Articles of Incorporation

When incorporating in Indiana, articles of incorporation must be filed with the Indiana Secretary of State. Indiana law requires that certain information be included in your articles of incorporation. The following is a summary of those requirements:

Incorporators

  • Minimum Number of Incorporators – One or more
  • Eligibility Requirements – None
  • Duties – Signing and having delivered for filing the articles of incorporation to the Secretary of State
  • Listing Requirements – The name and address of each incorporator must be listed

Corporate Purpose(s)

Indiana allows a corporation to be formed for any lawful business activity.

  • Listing Requirements – Not required in the articles

Director Information

  • Minimum Number of Directors – One or more
  • Eligibility Requirements –The articles of incorporation or bylaws may prescribe qualifications for directors
  • Listing Requirements – Not required in the articles when incorporating in Indiana

Officer Information

  • Officers are not required to be listed in the articles of incorporation. However, a corporation is required to have at least one officer

Stock Information

  • The number of shares that the corporation is authorized to issue

Other Required Listing Information

  • The street address of the corporation’s initial registered office and the name of its initial registered agent at that office

Optional Provisions

Indiana also permits optional provisions to be integrated into the articles of incorporation for corporations who wish to formalize additional criteria, such as:

  • The names and addresses of the initial directors
  • The corporate purpose(s)
  • Regulating the powers of the corporation, its board of directors, and shareholders
  • A par value for authorized shares or classes of shares
  • Personal liability of shareholders for corporate debts in certain situations

When incorporating in Indiana, United Agent Services allows you to designate whether any or all of these provisions should be included.