This particular start a business tutorial has been designed to shed light on the process of creating a brand new, Minnesota corporation. You will most likely find that incorporating in Minnesota is as simple as 1-2-3. Filings can be completed online (via the Business and Lien System which requires the creation of an account) or in person or through the mail, the fees varying based on the filing method and corporation type. The following types of domestic corporations are available for creation in Minnesota, their fees being listed:

Select the corporate model you wish to form and follow the instructions below. Paper filers will find their instructions located at the end of this page.

Before filing, it would be wise to perform a Business Entity Search to ensure that your corporate name has not already been taken in the state of Minnesota. Furthermore, you may wish to reserve that name for a year by filing a Name Reservation application.

How to File (Online)

Filing a domestic corporation online requires virtually the same process regardless if the corporation is standard, professional, or non-profit. As will be noted later, there are a few steps which, depending on which filing you’re completing, are unique to one corporate structure or another, they being a question on shares included for standard corporations and one on professional services for professional corporations.

Step 1 – To begin your filing, login to your Business and Lien System account. If you have not created an account yet you may do so quickly with the help of our brief tutorial on the subject.

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Once logged in you will need to navigate to the homepage in order to select your filing type. Select Business Corporation (Domestic) if you intend to form a standard or professional corporation. Individuals forming a non-profit corporation will need to select Non-Profit Corporation (Domestic) from the listed filings to continue.

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Step 2 – Indicate if your corporation is going to be professional or standard at this step (NOTE: non-profit organizations may be professional as well).

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Step 3 – Input your desired operating name and business designation and select Search to continue.

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Step 4 – At this point you must input the name(s) and address(es) of the incorporator(s) of your corporation.

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Step 5 – Add all requested information regarding your registered agent.

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Step 6 – To complete this section please input the address of your registered office and select next.

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Step7 – If you are unable to receive mail at the previously entered address you must enter a mailing address at this juncture.

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Step 7a – Individuals filing for a professional corporation will need to indicate the nature of the professional service to be provided at this point.

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Step 7b – Standard and standard-professional corporations will need to indicate the number of shares they wish to be authorized to issue at this point.

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Step 8 – Indicate here which date, if any, will be the expiration date of your corporation.

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Step 9 – Extra files may be attached, digitally, at this time if you would like do so for the sake of your filing.

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Step 9 – At this juncture you must input a contact and delivery address.

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Step 10 – Finally, add client reference information if you would like to do so.

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Step 11 – Add an email address here and select next to review your filing.

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If everything looks right, select submit to finalize your filing.

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Finally, e-sign the document and select submit to complete the filing.

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Step 12 – You will be presented with a confirmation of your filing. Select Continue to US Bank to make your payment.

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Step 13 – Login to your US Bank account, or, if you have none, select Pay Without Registering to continue.

mn-domestic-llc-16Step 14 – Input the following information and select continue to complete your payment:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Card number
  • Expiration date
  • Card security code
  • Billing address (if different)

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How to Form a Business Corporation (PDF)

Step 1 – File for your business corporation through the mail or in person by downloading the Articles of Incorporation PDF and entering the following information into it:

  • Name of Corporation
  • Registered office address
  • Resident agent name
  • Shares
  • Incorporator(s) name/address/signature
  • Email address for official notices
  • Name/phone number of filer

mn-dcorporation-form-1 mn-dcorporation-form-2Step 2 – Print the PDF and attach a check with the proper amount ($135 for mail, $155 for in person) made out to the Secretary of State. Once your corporate filing package is complete send it or deliver it to the following address:

Minnesota Secretary of State – Business Services

Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building

60 Empire Drive, Suite 100 St Paul, MN 55103

How to Form a Non-Profit Corporation (PDF)

Step 1 – Filing a non-profit corporation takes only a minute, even if by mail or in person. To file, download the Articles of Incorporation PDF for non-profits and submit the following data to the form:

  • Name of corporation
  • Registered office address
  • Resident agent name
  • Incorporator(s) name/address/signature
  • Email address for official notices
  • Name/phone number of filer

mn-npcorporation-form-1 mn-npcorporation-form-2Step 2 – Attach a check with the correct amount ($90 for mail, $70 for in person) made out to the Secretary of State to your corporate package. Once the filing package is complete send it or deliver it to the following address:

Minnesota Secretary of State – Business Services

Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building

60 Empire Drive, Suite 100 St Paul, MN 55103

Tips

EIN – EINs, or Employer Identification Numbers, are required by the IRS in order to operate as a corporation. This number will be asked of you if you are attempting to open a bank account under the corporate name, register for a business loan or apply for corporate credit cards. To acquire an EIN for your corporation you may apply Online or mail the PDF Form SS-4 once complete. For more information on EINs and how to acquire one for your new corporation please follow the link to the left.

Corporate Bylaw– For information regarding corporate bylaws- the documents which will help to organize your corporation beyond what the initial filings are capable of- please follow the link to the left. You will find there as well links to our free bylaws template in both PDF and MS Word formats, to aid you in drafting your own bylaws, should you choose to do so. These documents can, when properly created, help to avoid litigation and confusion within your corporation by delineating member responsibilities and capital interests from the outset.

Renewal – Renewing, which can be completed online via the Business and Lien System or in person or through the mail at the address listed below, is required by all corporations in order for them to remain in good standing. Paper filers will find the appropriate PDF forms below listed along with their associated fees and the address the forms must eventually be delivered to:

Minnesota Secretary of State – Business Services

Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building

60 Empire Drive, Suite 100 St Paul, MN 55103