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What are Articles of Incorporation for California?

If you are ready to incorporate your business in California, you can start the official process by creating and filing the Articles of Incorporation. The Rocket Lawyer Articles of Incorporation for California document makes it easy to get the right foundation for your business's future success in The Golden State.

When to use Articles of Incorporation for California:

  • You wish to incorporate a small business without outside investors that will operate in California
  • You wish to organize the information needed to incorporate a small business that will operate in another state.

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ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

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The name of this corporation is .

 

ARTICLE

 

The purpose of the corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which a corporation may be organized under the General Corporation Law of California other than the banking business, trust company business or the practice of a profession permitted to be incorporated by the California Corporations Code.

 

ARTICLE

 

The name in the State of California of this corporation's initial agent for service of process is:

 

 

ARTICLE

 

The corporate street and mailing address of this :

 

, ,

 

 

The directors shall be divided into classes, the number of directors to be allocated to each class to be as nearly equal as possible and with the term of office in one class expiring each year after the initial annual meeting of shareholders.

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The corporation is authorized to issue only one class of shares of stock; and the total number of such shares which the corporation is authorized to issue is shares.

 

 

(b)The corporation is authorized to provide indemnification of agents (as defined in Section 317 of the California Corporations Code) through Bylaw provisions, agreements with agents, vote of shareholders or disinterested directors, or otherwise, to the fullest extent permissible under California law, with respect to actions for breach of duty to this corporation and its shareholders.

Incorporators initial Directors. The initial Directors must acknowledge the articles in front of a notary public

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Articles of Incorporation for California FAQs

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  • How do I get a copy of Articles of Incorporation?

    As a general matter, information and filings submitted to the California Secretary of State are public record. The information kept on file and accessible to the public includes names, phone numbers, email addresses, and mailing and street addresses, with few statutory exceptions. You can request certain information through the Secretary of State's office. Additional information is available on their website.

  • When can I use the Articles of Incorporation for California document?

    The document on this page can be used to create your California corporation's Articles of Incorporation. It covers all the major aspects of your corporation: corporate name, purpose of the business, agent for service, and whether the corporation is issuing stock. The Articles don't describe how your corporation will be run, so you'll also need to create Corporate Bylaws after forming your corporation in California.

    You can use Rocket Lawyer's Free California Articles of Incorporation document if:

    • You wish to incorporate a small business without outside investors that will operate in California.
    • You wish to organize the information needed to incorporate a small business that will operate in another state.
  • How much does it cost to file Articles of Incorporation in California?

    The cost of filing Articles of Incorporation depends on the kind of corporation you are establishing. The fee ranges from $30 to $100.

  • How long does it take to get Articles of Incorporation in California?

    The average processing time for Articles of Incorporation in California is around 15-20 days.

  • Are Articles of Organization the same as Articles of Incorporation?

    While they are similar, Articles of Organization are generally used in forming limited liability companies (LLCs), whereas Articles of Incorporation are generally used for forming corporations.

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