After filing for incorporation for your business, you’ll have to wait for the state to process your application. How long? That depends on the state with which you chose to incorporate. Below is a chart with the average state processing times for business entity filings. Keep in mind that processing times can also vary depending on the type of request submitted, and when it is received by the state (ex: it could take longer if there’s a flood of other requests). The most important thing to remember is to be patient.

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State Avg. Processing Time    Expedited Service
Alabama 12-13 weeks     4 weeks
Alaska 7-10 business days    2-3 business days
Arizona 5-6 weeks    4-8 business days
Arkansas 2 weeks    7 business days
California 5-7 business days     1-2 business days
Colorado 3 business days    1-2 business days
Connecticut 4-5 weeks    2-3 business days
D.C. 2 weeks    2-3 business days
Delaware 10-15 business days     1-2 business days
Florida 10-15 business days    5-7 business days
Georgia 15-20 business days    2-3 business days
Hawaii 3-5 business days    1-3 business days
Idaho  5-10 business days    1-2 business days
Illinois 4 weeks    2 business days
Indiana 3-5 business days    1-2 business days
Iowa 3 weeks    5-7 business days
Kansas  3-5 weeks    1-2 business days
Kentucky 3-4 business days    2 business days
Louisiana 15-20 business days    7-10 business days
Maine 3 weeks    2 business days
Maryland 10-12 weeks    7-10 business days
Massachusetts 7 business days    2 business days
Michigan 7-10 business days    2 business days
Minnesota 7 business days     5 business days
Mississippi 3 business days    1-2 business days
Missouri 7-10 business days    2 business days
Montana 10 business days    1-2 business days
Nebraska 10 business days     7 business days
Nevada 3-5 business days    2 business days
New Hampshire 4-5 weeks    3-4 weeks
New Jersey 3-4 business days    2 business days
New Mexico 20 weeks     2 weeks
New York 8 weeks    3 business days
North Carolina 3-5 weeks    1-2 weeks
North Dakota 4 weeks    10-15 business days
Ohio 3 weeks     7-10 business days
Oklahoma 3 weeks    1 week
Oregon 2 weeks    2 business days
Pennsylvania 5 weeks    4 weeks
Rhode Island 5 business days     2 business days
South Carolina 4 weeks    10-20 business days
South Dakota 3 weeks    7-10 business days
Tennessee 5 business days    3 business days
Texas  10 business days    3 to 5 business days
Utah 4 weeks    10-12 business days
Vermont 3 weeks    10-15 business days
Virginia 3 business days    2 business days
Washington  4-6 weeks    10-15 business days
West Virginia 4 weeks    10-15 business days
Wisconsin 5-7 business days    1-2 business days
Wyoming 4 weeks    15-20 business days

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