Corporations Code §§ 200-202 et seq., Revenue and Taxation Code § 23153 2014 California Secretary of State
ARTS-GS (REV 03/2014)
Articles of Incorporation of a
General Stock Corporation
To form a general stock corporation in California, you can fill out this
form or prepare your own document, and submit for filing along with:
– A $100 filing fee.
– A separate, non-refundable $15 service fee also must be included,
if you drop off the completed form or document.
Important! Corporations in California may have to pay a minimum $800
yearly tax to the California Franchise Tax Board. For more information,
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Note: Before submitting the completed form, you should consult with a
private attorney for advice about your specific business needs.
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Corporate Name (List the proposed corporate name. Go to for general corporate name
requirements and restrictions.)
The name of the corporation is _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Corporate Purpose
The purpose of the corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which a corporation may be
organized under the General Corporation Law of California other than the banking business, the trust company
business or the practice of a profession permitted to be incorporated by the California Corporations Code.
Service of Process (List a California resident or a California registered corporate agent that agrees to be your initial agent to accept service of
process in case your corporation is sued. You may list any adult who lives in California. You may not list your own corporation as the agent. Do
not list an address if the agent is a California registered corporate agent as the address for service of process is already on file.)
a. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Agent's Name
b. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Agent's Street Address (if agent is not a corporation) - Do not list a P.O. Box City (no abbreviations) State Zip
Corporate Addresses
a. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Initial Street Address of Corporation - Do not list a P.O. Box City (no abbreviations) State Zip
b. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Initial Mailing Address of Corporation, if different from 4a City (no abbreviations) State Zip
Shares (List the number of shares the corporation is authorized to issue. Note: Before shares of stock are sold or issued, the corporation
must comply with the Corporate Securities Law of 1968 administered by the California Department of Business Oversight. For more
information, go to or call the California Department of Business Oversight at (866) 275-2677.)
This corporation is authorized to issue only one class of shares of stock.
The total number of shares which this corporation is authorized to issue is
________________________________________________ .
This form must be signed by each incorporator. If you need more space, attach extra pages that are 1-sided and on standard letter-
sized paper (8 1/2" x 11"). All attachments are made part of these articles of incorporation.
Incorporator - Sign here Print your name here
Make check/money order payable to: Secretary of State
Upon filing, we will return one (1) uncertified copy of your filed
document for free, and will certify the copy upon request and
payment of a $5 certification fee.
By Mail
Secretary of State
Business Entities, P.O. Box 944260
Sacramento, CA 94244-2600
Secretary of State
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Sacramento, CA 95814
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Business Entities, P.O. Box 944260, Sacramento, CA 94244-2600
Mail Submission Cover Sheet
Submit this document with your filing. This information will be used to resolve questions with the filings
attached. This form will be treated as correspondence and will not be made part of the filed document.
Make all checks payable to the Secretary of State.
Do not include a $15 counter fee when submitting documents by mail.
Standard processing time for submissions to this office is approximately 5 business days from receipt. All
submissions are reviewed in the date order of receipt. For updated processing time information, visit
Optional Copies and Certificates:
A customer who submits documents with a filing fee of $25.00 or more will receive one (1) uncertified copy of the
documents for free and, at the time of filing, the free copy may be certified for a $5.00 certification fee.
Customers requesting additional copies must include a $1.00 for the first page and $.50 for each additional page.
Each certified copy requires an additional $5.00 certification fee.
At the time of filing, a Certificate of Status/Good Standing may be requested with a payment of a $5 fee.
Contact Person to resolve questions with this filing:
(Please type or print legibly)
First Name: __________________________________________________ Last Name: _______________________________________________
Phone: ______________________________________________________
Entity Information: (Please type or print legibly)
Name: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Entity Number (if applicable): _____________________________________
Comments: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Return Address: For written communication from the Secretary of State related to this document, or if
purchasing a copy of the filed document enter the name of a person or company and the mailing address.
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