South Carolina Corporation Formation

Each state has different requirements for forming a corporation. Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you’ll want to understand state requirements for South Carolina incorporation.

Cost to incorporate in South Carolina

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the state fees to form a South Carolina corporation. View our pricing to incorporate as a C corporation or S corporation to plainly see:

  • BizFilings’ package prices. BizFilings offers three incorporation service packages from which you can choose.
  • State fee for standard turn-around. Our pricing shows the state fee to incorporate in South Carolina with standard turn-around. Please note, South Carolina requires that an attorney licensed to practice in South Carolina sign the Articles of Incorporation. The attorney fee is included with the state fee we display in our pricing.
  • Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
  • Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Incorporation.
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Corporate name

The name must contain the word "Corporation," "Incorporated," "Company" or "Limited," the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co." or "Ltd.," or abbreviations of words with similar meanings in another language. The name cannot contain language indicating a purpose other than that permitted by state law and the Articles of Incorporation. It must be distinguishable upon records of the Secretary of State from the name of a domestic or qualified foreign corporation, reserved or registered corporate name, non-profit corporation or limited partnership.

Director information

The following are South Carolina’s requirements for directors of corporations.

  • Minimum number. Corporations must have one or more directors.
  • Residence requirements. South Carolina does not have a provision specifying where directors must reside.
  • Age requirements. South Carolina does not have age requirements.
  • Inclusion in the Articles of Incorporation. Director names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.

Requirements for the Articles of Incorporation

The document required to form a corporation in South Carolina is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. South Carolina's requirements include:

  • Officers. Officer names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation, but they must be listed in the initial report.
  • Stock. Authorized shares and par value must be listed in the Articles of Incorporation. An increase in the number of shares or par value does not affect initial filing fees.
  • Registered agent. Corporations must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in South Carolina. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
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Other filings required at time of incorporation

Some states require additional filings or steps at the time of incorporation, such as a county level filing, publishing notice of the incorporation in a local newspaper or an initial report filing. South Carolina requires the following:

  • Initial report. South Carolina requires corporations to file an initial report at the same time as filing the Articles of Incorporation.

Professional services businesses

South Carolina allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional corporation (PC).

Additional South Carolina information

View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in South Carolina: