Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin incorporation.

Cost to incorporate in Wisconsin

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the state fees to form a Wisconsin 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 clearly shows the state fee to incorporate in Wisconsin with standard turn-around.
  • 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 of the corporation must contain the word "Corporation," "Incorporated," "Company," "Limited" or an abbreviation thereof, or words or abbreviations of words with similar meanings in another language. The word "Bank" and variations cannot be used, and use of the word "Cooperative" is restricted. The name may not contain language stating or implying the corporation is organized for a purpose other than as permitted in its Articles of Incorporation. It must be distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from other corporations, limited liability companies and other business entities authorized to use the name in the state.

Director information.

The following are Wisconsin’s requirements for directors of corporations:

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

Requirements for the Articles of Incorporation

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

  • Officers. Officer names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.
  • 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 Wisconsin. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
Wisconsin Registered Agent Service

Professional services businesses

Wisconsin allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional corporation (PC), which is called a Service Corporation (SC) in Wisconsin.

Additional Wisconsin information

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