This webpage has been designed to serve as a general overview of the filing procedures demanded of domestic and foreign corporations in Wyoming. Our in-depth tutorials have been linked below, providing you with instructions on the various methods of application made available by the Secretary of State. Domestic corporations will have the luxury of submitting their documents through an online portal. We have also compiled the requisite applications in PDF format for individuals who wish to file through the mail. A registration fee will be required when submitting your documents, regardless of how you choose to file. Profit corporations must supply $100, while non-profits need only pay $25.
How to File
Step 1- The first step in the filing process is to decide on a business name. Each entity in the state must operate under a unique name that is distinguishable from that of any other currently registered with the Secretary of State. With a preliminary check, you can ensure that your name is available prior to registration. A Name Reservation may also prove beneficial as it will allow you to reserve a name for a period of 120 days. Reservations in this state cost $50 for profit corporations and $10 for non-profit.
Step 2- You must now submit the requisite business information. The links below contain guides to the online and paper filing methods. Click on the link associated with your entity type to gain more information on the exact requirements.
Step 3- Once the forms have been successfully completed, online or by PDF, you will need to gather any additional certification that must be included with your filings. Foreign entities will be required to provide with their registration a certificate of good standing or document of equal qualification from their initial jurisdiction of formation. You will also need to provide a feeling fee. The online filing process is completed upon payment of this fee by credit card ($50 profit, $25 non-profit). Paper applications must be forwarded to the address below with an attached check or money order made out to the Wyoming Secretary of State.
Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002
EIN – Once your newly formed domestic corporation has been filed with the Secretary of State, and acceptance of formation has been received, you will be required to apply for an Employer Identification Number. The IRS issues this identifier to keep tabs on tax withholding entities. Once acquired, your business will be eligible to hire employees, register for bank accounts, apply for loans, and perform a number of other transactions. Obtaining an EIN can be accomplished Online or through the mail with the PDF Form SS-4. A tutorial on both processes can be found linked in the heading of this paragraph.
Corporate Bylaws – Drafting a set of corporate bylaws when forming a new corporation is a great way to strengthen the organizational structure of your business. There is no legal obligation to draft an agreement, though many business representatives use one to define the various provisions left undocumented when filing the Articles of Incorporation. Once implemented, you’ll be able to standardize the rules and regulations of your business and describe the relationship between the members of the entity and the entity itself. Click on the link at the heading of this paragraph to download our free template in MS Word and PDF formats.
Renewal – Like in most states, corporations in Wyoming will be required to renew their registration with the Secretary of State with the submission of an annual report. Filing this renewal will allow you to update your general business information and also enable your corporation to remain in good standing. Failing to renew can greatly reduce the amount of tasks the business will be able to perform and will add late filing fees to the following annual report. Using your filing ID number, a report can be filed on the Secretary of State’s website. This process will require filers to submit a base fee of $50 + additional fees based on the corporation’s total assets.