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Incorporate in North Carolina - State Requirements

You will make wise use of your time by first determining if your future company will be better off incorporating in a different state, other than your home state, before you settle on plans to incorporate in North Carolina. There are no laws that require you to incorporate your business in the state where its headquarters is located.

Authorities are in agreement that Delaware is the state that provides the most progressive, supportive and inexpensive system for the formation of business entities. In fact, 50% of all Fortune 500 companies, or more, incorporate in Delaware. For companies of that size and complexity, the tax benefits, anonymity and streamlined corporate bylaws of the state of Delaware are important business factors.

It is prudent to explore if incorporating in Delaware would have a significant impact on the operations of your company, before you make a final decision on the state where you will register your business entity. We recommend that you review the "Incorporate in Delaware" article on this site. Then, either continue with your review of this article, and other steps to incorporate in North Carolina, or begin reading about the simple procedures that allow you to initiate an incorporation in Delaware.

Name Search, Selection and Registration Requirements for North Carolina

A name search is required for registration of a company name. Contingent on the name search, any proposed name for a new corporation that is a duplicate of the name for an existing corporation will be denied registration. In addition, any proposed name for a new corporation that can be construed as or mistaken for an existing domestic or foreign corporation will be denied registration. Names may not contain wording that implies that the corporation is organized to do business in a manner that is not specified in the filing registration.

The word "Incorporated," "Corporation," "Company," "Limited," or an abbreviated version of any of these signifiers must be included as part of the incorporated business name.

North Carolina Incorporation, Board and Operations Requirements

  • The S Corporation is a recognized entity.
  • Initial filing fees are not revised if shares or par value increases.
  • The Board must have a minimum of one director.
  • There is no place-of-residence requirement.
  • An age requirement for directors is not imposed.
  • Articles of incorporation do not require names of directors to be listed.
  • Articles of incorporation do not require names of corporate officers to be listed.
  • Minutes, resolutions and all written communications; articles of incorporation and
  • bylaws; financial statements issued to shareholders; names and addresses for current board members and company officers; as well as the most recent annual report, must be available at the headquarters office.

    If you want to learn more about the procedures that must be followed to incorporate in North Carolina, you can read detailed articles on this site that explain how to select a business entity, as well as articles that outline the step-by-step process of incorporation.


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