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 North Dakota incorporation.
Cost to incorporate in North Dakota
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State fee for standard turn-around.
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The name must contain either the word or abbreviation of "Corporation," "Incorporated," "Limited" or "Company." It must be in the English language or any other language expressed in English letters or characters. It may not contain words implying the company is incorporated for a purpose other than that outlined in the Articles of Incorporation. The name may not be the same as or deceptively similar to the name of a domestic or foreign corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, reserved name, registered fictitious name, or trade name unless consent is given.
The following are North Dakota’s requirements for directors of corporations:
Corporations must have one or more directors.
North Dakota does not have a provision specifying where directors must reside.
North Dakota 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 North Dakota is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. North Dakota's requirements include:
Officer names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.
Authorized shares and par value must be listed in the Articles of Incorporation. An increase in the number of shares or par value can affect initial filing fees.
Corporations must list the name and address of a
with a physical address (no post office boxes) in North Dakota. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
After forming a corporation, you must undertake certain steps on an ongoing basis to keep your business in compliance. These steps are also important in preserving the limited liability a corporation provides its owners. This guide outlines the ongoing requirements for North Dakota corporations.
North Dakota corporations must keep the following items with their corporate records at the principal location:
The Articles of Incorporation and any amendments
Bylaws and any amendments
Minutes of director and shareholder meetings for the last three years
Reports made to shareholders for the past three years
A share register, not more than one year old, containing the names and addresses of each shareholder and the number and class of shares held by each
A record of the dates on which shares were issued
A copy of agreements and contracts
Shareholder control agreements
Corporate taxes and fees
The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for North Dakota corporations:
North Dakota requires corporations to file an annual report, which is due May 15. The filing fee is $25.