Alabama 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 Alabama incorporation.

Cost to incorporate in Alabama

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the state fees to form an Alabama 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 Alabama with standard turn-around. Please note, Alabama requires the corporation's name to be reserved with the state at the time the incorporation documents are filed. This state name reservation 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.

Incorporate in Alabama Incorporation Options

Corporate name

The corporation's name must contain the word “Incorporated,” "Corporation" or an abbreviation thereof. It must not contain words implying a different business purpose from those in the Articles of Incorporation. The name must not be the same as or deceptively similar to a name already in use, or a registered or reserved name.

Director information

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

  • Minimum number. Corporations must have one or more directors.
  • Residence requirements. Alabama does not have a provision specifying where directors must reside.
  • Age requirements. Directors must be at least 19 years old.
  • 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 Alabama is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Alabama'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 Alabama. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.

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. Alabama requires the following:

  • Initial report. Alabama requires corporations to file the Initial Business Privilege Tax Return and Annual Report with the Department of Revenue within two and one-half months of incorporation.
  • County Filing. Businesses may be required to undertake a filing at the county level prior to incorporation.

Alabama Registered Agent Service

Professional services businesses

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

Additional Alabama information

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

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.