires corporations should not be confused with any existing entity. Company Express will research your company name to make sure it meets New York's standards.

Permitted designations: New York corporate names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.
Restricted designations: The use of the following words in corporation's name will require approval by the state:
  • Legal Services
  • Academy
  • Acceptance
  • Annuity
  • Arboretum
  • Assurance
  • Bank
  • Banker
  • Banking
  • Banks
  • Banque
  • Benefit
  • Blind
  • Bond
  • Casualty
  • College
  • Conservatory
  • Council
  • Education
  • Elementary
  • Endowment
  • Exchange
  • Fidelity
  • Finance
  • Guaranty
  • Handicapped
  • Historical
  • Historical Society
  • History
  • Indemnity
  • Industrial Organization
  • Institute
  • Insurance
  • Investment
  • Kindergarten
  • Labor
  • Library
  • Loan
  • Mortgage
  • Mortgage Guaranty
  • Mortgage Insurance
  • Museum
  • Nursery School
  • Prekindergarten
  • Preschool
  • Savings
  • School
  • Secondary
  • Surety
  • Title
  • Trust
  • Underwriter
  • Union
  • University

Prohibited designations:

  • Board of Trade
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Community Renewal
  • Redevelopment Corporation
  • State Police
  • State Trooper
  • Tenant Relocation
  • Urban Development
  • Urban Relocation

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: Certificate of Incorporation filed with the New York Department of State.

Turnaround time: About 20-30 business days. 24 hours expedited filings are available for an additional fee.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Minimum one director is required.

Director qualifications: Directors must be at least 18 years old.

Appearance in articles: Director names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Certificate of Incorporation.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Biennial statement has to be filed during the month that marks the anniversary of incorporation. The state fee is $9.

Signature: Director, officer or authorized person can sign annual report. 

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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