This tutorial should be used to get a full understanding of how to start a corporation in Connecticut. Domestic filers for a for-profit, nonprofit or religious corporation in the State of Connecticut must file the Certificate of Incorporation by downloading the PDF associated with their entity type and submitting it to the Secretary of State through the mail. Unfortunately, there currently exists no online filing of any entity registration documents in this state and there will not be an e-filing shortcut to getting your business settled with the Secretary of State. Profit corporations will be required to pay a filing fee of $250 in order for their form to be processed. All other domestic entities need only supply $50.

How to File a Profit Corporation

Step 1- In accordance with Chapter 601 Sec. 33-655, the name of your Corporation must contain the word “corporation”, “incorporated”, “company”, “Societa per Azioni”, “limited” or an abbreviation thereof. Also, the name must be unique within the State of Connecticut. A Business Inquiry is suggested to establish it’s originality. Now would also be a good time to perform a Name Reservation if you need extra time with which to prepare for registration.

Step 2  Now that you’ve been made certain that you’re name complies with the state statutes, you can print off the PDF form of the Certificate of Incorporation and begin filling them out as follows:

Page 1

  • In the box labeled “Filing Party”, provide the name and mailing address of the designated contact person to receive correspondence from the Secretary of the State.
  • 1-Name of corporation to be used in Connecticut
  • 2-Total number of shares and if there is more than one classification of shares, designate each class and the amount of shares
  • 3-Series of each class if applicable, as well as the terms and limitations of each class of shares

Page 2

  • 4A-Appointment of Registered Agent if individual, their Business Address and Mailing Address and Signature
  • 4B-Appointment of Registered Agent if Business Entity, their Business Address and Signature
  • 5- Election of Benefit Corporation (y/n)
  • 6-Any other Provisions
  • 7-Corporate Email Address

Page 3- Name, address and signature of each incorporator

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Step 3- Once your form has been filled, cut a check for $250 made out to the Secretary of the State of Connecticut and attach it to the form. You can now mail or deliver the signed document and fee to the office of the Secretary of State for processing.

Mailing Address

Commercial Recording Division

Connecticut Secretary of State

P.O. Box 150470, Hartford, CT 06115

Delivery Address

Commercial Recording Division

Connecticut Secretary of State

 30 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106

How to File a Nonprofit Corporation

Step 1- We suggest that you use the Business Entity Search function on the Secretary of the State website to ensure that your desired corporate name is not already in use by another business entity (Sec. 33-1045). If you need additional time to get your affairs in order, you may want to consider reserving your corporate name.

Step 2- Once the name has been establish as unique, you can move on to the downloading of the PDF form of the Certificate of Incorporation and fill in the empty fields as follows:

Page 1

  • Filing Party- Enter in the address and name of the person responsible for receiving correspondence from the state
  • 1-Name of corporation
  • 2A-The corporation shall not have members (y/n)
  • 2B- The corporation shall only have members, which are not entitled to vote (y/n)
  • 2C- The corporation shall have one class of members (y/n)
  • 2D- The corporation shall have multiple classes of members which classes are designated as follows (y/n). In an attachment, provide each designation of classes if applicable.
  • 3A- Appointment of registered agent if individual. Include name, business address and mailing address. Below 3B supply the signature indicating the acceptance of the post
  • 3B- Appointment of registered agent if an entity. Include name and address of entity

Page 2

  • 4-The nature and the purpose of business of the corporation
  • 5-Other information
  • 6-Corporate email address
  • 7-Date of signing as well as the name, address and signature of each incorporator

connecticut-certificate-of-incorporation-nonprofitStep 3- Once you’ve completed both pages of the forms (see page 3 for additional information regarding their completion) you may place them in an envelope, along with the $50 filing fee made out to the Secretary of the State, and send them to either of the below addresses.

Mailing Address

Commercial Recording Division

Connecticut Secretary of State

P.O. Box 150470, Hartford, CT 06115

Delivery Address

Commercial Recording Division

Connecticut Secretary of State

 30 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106

How to File a Religious Corporation

Step 1- As there are no statutes restricting the use of any name of a religious corporation, your choice of name needn’t be searched for it’s availability as it would if you were forming any other type of corporation.

Step 2- Download the PDF form here and fill it out as follows:

  • Filing Party- Enter the name and address of the person who will receive confirmation of formation from the Secretary of the State
  • Check off the you are filing as a religious corporation and not a religious society
  • Supply the name of your corporation and the date
  • Supply the names, signatures and addresses of at least three members

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Step 3- Attach a check made out to the Secretary of State covering the filing fee of $50 to the Certificate of Formation and sent both items to the below address:

Mailing Address

Commercial Recording Division

Connecticut Secretary of State

P.O. Box 150470, Hartford, CT 06115

Delivery Address

Commercial Recording Division

Connecticut Secretary of State

 30 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106

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Renewal– All corporations must file an annual report, in accordance with Chapter 601-Sec. 33-953 in order to continue operations within the State. You must file your first report within 30 days of incorporation in Colorado and then within 30 days of the anniversary date for each year following. This report is used to update the Secretary of State of any structural changes which have occurred each year and will in turn enable your corporation to maintain the status of in good standing.

Corporate Bylaws– The day to day management and the details of the over all organization of a corporation will be laid out in the corporate Bylaws. It is the duty of the initial incorporators to draft this agreement to be used to relay the relationship held between the corporate officials and the entity itself. All necessary parties must agree to the bylaws, sign the completed document and retain copy for their personal filing after incorporation has been completed. Feel free to download our template linked in the heading of this paragraph, available in both Adobe PDF and MS Word formatting.

EIN – The Employer Identification Number is used by, and issued by, the Internal Revenue Service for the identification of business entities that pay withholding taxes on their employees. Considered the corporate equivalent of the Social Security Number, each company will need to apply for one in order to perform any financial transaction. The application process can be completed either Online using the IRS website or with Form SS-4.