This webpage has been dedicated to educating prospective incorporators on the process of registering their new entity with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Due to the fact that the government website has yet to be updated with online filing capabilities, business representatives forming new entities will be required to submit their filing in the mail, by fax, or by email. Below we have provided the requisite PDFs needed for filing and we’ve given insight into what information will be demanded of you. As with all business registrations, you will be charged a mandatory filing fee which will vary depending on the corporation type; profit and professional corporations will pay a fee based on their authorized shares (see below) while nonprofit and ecclesiastical corporations will both be charged a total of $20.

  • 1-60,000 shares- $50
  • 60,001-1,000,000- $100
  • 1,000,001-5,000,000- $300
  • 5,000,001-10,000,000- $500
  • More than 10,000,000- $500 for first 10,000,000 plus $1000 for each additional 10,000,000

Before you commit to registering your entity, it might be wise to perform a Business Entity Search to ensure that your chosen operating name is indeed available for use in Michigan. Furthermore, if you’re going to need additional time with which to file, you may file for a Name Reservation. This reservation will cost only $10 and will last for a total of six months after filing.

How to File a Profit Corporation

Step 1- When you’re all ready to file, you will be able to begin by downloading the PDF of the Articles of Incorporation

Step 2- Once downloaded, provide the following information:

  • Name and address of individual to which the document will be returned
  • 1- Name of corporation
  • 2- Purpose for which corporation is formed
  • 3.1- Number of common shares and preferred shares
  • 3.2- Any rights, preferences or limitations of the shares of each class
  • 4- Name and address of registered agent

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  • 5- Names and addresses of the incorporators

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  • Any additional articles or information
  • Date of signing
  • Signatures of incorporators
  • Applicant/preparer’s name and business phone number
  • Name of person or organization remitting fees

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Step 3- With the PDFs completed, you will be able to prepare the filing fees (see full description at the top of the page) and submit the documents to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Those filing by fax (517-241-0538) or by email ([email protected]) will be able to pay through their MICH-ELF account. Those submitting their documents through the mail will be required to prepare a check or money order made out to the State of Michigan before sending both the form and the fee to the below address.

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
Corporations Division
P.O. Box 30054
Lansing, MI 48909

How to File a Professional Service Corporation

Step 1- To file your professional service corporation, you will be required to download this PDF.

Step 2- Once open on your computer, provide the following information:

  • Name and address of individual to which the document will be returned
  • 1- Name of corporation
  • 2- Purpose for which corporation is formed
  • 3.1- Number of common shares and preferred shares
  • 3.2- Any rights, preferences or limitations of the shares of each class
  • 4- Name and address of registered agent

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  • 5- Names and addresses of the incorporators

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  • Any additional articles or information
  • Date of signing
  • Signatures of incorporators
  • Applicant/preparer’s name and business phone number
  • Name of person or organization remitting fees

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Step 3- Once the articles have been completed, you will be able to provide the requisite signatures and send the form to the state offices (address below) for processing. If you are filing by mail, you will be required to pay the filing fee by check or money order made out to the State of Michigan. Those filing by fax (517-241-0538) or by email ([email protected]) will have the ability to pay by credit card through their MICH-ELF account (click here for more information on account creation).

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
Corporations Division
P.O. Box 30054
Lansing, MI 48909

How to File a Nonprofit Corporation

Step 1- To file a nonprofit corporation with LARA, you will first need to download this PDF.

Step 2- When you’ve got the form open in front of you, you will be able to provide the following information:

  • Name and address of individual to which the document will be returned
  • 1- Name of corporation
  • 2- Purpose for which corporation is formed
  • 3.1- Whether stock or nonstock
  • 3.2- If stock, total number of authorized shares

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  • 3a- If nonstock, description and value of real property assets
  • 3b- Description and value of personal property assets
  • 3c- General plan for how corporation is to be financed
  • 3d- Whether formed under membership or directorship basis
  • 4- Name and address of registered agent
  • 5- Name and address of each incorporator

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  • Any additional articles or information
  • Date of signing
  • Signatures of incorporators
  • Applicant/preparer’s name and business phone number
  • Name of person or organization remitting fees

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Step 3- Once all pages have been completed and double checked for accuracy, you will be able to print them off and provide all the requisite signatures. Filers will have the option to file by fax (517-241-0538) or by email ([email protected]) if they have already set up a MICH-ELF account. The $20 filing fee can be paid through this account. For filers wishing to submit their applications through the mail, pay the fee by check or money order made out to the State of Michigan and send both the form and the fee to the below address.

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
Corporations Division
P.O. Box 30054
Lansing, MI 48909

How to File a Ecclesiastical Corporation

Step 1- You will be able to file your ecclesiastical (religious) corporation with the use of this Articles of Incorporation

Step 2- Once you’ve got the form opened up on your computer, provide the following information:

  • Name and address of individual to which the will be returned
  • 1- Name of corporation
  • 2.1- Location of church
  • 2.2- Name of registered agent
  • 2.3- Address of registered agent
  • 2.4- Mailing address of registered agent
  • 3- Period of duration

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  • 4- Church and higher ecclesiastical body under which the members of the church worship and labor
  • 5- Any additional provisions
  • Address and date on which the form was executed
  • At least three notarized signatures and addresses of the signatory
  • Notary information
  • Preparer’s name and business address
  • Name of person or organization remitting fees

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Step 3- Once the forms have been filled out in their entirety, you will be able to supply the requisite signatures and send the document into the LARA offices with the attached filing and franchise fee ($20). Those submitting their filing forms by fax (517-241-0538) or by email ([email protected]) will be able to pay using their MICH-ELF accounts. Filers registering through the mail must pay by check or money order made out to the State of Michigan and send their completed forms to the below address.

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
Corporations Division
P.O. Box 30054
Lansing, MI 48909

Tips

EIN– If forming a new corporation, you will be required to apply for an Employer Identification Number. This identifier is issued by the IRS to each employer in the United States that pays withholding taxes on employees. The EIN is often considered the corporate equivalent of a Social Security Number and without one, your business will not be able to conduct financial transactions as an independent entity. To obtain an EIN for your entity you may apply via the IRS website or you can choose to download the application form SS-4 in PDF and submit it by mail or in person.

Corporate Bylaw– It is not mandatory that new corporations draft a corporate bylaw in the beginning stages of their formation. That being said, this agreement is often the most significant legal document on file with a corporation as it essentially relays the manner in which the internal affairs of the entity are to be organized. Due to the complex nature of a corporate bylaw, when drafting one of your own, it is well advised that you seek legal counsel to ensure that the document is completely airtight. To review our free bylaw template, available in both MS Word and Adobe PDF formatting, click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph.

Renewal– Like in many states across America, the process of corporate renewal involves the submission of an annual report with the state government. In Michigan, entities have the ability to accomplish this task online with the use of the FILEOnline feature on the government website. Indeed, it seems as though this online filing system has been designed exclusively to handle the e-filing of annual reports. Profit corporations will be required to submit their documentation to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs by May 15th of each year and pay the filing fee of $25 when they do so. Nonprofits must file by October 1st and their filing fee will remain at $20.