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Articles of Incorporation for California

Articles of Incorporation are documents which outline the structure of a new corporation.


  • Forming a new corporation in the State of California.
  • Recording basic information about a new corporation, including its name, legal structure, registered agents, and incorporators.


Before allowing a new corporation to do business within its borders, states require the disclosure of certain information pertaining to the structure, purpose, and contact information for the new company. Articles of Incorporation are a set of documents filed with the government that provide this basic information required by law. Filing Articles of Incorporation is typically the first step in the legal process of creating a new corporation.

Sometimes referred to as a “corporate charter,” Articles of Incorporation can include any of several terms describing how and why the company functions. Incorporators can provide additional details about the purpose of the business, for example, or how the board of directors should function. However, all Articles of Incorporation must include specific information in order to be legally binding. This information varies by jurisdiction, and the Secretary of State will not approve the formation of a new corporation unless they are accurate and complete according to state law. While Articles of Incorporation may be customized to provide additional detail about business purpose and organization of a new corporation, they are very difficult to amend. As a result, Articles of Incorporation typically only include the basic information necessary to legally create a new corporation. Incorporators who wish to provide additional guidance regarding the form and function of a new corporation may choose to do so with corporate by-laws or similar documents.

This contract has been drafted to comply with the laws of the State of California. Most states require similar information, but incorporators should be aware of the rules that apply within their jurisdiction.