All corporations operate according to their governing documents, primarily the articles of incorporation and the bylaws. To create a corporation, all states require the filing of the articles of incorporation and a filing fee with the state government — usually, the Corporations Division of the Secretary of State’s office. A corporation’s existence ordinarily begins when the articles of incorporation are accepted by state officials.
The articles of incorporation, in some states termed the “articles of organization” or “certificate of incorporation,” are often referred to informally as the articles. The form for articles will vary depending upon your state laws and your choice of incorporation statute, however, the following provisions are standard for most states and for most LLC registrations. Download a pdf version of this article or a sample Articles of Incorporation here.