Elevate your business in Wyoming by strategically filing your Articles of Incorporation. Explore our guide for seamless navigation and success in the dynamic Cowboy State business landscape.
You’re ready to start your corporation, but aren’t sure where to start? First, all Wyoming corporations must file Articles of Incorporation. All business formation documents are governed by the Wyoming Secretary of State (SOS). Only after the state has approved you as a legal business entity should you carry on with your business operations.
Your Wyoming Articles of Incorporation must be in compliance with Wyoming Statutes 17-16-101 through Wyoming Statutes 17-16-1804. Read the statutes to ensure that you’re eligible to file
You can file the Articles of incorporation through the Wyoming SOS website, by mail, or in person. The most convenient way is to visit the website, fill out the form, and complete the payment.
Domestic (In-State) For-Profit Corporation
Those looking to form a corporation in the state of Wyoming must submit their Wyoming Articles of Incorporation with the following information:
You’ll have to attach the Consent Form of the Registered Agent. The agent receives legal and government documents and must be present at a registered office standard business hours in the state of Wyoming.
The Consent Form will consist of the following information:
Foreign (Out-of-State) For-Profit Corporation
For a foreign corporation, the procedure is a little different. The business entity will have to file a Certificate of Authority with the state of Wyoming.
The application should also contain the original Certificate of Good Standing or Existence. The certificate should be signed by the SOS of the state of origin and should be dated less than one month before filing in Wyoming.
The certificate should contain the following details:
The Consent to Appointment by a Registered Agent should also be filled out along with the Certificate of Authority.
Your Articles of Incorporation can also contain the following optional details:
Selecting a Business Name
For both types of corporations, the state requires a unique business name that isn’t being used by any other Wyoming business. The Wyoming SOS website has a search function for available business names in the state.
If you find a suitable available business name but aren’t ready to incorporate yet, ZenBusiness offers a name reservation service to secure your name so no one else takes it while you’re gathering your paperwork.
Filing by Mail
Wyoming Secretary of State
Herschler Building East, Suite 101
122 W 25th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020
By mail, send the Articles of Incorporation with your signed consent form by the registered agent, and payment to the address above. For a foreign corporation, send your Certificate of Authority, a signed consent form by the registered agent, and payment to the address above.
On approval, your corporation will be registered as a legal entity, and you’ll receive a Certificate of Formation from the State of Wyoming.
Note: A foreign corporation will have to attach a Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) along with the consent form.
Once you’ve submitted your Articles of Incorporation, you’ll want to make sure you stay in good standing. Take a look at our Worry Free Compliance service to see how we can help take some of the stress of running a corporation off your shoulders.
Fee for Filing Articles of Incorporation
There’s an agency fee for filing Articles of Incorporation, and the usual processing period is three to five business days. You’ll also have to pay a small convenience fee for using the website. There’s no expedited service available for filing the Articles of Incorporation.
This guide covers the procedures involved in filing your Wyoming Articles of Incorporation. If you’re overwhelmed or under time constraints, you can always hire a professional like ZenBusiness to take over the process for you.
Check the Wyoming Secretary of State website to see the most current information on fees and methods of payment available.
Approximately three to five business days after filing your Articles of Incorporation, your business should be recognized as a registered corporation.
The Secretary of the State processes the Articles of Incorporation.
The Wyoming Statutes 17-16-101 through Wyoming Statutes 17-16-1804 govern the Articles of Incorporation.
No. It’s not mandatory that you have an attorney, but it can be an added benefit. An attorney will have the expertise and know-how of the entire process including all required documents, compliance issues, taxes, etc.
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