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Incorporating a corporation in Washington

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 Washington corporation must be distinguishable from the name of any existing entity or forced fictitious names. Company Express will research your company name to make sure it meets Washington's standards.

Permitted designations: Washington 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
  • Banker
  • Banking
  • Cooperative
  • Cpa
  • Trust
  • Combinations of the words "industrial" and "loan"
  • Combinations of the words "building","savings","loan","home","association" and "society."

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.

Follow-up filings: Corporations must file an initial report within120 days after formation.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: At least one director is required

Director qualifications: No special provisions.

Appearance in articles: Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.

Principal office location / Registered Agent

Corporation's principal office may be located outside of Washington, but local registered agent is required.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Washington requires corporations to file an annual report on or before the last day of the anniversary month of the company’s incorporation. The state fee is $69.

Signatures: Emailed or faxed signatures are not accepted.

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