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Incorporating a Corporation in Delaware

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 Delaware  corporations must be distinguishable from any domestic or foreign corporations or entities, LLCs, LLLPs, LLPs, LPs, NFPs, Trusts and PCs. Company Express will  research your company name to make sure it meets Delaware's standards.

Permitted designations: Delaware corporate names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:
  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.
  • Association
  • Club
  • Foundation
  • Fund
  • Institute
  • Society
  • Union
  • Syndicate
Restricted designations: The use of the following words in corporation's name will require approval by the state:
  • Assurance
  • Banc
  • Bancorporation
  • Bank
  • Banque
  • Bond
  • Bonding
  • Casualty
  • Fidelity
  • Guaranty
  • Health Plan
  • Hmo
  • Indemnity
  • Insurance
  • Re
  • Reassurance
  • Risk
  • Risk Retention
  • Surety
  • Surplus Lines
  • Trust
  • Trustee
  • Underwriter

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.

Turnaround time: About 3-5 weeks. 24 hours expedited filings are available for an additional fee.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: At least one director is required.

Directors qualification: Director must be physical person.

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

Principal office location / Registered Agent

Corporation's principal office may be located outside of the state, but local registered agent is required in Delaware.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Corporations must file annual reports with the Delaware Secretary of State before March 1. The annual report fee is $50 and the franchise tax is calculated based on the number of shares and par value. The minimum franchise tax is $75, but if the number of shares is above 5,000, the annual fee may increase.

Signatures: Only company officers are authorized to sign annual reports.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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