Make your Free
Articles of Incorporation for California

  • Answer simple questions to make your document
  • Sign & share your document online
  • Save progress and finish on any device; download & print at home

How it works

  • Build your
  • Save, print
    & share
  • Sign it &
    Make it legal
Sample Articles of Incorporation for California Form Template
How it Works
Build your Document
Save, Print & Share
Sign it & make it legal


rocket lawyer 5 star rating

Kasia M.

"Rocket Lawyer is a helpful tool for professionals who need legal documents at an affordable price."

Articles of Incorporation for California basics

Reviewed by Rocket Lawyer On Call Attorney Timothy Burke, Esq
Ready to incorporate your business in California? Creating and filing Articles of Incorporation is how you start the process of making it official with the state. Our step-by-step instructions make it easy to get the right foundation for your business's future success in sunny California.

Use the Articles of Incorporation for California 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.

Articles of Incorporation is a legal document that you'll need so you can set up your corporation in California. Once it's complete, you can file it with the state to make your new business entity official. The document covers all the major aspects of your corporation: You'll need to provide a 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. Please note this document covers only businesses that want to incorporate but don't have outside investors.

Read {{ showMore ? 'Less' : 'More' }}

Sample Articles of Incorporation for California

More than just a template, our step-by-step interview process makes it easy to create an Articles of Incorporation for California.

Save, sign, print, and download your document when you are done.

Get legal advice

From Rocket Lawyer On Call® attorneys.

Characters remaining: 600

Ready to make your Free Articles of Incorporation for California?

Your document is free within your one week membership trial.

Meet ALL your legal needs with a Rocket Lawyer membership.
Document Defense®
Have an attorney ready to defend your document
Document Review
Review up to 6 documents a year with an attorney
Ask a Lawyer
Get 2 Q&A sessions with an attorney every month
1-on-1 Legal Advice
Enjoy 30-minute consultations  on each new legal matter
Exclusive Discounts
Save on additional legal services from our nationwide network of lawyers
Unlimited Documents
Access hundreds of legal documents, plus extra features like electronic signatures