Virginia 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 Virginia incorporation.

Cost to incorporate in Virginia

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the state fees to form a Virginia 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 Virginia with standard turn-around.
  • Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
  • 48-hour turn-around. Virginia has a 48-hour filing option, which is outlined in our pricing.
  • Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Incorporation.

Incorporate in Virginia

Corporate Name

The name shall contain either the word or an abbreviation of "Corporation," "Incorporated," "Company" or "Limited." A period must be used after any abbreviations used in the corporate name. The name cannot use words in parentheses. The name shall not contain any prohibited word or phrase implying it is organized for any purpose other than that stated in the Articles of Incorporation. The name may not be confusingly similar to that of any domestic or qualified foreign corporation.

Director information

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

  • Minimum number. Corporations must have one or more directors.
  • Residence requirements. Virginia does not have a provision specifying where directors must reside.
  • Age requirements. Virginia 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 Virginia is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Virginia'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 can 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 Virginia. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
Virginia Registered Agent Service

Professional services businesses

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

Additional Virginia information

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

State Guides

The state in which you form your company can provide certain benefits.

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Guide to Incorporation

Learn what to expect when you're incorporating.