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Nonprofit Incorporation - State by State

The following compilation gives information on where to file organization documents in the various states, as well as the current corresponding filing fee. 

This resource is intended to be a listing for information purposes only.  It was adjudged to be up-to-date and accurate as of February 2014.

Alabama

Where to File Certificate of Formation:  Submit the original and two copies in the county where the corporation's registered office is located

Website:  www.sos.state.al.us/BusinessServices/DomesticCorps.aspx

Cost:  Secretary of State: $100.00;  Minimum Probate Judge fee: $50.00 (The Probate Judge will collect the Secretary of State filing fee)

More Information:     Phone 334.242.5324

Alaska

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
State of Alaska
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
Corporations Section
PO Box 110808, Juneau AK 99801

Website:  http://commerce.alaska.gov/dnn/cbpl/Corporations

Website to File Online:  www.commerce.state.ak.us/CBP/Corporation/startpage.aspx?file=CRFIL&entity=NPRO&isforeign=N

Cost:  $50.00

More Information:     Phone 907.465.2550    Fax 907.465.2974

Note:    Requires 3 or more directors and 3 or more incorporators. 

Arizona

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original, a copy, a cover letter, and a signed certificate of disclosure to:
Arizona Corporation Commission
Corporations Division
1300 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2929

Website:  www.azcc.gov/divisions/corporations

Cost:  $40.00

More Information:     Phone    602.542.3026    Fax    602.542.4990

Arkansas

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Arkansas Secretary of State
Business and Commercial Services
1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 250
Victory Building
Little Rock, AR 72201

Website:  www.sos.arkansas.gov/corp_ucc.html

Website to File Online:  www.ark.org/sos/ofs/docs/index.php?selected_form=dn01

Cost:  $50.00 (paper) or $45.00 (online)

More Information:     Phone 501.682.3409      

California

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Secretary of State
Document Filing Support Unit
P.O. Box 944260
Sacramento, CA 94244-2600

Website:  www.sos.ca.gov

Cost:  $30.00

More Information:     Phone 916.657.5448         

Colorado

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Colorado Secretary of State
Business Division
1560 Broadway
Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202-5169

Website:  www.sos.state.co.us

Website to File Online:  www.sos.state.co.us/biz/FileDocNameAvailCriteria.do?transTyp=ARTINC_NPC

Cost:  $50.00

More Information:     Phone 303.894.2200 & press 2      Fax 303.869.4864

Connecticut

Where to File Certificate of Incorporation for a Nonstock Corporation:  Submit the original to:
Commercial Recording Division
Connecticut Secretary of the State
PO Box 150470
Hartford, CT 06115-0470


Website:  www.sots.ct.gov

Cost:  $50.00

More Information:     Phone 860.509.6002    Fax 860.509.6069

Delaware

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Department of State
Division of Corporations
PO Box 898
Dover, DE 19903

Website:  www.corp.delaware.gov

Cost:  $89.00 (plus $9.00 for each additional page)

More Information:     Phone  302.739.3073 x2   Fax 302.739.3812

District of Columbia

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Complete Form DNP-1, Articles of Incorporation of Domestic Nonprofit Corporation, and mail to:
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations Division
PO Box 92300
Washington, D.C. 20090

Website:  www.brc.dc.gov

Cost:  $80.00

More Information:     Phone 202.442.4400              

Florida

Where to File Articles of Organization:  Submit the original to:
Department of State
Division of Corporations
Corporate Filings
PO Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314

Website:  www.sunbiz.org

Website to File Online:  https://efile.sunbiz.org/np_file.html

Cost:  $35.00  (Designation of Registered Agent fee - $35)

More Information:     Phone 850.245.6052   Fax 850.755.5111

Georgia

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit 2 sets of Articles of Incorporation (original plus a copy), and Transmittal Form 227 to:
Office of the Secretary of State
Corporations Division
315 West Tower
#2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Atlanta, GA 30334-1530

Website:  www.sos.georgia.gov       

Cost:  $100.00

Publication:  No later than the next business day after filing the Articles of Incorporation, the organization must submit a "notice of intent to incorporate" along with a $40 publication fee to the newspaper which is the official "legal organ" of the county in which the organization will be located. For a list legal organs refer to the following web site:www.sos.state.ga.us/elections

More Information:     Phone 404.656.2817     Fax 404.657.2248

Hawaii

Where to File Articles of Incorporation: Submit Articles of Incorporation (Form DNP-1) to:
State of Hawaii
Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
Business Registration Division
PO Box 40
Honolulu, HI 96810

Website: http://hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/breg/registration/dnc

Cost:  $25.00

More Information:    Phone 808.586.2727    Fax 808.586.2733

Idaho

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Office of the Secretary of State
700 West Jefferson
Boise, ID 83720-0080

Website:  www.sos.idaho.gov

Cost:  $30.00

More Information:     Phone 208.334.2301    Fax 208.334.2080

Illinois

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit two sets of Articles of Incorporation (original plus copy) to:
Secretary of State
Department of Business Services
Corporations Division
350 Howlett Building
Springfield, IL 62756

Website:  http://cyberdriveillinois.com

Cost:  $50.00

More Information:     Phone 217.782.6961      

Indiana

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original and a copy to:
Secretary of State
Corporations Division
302 W. Washington Street, Rm. E018
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Website:  www.in.gov/sos

Website to File Online:  www.in.gov/ai/appfiles/sos-registration/landing.html

Cost:  $30.00 or $20.00 online

More Information:     Phone 317.232.6576   Fax 317.233.3387

Iowa

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Secretary of State
Business Services
First Floor, Lucas Building
321 E. 12 th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Website:  www.sos.state.ia.us/business/nonprofits

Cost:  $20.00

More Information:     Phone 515.281.5204   Fax 515.242.5953

Kansas

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Kansas Secretary of State
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 S.W. 10 th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66612-1594

Website:  www.kssos.org

Cost:  $20.00

More Information:     Phone 785.296.4564   

Kentucky

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit to:
Secretary of State
PO Box 718
Frankfort, KY 40602-0718
Also, file a file-stamped copy with the county clerk of the county of the organization's registered office

Website:  www.sos.ky.gov/business

Website to File Online:  https://secure.kentucky.gov/sos/ftbr/Welcome.aspx

Cost:  $8.00

More Information:     Phone 502.564.3490           

Louisiana

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Secretary of State
Commercial Division
PO Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125

Website:  www.sos.louisiana.gov

Website to File Online:  www.sos.la.gov/BusinessServices/FileBusinessDocuments/FileOriginalDocuments/Pages/default.aspx

Cost:  $75.00

More Information:     Phone 225.925.4704     Fax 225.932.5314

Maine

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Secretary of State
Bureau of Corporation, Elections, and Commissions
101 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0101

Website:  www.maine.gov/sos

Cost:  $40.00

More Information:     Phone 207.624.7736                

Maryland

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
State Department of Assessments and Taxation
Corporate Charter Division
301 W. Preston St., 8th fl.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Website:  www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/sdatforms.html

Website to File Online:  https://egov.maryland.gov/Easy

Cost:  $120.00 plus an additional $50 fee if the corporation will seek tax-exempt status.  Also note that faxed filings are considered expedited and will be charged an additional $50 fee.

More Information:     Phone 410.767.1340     Fax 410.333.7097

Massachusetts

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Secretary of State
Corporations Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
One Ashburton Place, 17th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Website:  www.sec.state.ma.us/cor/coridx.htm

Website to File Online:  https://corp.sec.state.ma.us/corp/loginsystem/login_form.asp?FilingMethod=I

Cost:  $35.00

More Information:     Phone 617.727.6940    Fax 617.742.4538

Michigan

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
Corporation Division
PO Box 30054
Lansing, MI 48909

Website:   www.michigan.gov/lara

Website to File Online:  www.michigan.gov/fileonline

Cost:  $20.00

More Information:     Phone 517.241.6470     Fax 517.241.6445

Minnesota

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Secretary of State
Business Services Division
Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building
60 Empire Drive, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55103

Website:  www.sos.state.mn.us/home/index.asp

Website to File Online:  http://mblsportal.sos.state.mn.us

Cost:  $70.00  (Cost to file online or in person: $90.00)

More Information:     Phone 651.296.2803    Fax 651.297.7067

Mississippi

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Mississippi Secretary of State
PO Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136

Website:  www.secure.sos.state.ms.us

Cost:  $50.00

More Information:     Phone 601.359.1333   

Missouri

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Secretary of State
Corporation Division
PO Box 778
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Website:    www.sos.mo.gov

Website of Article of Incorporation Fom:  www.sos.mo.gov/forms/corp/corp52.pdf

Cost:  $25.00

More Information:     Phone 601.359.1633    Fax 601.359.1607

Montana

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Secretary of State
PO Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620-2801

Website:  www.sos.mt.gov

Cost:  $20.00 (additional fee for expedited service)

More Information:     Phone 406.444.3665    Fax 406.444.3976

Nebraska

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original and a copy to:
Secretary of State
PO Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509-4608

Website:  www.sos.state.ne.us/dyindex.html

Website to File Online:  www.nebraska.gov/apps-sos-edocs

Cost:  $10.00 (plus $5.00 per page)

More Information:     Phone 402.471.4079    Fax 402.471.3666

Nevada

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original and Customer Order Instruction Form to:
Secretary of State
New Filings Division
204 N. Carson Street, Suite 4
Carson City, NV 89701-4520

Website:  www.nvsos.gov

Website to File Online:  www.nvsilverflume.gov/startBusiness

Cost:  $50.00

More Information:     Phone 775.684.5708    Fax 775.684.7138

New Hampshire

Where to File Articles of Agreement when Nonprofit consists of 5 or more individuals:   Submit original to:
Secretary of State
Corporations Division
State House
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301-4989

Website:   www.sos.nh.gov

Cost:  $25.00 (plus $5.00 to submit the Articles of Agreement to the clerk of the city where the business of the nonprofit corporation will be carried out)

More Information:      Information phone line: 603.271.3246    Main phone line: 603.271.3244

New Jersey

Where to File Public Records Filing for New Business Entity:  Submit typed or computer generated original to:
New Jersey Dept. of the Treasury
Division of Revenue/Corporate Filing Unit
PO Box 308
Trenton, NJ 08625-0308

Website:  www.state.nj.us/njbgs

Website to File Online:  www.state.nj.us/njbgs/

Cost:  $75.00 (unless same day or expedited service for additional fee)

More Information:     Phone 609.292.9292    Fax 609.292.7962

New Mexico

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original, a copy and a signed statement by the registered agent to:
Secretary of State
Corporations Bureau
Chartered Documents Division
325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Website:  www.sos.state.nm.us/Business_Services

Cost:  $25.00

More Information:     Phone 505.827.4511     Fax 505.827.4387

New York

*Please note that New York passed the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 at the end of December, 2013.  The provisions of the law, impacting all nonprofit organizations will become effective July 1, 2014.  For more information, follow the following links: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A8072-2013?__hstc=2527023.0d0c58cf7470a6b188041b718c8398c2.1387275564464.1387275564464.1387539326041.2&__hssc=2527023.1.1387539326041&__hsfp=1785076307
http://www.ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/NP%20Leadership%20Committee%20Report%20(2-16-12).pdf


Where to File Certificate of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
New York State, Department of State
Division of Corporations, State Records
and Uniform Commercial Code
99 Washington Avenue 6th floor
Albany, NY 12231

Website:   www.dos.state.ny.us/corps

Cost:  $75.00

More Information:     Phone 518.473.2492     

North Carolina

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:   Submit the original to:
Department of the Secretary of State
Corporations Division
PO Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622

Website:  www.sosnc.com

Cost:  $60.00

More Information:     Phone   919.807.2225    Fax 919.807.2039

North Dakota

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:   Submit the original to:
Business Division
Secretary of State, State of North Dakota
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 108
Bismarck, ND 58505-0500

Website:  www.nd.gov/sos

Website for Incorporation Form:  www.nd.gov/eforms/Doc/sfn13003.pdf

Cost:  $40.00

More Information:     Phone 800.352.0867 ext. 328.2904    Fax 701.328.2992

Ohio

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:   Submit the original to:
Ohio Secretary of State
PO Box 670
Columbus, OH 43216

Website:   www.sos.state.oh.us

Cost:  $125.00

More Information:     Phone 614.466.3910  

Oklahoma

Where to File Certificate of Incorporation:   Submit the original to:
Secretary of State
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
PO Box 778
Room 101
State Capitol Building
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4897

Website:  www.sos.ok.gov

Website to File Online:  www.sos.ok.gov/cart/contact.aspx?ReturnUrl=/cart/work.aspx?f=354

Cost:  $25.00

More Information:     Phone 405.522.2520    Fax  405.521.3771      

Oregon

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Secretary of State
Corporation Division
255 Capitol St. NE
Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310-1327

Website:  www.sos.state.or.us

Website to File Online:  https://secure.sos.state.or.us/ABNWeb

Cost:  $50.00

More Information:     Phone 503.986.2200

Pennsylvania

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:   Submit two copies and a Docketing Statement to:
Department of State
Corporation Bureau
PO Box 8722
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722

Website:  www.dos.state.pa.us/corps/site/default.asp

Cost:  $125.00 

Publication:  The corporation must publish either the intent to file or the actual filing of the Articles of Incorporation in two newspapers.  It is recommended that one of them be a legal journal, if possible.

More Information:     Phone 717.787.1057    Fax 717.783.2244

Rhode Island

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Office of the Secretary of State
Corporations Division
148 W. River Street
Providence, RI 02904-2615

Website:  www.sec.state.ri.us/corps

Website to File Online:  http://ucc.state.ri.us/loginsystem/login_form.asp

Cost:  $35.00

More Information:     Phone 401.222.3040     Fax 401.222.3879

South Carolina

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original and a copy to:
South Carolina Secretary of State's Office
Attn: Corporate Filings
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201

Website:  www.scsos.com

Cost:  $25.00

More Information:     Phone 803. 734.2158

South Dakota

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit a notarized original and a copy to:
Secretary of State
State Capitol
500 E. Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501

Website:  www.sdsos.gov

Cost:  $30.00

More Information:     Phone 605.773.4845    Fax 605.773.4550

Tennessee

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original charter to:
Tennessee Department of State
Corporate Filings
312 Eighth Avenue North
6th Floor, William R. Snodgrass Tower
Nashville, TN 37243

Website:  www.state.tn.us/sos

Website to File Online:  https://tnbear.tn.gov/Ecommerce/RegistrationInstr.aspx

Cost:  $100.00

More Information:     Phone 615.741.2286     

Texas

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit two copies to:
Secretary of State
PO Box 13697
Austin, TX 78711-3697

Website:  www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/nonprofit_org.shtml

Cost:  $25.00

More Information:     Phone 512.463.5555      Fax 512.463.5709

Utah

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original (type written or computer generated) to:
Division of Corporations
PO Box 146705
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6705

Website:  www.corporations.utah.gov

Cost:  $30.00

More Information:     Phone 801.530.4849      Fax 801.530.6438

Some organizations are eligible to file online. Refer to the One Stop Online Business Registration Website for details.

Vermont

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Vermont Secretary of State
128 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-1104

Website:   www.sec.state.vt.us

Cost:  $125.00

More Information:     Phone 802.828.2386    Fax 802.828.2853

Virginia

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  File the original with the following location:
Clerk of the State Corporation Commission
PO Box 1197
Richmond, VA 23218-1197

Website:  www.state.va.us/business

Website to File Online:  http://sccefile.scc.virginia.gov/NewEntity

Cost:  $75.00

More Information:     Phone 804.371.9733   Fax 804.371.9133

Washington

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original and a copy to:
Secretary of State
Corporations Division
801 Capitol Way South
PO Box 40234
Olympia, WA 98504-0234

Website:  www.secstate.wa.gov

Cost:  $30.00 by mail / $50 if filed online

More Information:     Phone 360.725.0377    

West Virginia

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original to:
Secretary of State
Corporations Division
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305

Website:  www.wvsos.com/business/main.htm

Website to File Online:  www.business4wv.com/b4wvpublic/default.aspx

Cost:  $25.00

More Information:     Phone 304.558.8000     Fax 304.558.8381

Wisconsin

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original and a copy to:
Department of Financial Institutions
PO Box 7846
Madison, WI 53707-7846

Website:  https://www.wdfi.org/apps/CorpFormation/otherEntityTypes.aspx?type=102

Cost:  $35.00

More Information:     Phone 608.261.7577     Fax 608.267.6813

Wyoming

Where to File Articles of Incorporation:  Submit the original and a copy to:
Wyoming Secretary of State
The Capitol Building, Room 110
200 W. 24th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020

Website:  http://soswy.state.wy.us/

Cost:  $25.00

More Information:   Phone 307.777.7311 or 7312  Fax: 307.777.5339