Corporations Code §§ 7130-7132 et seq., Revenue and Taxation Code §§ 23151 et seq. and 23701 et seq. 2013 California Secretary of State
ARTS-MU (EST 05/2013)
Articles of Incorporation of a
Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation
To form a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation in California, you can fill
out this form or prepare your own document, and submit for filing along with:
– A $30 filing fee.
A separate, non-refundable $15 service fee also must be included, if
you drop off the completed form or document.
Important! Nonprofit corporations in California are not automatically
exempt from paying California franchise tax or income tax each year. For
information about tax requirements and/or applying for tax-exempt status in
California, go to or
call the California Franchise Tax Board at (916) 845-4171.
Note: Before submitting this 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
This corporation is a nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation organized under the Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation Law.
The purpose of this corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity, other than credit union business, for which a
corporation may be organized under such law.
Service of Process (List a California resident or an active 1505 corporation in California 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 1505 corporation 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
Additional Statements (The following statements are for tax-exempt status in California.)
a. The specific purpose of this corporation is to ________________________________________________________________________________________ .
b. Notwithstanding any of the above statements of purposes and powers, this corporation shall not, except to an
insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the specific purposes
of this corporation.
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
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Business Entities, P.O. Box 944260, Sacramento, CA 94244-2600
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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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