Incorporating in Michigan is a pivotal step for businesses, offering a robust regulatory framework. Learn about the essential aspects, including costs, processing times, and legal requirements, in our comprehensive guide to filing Articles of Incorporation in Michigan.
Filing Articles of Incorporation is an essential step in forming a corporation in Michigan, as outlined in our guide to forming a Michigan corporation. Michigan’s Business Corporation Act contains the laws regarding incorporation. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) governs those corporations.
Formation documents submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State is considered public information and subject to public access and disclosure laws.
Your Articles of Incorporation form can be completed online, by mail, or delivered in person. All forms and other state formation information is found on Michigan’s Corporations Online Filing System (COFS) online portal. Foreign (out-of-state) corporations must submit a Certificate of Authority to do business in Michigan.
Article I: Corporate Name
Article II: Purpose
Article III: Authorized Shares
Article IV: Resident Agent and Agent’s Office
Your registered agent (in Michigan, officially called a resident agent) must have a physical address in the state and be available during standard business hours to accept legal documents and correspondence from the business entity formation agency in the state. ZenBusiness can help you find an agent using our Michigan resident agent service.
Article V: List Incorporators
Article VI and Article VII: Optional, Delete
Additional Article Information
Signature of Incorporators
Name of Corporation
Foreign Entity’s Incorporation and Jurisdiction
Primary Office and Address
Registered Agent and Agent Address
Authority of Trust (Optional)
The state may require additional documents if you’re looking to incorporate. Some of the most common are:
Michigan approves multiple methods of payment for fees, including checks, Visa, Mastercard, or Discover credit cards. Checks must include the corporation’s name and be made payable to the State of Michigan.
The organizational fees are comprised of a non-refundable processing fee plus the total number of authorized shares. Check the Corporations, Securities, and Licensing Bureau of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website for the latest information on filing fees.
You can submit documents using the Corporations Online Filing System (COFS) online portal, via mail, or in person depending on office hours and closures. It can take up to 10 business days to process your form using standard processing. Expedited services, ranging from 1 to 24 hours, are available for an additional fee.
After you file, you’ll want to make sure you stay in good standing with the state. Use our Worry-Free Compliance service to put your mind at ease and focus on what’s important. We’ll send you reminders about important compliance dates and file your annual report.
If you’re looking to start your business (corporation or otherwise) but aren’t sure what steps to take first, ZenBusiness can take care of this for you with our business formation services.
For the most current fees and methods of payment available, check with the Corporations, Securities, and Licensing Bureau of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website.
The standard incorporation process can take up to 10 days. Expedited services ranging from one to 24 hours are also available for an additional fee.
The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) processes Articles of Incorporation in Michigan.
The Business Corporation Act 284 of 1972 governs the Michigan Articles of Incorporation.
It’s not a legal requirement to have an attorney file your Articles of Incorporation for you.
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