Step 1: Check Name Availability
Choose three corporate names in order of preference and we check for availability.
Step 2: Prepare or Upload your Articles
Our online form will walk you through all required information.
Step 3: Specify Service Level and Service Options
Select the appropriate filing package or choose from the a la carte options.
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If we receive your Louisiana Articles of Incorporation by 12:00 p.m. PST M-F, your corporation will be submitted and could be active the same day. This means your company will be given the submission date as your file date. If you mail the document to the state, like many filing services do, it may take at least a month for proof of filing.
Your Post-Filing Responsibilities
- File a Statement of Information: After the Articles of Incorporation are filed, the Secretary of State requires that you file a Statement of Information.
- Employer Identification Number: If you would like, we can obtain your EIN for your new company. Add it to your order and we will obtain the EIN within 24-48 hours.
- Louisiana Corporate Kit: Our Kits include a custom binder, seal embosser, bylaws and meeting minutes, 20 Stock certificates, and more. You can order you kit at the time of filing or if you prefer, you can place the order individually at our Corporate Kit order page.
Add these optional services to your order at the time of filing:
- Certificate of Good Standing: You may need additional copies if you are going to qualify or register in other states. Most certificates are good for 90 days.
- Additional Certified Copy of Articles: You may need this in the future for banks, loans, or professional licensing requirements.
The SunDoc Filings Advantage
- We have filed thousands of documents since 1999
- All filings received by 12 p.m. PST are submitted same day
- Most filing companies mail in your filings
Louisiana Corporate Formation Guidelines
The corporate name must contain the word "Corporation," "Incorporated," "Limited" or the abbreviation of any of these words; or "Company" or "Co." if not preceded by "and" or "&".
A corporate name found to be available may be reserved with the Secretary of State for a 60 day period for a filing fee of $25.
The minimum number of directors is three (3), unless there are fewer than three (3) shareholders, then the number of directors may be equal to, but no less, than the number of shareholders.
LIMITATION OF DIRECTORS' PERSONAL LIABILITY
The articles of incorporation may contain, within the limitations prescribed by the Business
Corporation Law of Louisiana, a provision eliminating or limiting the personal liability of a director to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for the breach of fiduciary duty as a director.
FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
The federal taxpayer identification number of the corporation should be included in the Articles of Incorporation. However, the failure to include the number will not cause the Secretary of State to reject the Articles of Incorporation for filing.
It is acceptable to state either alone or with a specific purpose clause, “ The purposes for which the corporation is organized shall be to transact any and all lawful business for which corporations may be incorporated pursuant to the provisions of the Business Corporation Law of Louisiana.”
AUTHORIZED SHARES AND MINIMUM PAID IN CAPITAL
There is no minimum or maximum number of authorized shares since state incorporation fees are not based on the share structure. There is no minimum amount of paid in capital required to commence business.
Preemptive rights are granted in absence of a specific denial.
Cumulative voting is automatically denied unless specifically granted.
REGISTERED AGENT AND REGISTERED OFFICE
The corporation must maintain a registered agent and office to receive service of process in
Minimum number of incorporators is one (1) (natural or artificial persons capable of contracting)
and there is no requirement that the incorporator be a resident of Louisiana.
Submit to the Secretary of State two (2) executed copies of the Articles of Incorporation and the Initial Report. The Secretary of State files both documents and issues a Certificate of Incorporation. The initial registered agent must sign an acceptance of designation on the Initial Report. A certified copy of the Certificate of Incorporation and either an executed copy of the Articles of Incorporation and of the Initial Report or a certified copy must be recorded, within 30 days after filing by Secretary of State, with the Recorder of Mortgages of the Parish in which the registered office of the corporation is located. In Orleans Parish and certain other Parishes it is necessary to have the document indexed with the custodian of notarial archives prior to submission to the Recorder of Mortgages. Submit to the Secretary of Revenue and Taxation at the time of incorporation or on or before the 15th day of the 3rd month after the corporation was incorporated, the Corporation Franchise Tax Initial Return (official form).