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How To Form A Corporation In North Dakota

North Dakota Incorporation

A North Dakota corporation is formed by filing articles of incorporation with the North Dakota Secretary of State, Business Division. The N Dakota articles of incorporation must include the name of the corporation, the name and address of the registered agent, names and addresses of each incorporator, the names and addresses of the directors, the effective date of incorporation, the number of shares to issue and par value. A North Dakota corporation has a general purpose unless you specify something else, or unless the purpose is for banking, farming, and insurance(insurer backing claims). The duration of the corporation is perpetual unless you state otherwise. The incorporator must sign the articles. There is no online filing option, so you have to fax or mail your filing.

You will need a name that is not the same or deceptively similar to another N Dakota corporation. The N Dakota Secretary of State determines whether or not a name is available. The fastest way to check to see if a name is taken is to do a business search on the North Dakota SOS website. If you want to use a trade name (a name other than the corporate name), you need to file a Trade Name Registration with the SOS. The name must end in an appropriate ending for a corporation such as corporation, incorporated, inc., corp…

Some Options For You:

You can save yourself some money by doing a North Dakota corporation filing yourself using the tools provided in your client account. We include North Dakota articles of incorporation forms in your online North Dakota registered agent service account. You also get filing tips and resources on how to file. You get access to these forms immediately after you sign up for our N Dakota registered agent service.


After you look around at the North Dakota incorporation DIY option within your online client account, if you decide you don’t want to do the filing yourself, you can easily add our filing services for the state filing fees plus $100. Either way, it will only take you a few minutes to add our North Dakota incorporation service inside your client account.

We offer a slew of business support services, including North Dakota Business Presence, which gives you a domain name, website, SSL, email, and phone service as soon as your corporation is formed. We can also register a DBA, or “doing business as” name, for your North Dakota corporation. For $125 plus state fees, we’ll submit your DBA filing, so your business can operate under an alternative name without having to form a new business entity. Just add our Trade Name Service inside your client account.

What now?

  • Sign up for our North Dakota registered agent service.
  • You will see the state forms you file and tips on how to file right away. If you decide you not to do the N Dakota incorporation yourself, just click the add services tab inside your online account, to add our filing services in a few minutes. You’ll see real time status updates of our progress in your client account.
  • As we form your North Dakota corporation, we write up North Dakota articles of incorporation. Once complete, we file North Dakota incorporation documents with the State of North Dakota, make your initial incorporator resolutions, and provide you with North Dakota corporate bylaws. As soon as we’re finished, your North Dakota incorporation documents are always stored within your online account, emailed to you, and the hard copies are mailed.