Articles of Incorporation

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


  • Minimum Number of Incorporators – One or more
  • Eligibility Requirements – An incorporator must be a natural person at least 18 years old
  • Duties – Delivering the articles of incorporation to the Secretary of State for filing
  • Listing Requirements – The name and address of each incorporator must be listed

Corporate Purpose(s)

North Carolina 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 – None. The articles of incorporation or bylaws may prescribe qualifications for directors when incorporating in North Carolina
  • Listing Requirements – Not required in the articles

Officer Information

  • Officers are not required to be listed in the articles of incorporation

Stock Information

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

Other Required Listing Information

  • The complete business street address of the corporation’s initial registered office, its mailing address if different, and the name of its initial registered agent at that office

Optional Provisions

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

  • The corporate purpose(s)
  • The names and complete addresses of the initial directors
  • Provisions managing the business and regulating the affairs of the corporation
  • A par value for authorized shares or classes of shares
  • Personal shareholder liability for corporate debts in certain circumstances
  • Any limitation on the corporation’s duration of existence
  • Regulating the powers of the corporation, its board of directors, and shareholders
  • The limitation or elimination of liability of directors regarding the breach of fiduciary duty to the corporation or the shareholders for monetary damages in certain situations

United Agent Services allows you to designate whether any or all of these provisions should be included.