This webpage has been created to provide insight into the registration process for domestic corporations in New Hampshire. Within our guides below, we’ll go over both the online registration procedure and the traditional paper method in which filers will download a PDF application directly from this webpage and submit it by mail. There will be a filing fee of $100 issued upon submission of your filing forms which can be paid by check if filing through the mail or by credit card if you’re submitting your documents using your online account. It should be noted that if you are filing for a non-profit or benefit corporation, you will be required to do so through the traditional paper filing system as there exists no online option for these business types.

Before logging into the online portal, or downloading the requisite PDF, take a moment to conduct a Business Entity Search. This function will give you an idea of the availability of your chosen business name and will reduce the risk of a rejected application. Furthermore, filers may wish to reserve their name for a period of 120 days. This filing will cost representatives an additional $15.

How to File (Online)

Step 1- You will need to have a NH QuickStart account in order to file online with the Secretary of State. The account creation process has been relayed in detail in this online tutorial. Once an account has been created, you will be able to log in on this webpage.

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Step 2- On the left hand side of your screen, under the Online Services heading, you will be able to select the Create a Business Online option.

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Step 3- Next, select the business type and the corporation type (profit or professional).

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Step 4- Start with the business name including the appropriate prefix and enter the required information regarding your company’s shares. This process will involve entering the type, the number of shares, the par value of each share and the free form note (optional). Once you’ve finished, save your selection. At this point, professional corporations will also have to indicate their profession as well as upload any applicable licences and certificates.

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Step 5- Next, you can select the registered agent by entering their name into the search bar and finding them in the drop-down list. When an agent has been selected, you will be able to indicate the duration of your business in New Hampshire.

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Step 6- The fourth article doesn’t ask you to submit any data, however, the fifth will demand that you supply the principle purpose of your business by choosing the NAICS code and sub code.

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Step 7- On the next page you will be required to submit your business email address followed by each incorporator’s name and address.

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Step 8- Supply the principle office street and mailing address then upload any required certificates or licenses.

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Step 9- You can indicate that you believe all the information submitted is true and correct by checking off the box at the bottom of the page. Next, indicate the effective date of your filing and submit your signature into the empty field.

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Step 10- This page will allow you to review and edit all the information supplied in the previous steps. If all seems fine, click Proceed to Pay.

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Step 11- Finally, you may pay the filing fee by selecting your payment method on the first page and submitting your credit card credentials into the second (should you choose this method). You may also pay by your ACH account if applicable.

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How to File Standard/Benefit Corporation (PDF)

Step 1- The filing process for profit and benefit corporations begins by downloading the Articles of Incorporation.

Step 2- The information required on this particular PDF is as follows:

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  • 1- Name, office address, mailing address, phone number, email address and annual report notice specifications
  • 2- Number of authorized shares
  • 3- Name and address of registered agent
  • 4- Principle purpose for which corporation is organized
  • 5- Election to be benefit corporation and end date of said corporation

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  • 6- Name and address of each incorporator
  • Incorporator(s) signatures

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Step 3- Once the application has been completed, you will be able to make a check payable to the Secretary of State covering the $100 filing fee. Send your completed form along with the fee to the below address by mail. You can also choose to hand deliver it to the second address posted below if you wish.

Mailing address

Corporation Division

NH Dept. of State, 107 N Main St, Rm 204

Concord, NH 03301

Over-the-counter address

State House Annex

3rd Floor, Rm 317, 25 Capitol St

Concord, NH

How to File Professional Corporation (PDF)

Step 1- A professional corporation can be formed by first downloading the Articles of Incorporation specific to this business type.

Step 2- When you have the application open in your PDF viewer, or if you’ve printed it off to be filled out in black ink, you will be able to then enter the following information into its fields:

  • 1- Name, office address, mailing address, phone number, email address and annual report notice specifications
  • 2- Number of authorized shares
  • 3- Name and address of registered agent
  • 4- Principle purpose for which corporation is organized
  • 5- Election to be benefit corporation and end date of said corporation

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  • 6- Name and address of each incorporator
  • Incorporator(s) signatures

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Step 3- Mail both the form as well as the filing fee ($100) to the below address to complete the filing process. To pay for the fee, have a check made out to the Secretary of State. If you’d prefer, you may also hand deliver the filing package to the second address.

Mailing address

Corporation Division

NH Dept. of State, 107 N Main St, Rm 204

Concord, NH 03301

Over-the-counter address

State House Annex

3rd Floor, Rm 317, 25 Capitol St

Concord, NH

How to File a Non-Profit Corporation (PDF)

Step 1- In New Hampshire, a non-profit corporation can be created through the Articles of Agreement of a New Hampshire Non-Profit Corporation.

Step 2- The information required on this form is as follows:

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  • 1- Name of corporation
  • 2- Purpose of corporation
  • 3- Provisions establishing membership and participation in corporation
  • 4- Provisions regarding distribution of assets following dissolution
  • 5- New Hampshire principle address, business email and the specifications regarding annual report notices

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  • 6- Amount of capital stock, number of shares, provisions of retirement, reacquisition and redemption of those shares
  • 7- Provision limiting the liability of any applicable member
  • 8- Signature, name and address of each person forming corporation

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Step 3- Attach the filing fee of $25 and mail your filing package to the address directly below this paragraph. This fee is payable by check made out to the Secretary of State. If you’d prefer to hand deliver it to the Secretary of State, you can do so by navigating to the second address below.

Mailing address

Corporation Division

NH Dept. of State, 107 N Main St, Rm 204

Concord, NH 03301

Over-the-counter address

State House Annex

3rd Floor, Rm 317, 25 Capitol St,

Concord, NH

Tips

EIN– Newly formed corporations will be required to obtain an Employer Identification Number once acceptance of registration has been received from the Secretary of State. This number will allow business owners to not only hire staff but also commit to any level of financial transaction on the behalf of the entity. The application process is simple and free and we’ve gone over it in detail in our tutorial linked above and to the left. You can also apply directly Online or through the mail with the PDF Form SS-4.

Corporate Bylaws- As with the operating agreement and the partnership agreement, we recommend that incorporators draft a set of corporate bylaws to delineate the nature of the relationship between members of the corporation and the corporation itself. In doing so, you will greatly improve the general organization of the internal affairs of your business. A free template can be found linked in the heading of this paragraph, available for download in both MS Word and Adobe PDF.

Renewal– Like all entities in New Hampshire, corporations must renew each year through the filing of an annual report. The Secretary of State website seems to direct filers endlessly to the online filing portal to do so. In order to access this, you will need to first have an online account with the government website. Through this portal, you will be able to update the Secretary of State of the few pieces of information they ask to keep you in good standing. The annual report fee is equal to the initial filing fee for all but benefit corporations who will be required to provide $35.