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We begin processing all orders upon payment. The total time needed for order completion varies by order type ( incorporation or other filing) and state.
Standard completion time for our Basic Incorporation Service package is typically 4-6 weeks; and 7 – 10 business days for our Standard and Complete Incorporation Service packages, though some states may process your filing faster.
In many states you can also select a 24- or 48-hour filing option. With 24- or 48- hour filings, that is the timeframe the state takes to approve a filing after receipt of the incorporation documents. Most states do not return the state-approved documents in that timeframe, however. The incorporation will be official, but the states can often take around seven business days to return the state-approved documents.
Other state filing orders, including foreign qualification , amendment and dissolution filings, typically take 4-6 weeks. Some can be expedited, shortening the completion time to 2-4 weeks, and even as quickly as a week or less in some states.
This varies depending on the type of order you are placing.
For incorporation orders, we typically require the following:
For incorporation orders, we request that you provide two name choices. If your first name choice is not available, we will check the availability of the second. If your second name choice is available, we will process your order using that name. If that name is not available, we will contact you for additional name choices.
For foreign qualification and DBA orders, if your name choice is not available, we will contact you and ask for an additional name to check.
This depends on the type of information that is changing. Some information, such as the company’s name, business purpose, number of shares and/or par value (for corporations), must be changed with the state by filing an amendment. This state filing officially updates the information the state has for your company.
For questions on whether specific information in your state-filed documents would need to be updated by means of an amendment filing, contact our Incorporation Specialists.
The registered agent is a statutory requirement in most states. It is a person or business that is responsible for the receipt of important legal and tax documents on behalf of your business.
The registered agent must have a physical address in the state of incorporation and/or state of qualification, if you are registering to transact business in a state other than your state of incorporation. The registered agent must also be accessible at that address during normal business hours.
BizFilings provides Registered Agent Service in all 50 states, and in addition to fulfilling this statutory requirement, BizFilings provides a number of tools and resources to help your company stay compliant with the ongoing requirement of your state of incorporation/qualification.
If you don't have a credit card on file with BizFilings, you can renew your Registered Agent Service by check. You can also contact us at any time to change your payment method.
It is not a legal requirement to incorporate in the state where your business is physically located (your home state). You can incorporate in any state. But you may be required to register to transact business in your home state and any other states where you operate.
To register to transact business in another state (foreign qualify), you must file the appropriate paperwork and pay filing fees. You will also be subject to ongoing filing requirements and fees in both your state of incorporation and state(s) of qualification.
To determine the best state of incorporation for your particular business, talk with an attorney or accountant. You can also read our article on How to Select a State for Incorporation .
BizFilings is confident in its ability to provide accurate filings, and we pride ourselves on our service. We review each order we receive to identify potential errors. In the unlikely event that an error is made, BizFilings responds promptly to remedy the error.
We warranty our filing services against defects caused by us for the life of your company. We will absorb any fees/costs necessary to correct the error and will correct the mistake as quickly as possible.
Additionally, on rare occasions, the state makes a mistake in entering your information. If you notice an error, contact us immediately and we will work directly with the state to correct it.