What is a Pennsylvania Publication Requirement?

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Pennsylvania Publication requirements

When you form a corporation in Pennsylvania, one of the last tasks you’ll legally have to complete is to advertise the creation of your new business. Below, we’ll go over the Pennsylvania corporation publication requirement in detail and also tell you how we can help.

What Pennsylvania business entities have publication requirements?

First, know that the Pennsylvania publication requirement only applies to corporations, whether they’re profit or nonprofit, foreign or domestic. The Commonwealth has no Pennsylvania LLC publication requirement.

However, if you want a fictitious name (known in many states as a “doing business as” (DBA) name) for your corporation or any other business, Pennsylvania has a very similar publication requirement. It’s described in detail in the Pennsylvania Code.

Pennsylvania Publication Requirements

The law requires you to publish either the intent to file or the actual filing of your Pennsylvania Articles of Incorporation. You must do this by advertising once in two newspapers of general circulation; if possible, one should be a legal journal or legal newspaper. The newspapers must be located in the same county as your initial registered office.

If your county has only one newspaper of general circulation, then advertising in that newspaper is sufficient under the law. You can place the ads either before or after you file the Articles of Incorporation. 

Bear in mind that, if you publish the notices before you file your Articles of Incorporation, you could have to publish them again if the Commonwealth rejects your filing (for example, if your requested corporate name is rejected).

Contents of the Advertisements

The advertisements for a for-profit corporation must contain these items:

The contents of the advertisements for a nonprofit corporation are a bit different:

After publication, you should receive affidavits of publication as proof that you met the Pennsylvania corporation publication requirement. But you’re not required to file them with any government office (nor will any accept them). Instead, keep them with your other corporate records.

Consequences of Not Publishing 

At the time of this writing, no specific penalties exist for not meeting the Pennsylvania corporation publication requirement. The Commonwealth also sets no deadline for publishing the advertisements.

Still, you don’t want to be out of compliance with Pennsylvania law, and it’s unclear how failing to meet this requirement could affect your corporation down the road, especially if someone challenges its validity in court.

We can help!

Forming a corporation in any state can be complicated, but especially in states that have additional requirements. Fortunately, we can help you form a Pennsylvania corporation and, as an added service, help you fulfill the advertising requirement. Click the ‘Get Started Today’ button below to use our fast formation services for your company.

Disclaimer: The content on this page is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.

Pennsylania Publication Requirement FAQs

  • Is there specific language Pennsylvania requires in the advertisement?

    The wording can vary as long as you include (for profit corporations) the name of the proposed corporation and a statement that the corporation is to be or has been incorporated under the provisions of the Business Corporation Law of 1988.

    Nonprofit corporations will need to include the name of the proposed corporation, a statement that the corporation is to be or has been incorporated under the Nonprofit Corporation Law of 1988, a brief summary of the purpose of the nonprofit corporation, and a date on or before which the Articles of Incorporation will be filed or the date the articles were filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations.

  • How much does it cost to publish an advertisement in Pennsylvania?

    These costs will depend on the advertising rates of the newspapers in the county where your registered office is located.

  • Does every business entity have to fulfill a publication requirement?

    No. Only for-profit, nonprofit, domestic, and foreign corporations must advertise their creation. Pennsylvania entities like limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships, general partnerships, sole proprietorships, and others don’t need to meet the publication requirement.

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