Governing Law

VirginiaBuilt for Virginia
Different states have different rules and regulations. Your Articles of Incorporation will be customized for Virginia.

Filer Information

Enter the full name of the individual that will be acting as filer.
(e.g. Director, President, Officer, Incorporator, etc.)
(e.g. 1212 West Elm Street, P.O. Box 1395 Station "C")

Corporation Information

Corporate Naming Requirements

a. A corporate name must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd."

b. A corporate name cannot contain any language stating or implying that it will transact one of the special kinds of businesses listed below unless it proposes in fact to engage in such special kind of business:

(1) business of a bank or trust company
(2) insurance company
(3) savings and loan association or savings bank
(4) railroad or other public service company
(5) utility or public service companies

c. A corporate name cannot contain any word or phrase that is prohibited by law.

d. A corporate name must be distinguishable from the name of all other entities in the state.
Review the corporate naming requirements before deciding on a name for your company. Hover the mouse pointer over the blue help link above.
Unless the Articles state otherwise all corporations have the purpose of engaging in any lawful business. If needed please indicate a more specific description of the type of business in which the corporation intends to engage.
(e.g. "The Corporation is formed for the purpose of agricultural production of grain and poultry and any or all other lawful business purposes for which corporations may be formed.")

Corporations can be created to last forever (perpetual) or for a limited period of time.

Address Information

Registered Office and Registered Agent
Selecting an Agent:
  • A corporation cannot act as its own agent.
  • Before another corporation may be designated as agent, that corporation must have previously filed with the Secretary of State a certificate pursuant to California Corporations Code section 1505.
  • No domestic or foreign corporation may file pursuant to Section 1505 unless the corporation is currently authorized to engage in business in California and is in good standing on the records of the California Secretary of State.
The corporation cannot be its own registered agent.
Include the agent’s business or residential street address in California. A P.O. Box address is not acceptable.
Enter an address including street and number within Virginia. A post office box alone is not sufficient. (e.g. Suite 104, 10012-13 Street).
You must enter either a city or county or both.



Enter the legal name of this incorporator.An incorporator may be a natural person or an entity. An entity includes any domestic or foreign corporation; any domestic or foreign non-stock corporation; any domestic or foreign unincorporated entity; any estate or trust; or state government, the United States government, or any foreign government.
(e.g. Suite 104, 10012-13 Street)

Initial Directors
If the registered agent is an initial director then the names and addresses of ALL initial directors must be included in the Articles of Incorporation.


(e.g. John A. Smith)
(e.g. Suite 104, 10012 - 13 Street)

Authorized Capital

It may be prudent to authorize more shares of stock than the corporation initially intends to issue. This will allow the company to issue more shares without having to file an amended Articles of Incorporation. Note that the filing fee may increase if a larger number of shares are authorized.
Aggregate authorized shares are the total number of shares that the corporation may distribute or issue. There is no requirement that all authorized shares must be issued.
The Basic share structure provides a single class of shares. This is the most simple structure and would be suitable for most corporate applications. The Intermediate share structure will provide two share classes. The Advanced share structure has three share classes which is suitable for more complicated corporate requirements. The custom share structure allows for up to 10 classes of shares.
Choose from the following share structures: Basic (one class), Intermediate (two classes), Advanced (three classes) and Custom (more than three classes of shares).
There is no minimum number of shares that must be authorized in the articles of incorporation. However the Corporation may not sell more shares than it is authorized to issue.

Note that many states calculate the filing fee based upon the number of shares that is authorized in the Articles of Incorporation

"Par Value" means the dollar amount to be paid for each share when purchased directly from the Corporation. The price of "no par value" shares will be determined by the board of directors at the time the shares are issued.

Miscellaneous Provisions

Has been chosen
Enter a month and day that repesents the annual fiscal year end. (e.g. January 31, December 31, etc.)
Offering shares to the public is one situation where you must register under the applicable securities act.
Shares may not be transferred without the majority approval of the board of directors.
This document preview is formatted to fit your mobile device. The formatting will change when printed or viewed on a desktop computer.
Loading ...
Loading ...

Note: Your initial answers are saved automatically when you preview your document.
This screen can be used to save additional copies of your answers.