Individuals have the ability to register a corporation of varying types in the state of Alabama. Applicants must file the appropriate forms with the Secretary of State, pay the filing fee, and ensure that the registered corporation remains in good standing with the state. All applicants will first need to file for a reservation of name online before beginning the incorporation process. After the name has been reserved you will receive an Adobe PDF certificate signifying that the name was reserved and the reservation number will be used on the incorporation document. The cost to create a domestic corporation is $100 plus the County Probate Judge fee (usually $50). The cost for any type of foreign corporation is $150. Add an additional $100 to have the filing expedited (within 3 days).

How to File

Step 1- Choose the name of the corporation knowing that the name will have to end with the extension “Corporation” or “Incorporation” or some other acronym (per Statute 10A-1-5.04). Use the Business Database to lookup a name and see if it is available. Once you have made certain that the name you are intending to use for your corporation is available for usage, proceed to the next step.

Step 2- You now need to reserve and register that business name with the Alabama Secretary of State. To do so, you will need to complete an Entity Name Reservation. You will be required to pay a $28 filing fee to complete the reservation process. Once the name reservation has been completed proceed to the next step.

Step 3- After you have reserved the name you can proceed by submitting the requisite filing information. Select the link below which matches the nature of your business to learn more about the exact filing requirements.

Step 4- After filling-in the respective form, you will need to attach to it a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State to cover the filing fee ($100 domestic, $150 foreign). Make sure to include two (2) copies along with the original application form. Domestic incorporators will have to send the form to their local country probate judge while foreign applicants will have to send to the Secretary of State at the following mailing address:

Secretary of State

Business Services – P.O. Box 5616

 Montgomery, AL, 36103

Tips

EIN– This number is obtained by either going to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website or through Form SS-4 which allows the incorporated entity to open bank accounts, get credit cards, hire employees, and perform most financial transactions. This number is necessary for all corporation in the United States and must be obtained as soon as acceptance of registration has been received.

Corporate Bylaw– In accordance with Section 10A-2-2.06 a bylaw is required for every corporation formed in the state of Alabama. The document sets the rules, ownership, and everyday business dealings with the entity as well as announce the date(s) of all meetings to take place on an annual basis.

Renewal– Each corporation must renew their registration annually to remain in good standing with the Secretary of State. This report will be used to update the state with any major changes to the company that have occurred over the previous year. Filers must submit their renewal applications between January 1 and March 15 following the calendar year in which a domestic corporation was incorporated or a foreign corporation was authorized to transact business. The information contained in Section 10A-2-16.22 must be included in a letter and sent to the address below with a $10 filing fee.

Secretary of State

Business Services – P.O. Box 5616

 Montgomery, AL, 36103

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