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Incorporating a corporation in South Dakota

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

Name of South Dakota corporation may not be the same as or descriptively similar to the name of any business entities registered or reserved with the Secretary of State. Company Express will research your company name to make sure it meets South Dakota's standards.

Permitted designations: South Dakota 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: The use of the following words in corporation's name will require approval by the state:
  • Bank
  • Insurance

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.

Turnaround time: About 7-10 business days. 2-3 days 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 Articles of Incorporation.

Registered Agent

Local registered agent is required. 

Annual Reports

Time to file: South Dakota requires corporations to file an annual report in the anniversary month of the company’s incorporation. The state filing fee is $50.

Signatures: Only company officers are authorized to sign annual reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are not accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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