There are three ways to incorporate your business in Michigan:

  1. Hire a lawyer to do the job for you (the most expensive option)
  2. Walk in to the Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs office and do it by yourself
  3. Use a professional incorporation company, like Active Filings.

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Michigan Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Michigan, you can file Articles of Incorporation by mail, fax or in person (it will take the DLRA 5 to 7 days to process your filing). If you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business, we are authorized to file online with the state, and we’ll form your LLC or corporation in 1 business day.

To complete your Michigan Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:

Company Name The name shall contain the word “Corporation”, “Company”, “Incorporated”, or “Limited”, or the abbreviation. The name shall not indicate that the corporation was formed for a purpose other than one or more of the purposes permitted in the articles. The name shall be distinguishable from the corporate name of domestic or foreign corporations, domestic or foreign limited partnerships, or currently reserved names. The name cannot use words “Bank”, “Industrial Bank”, “Deposit”, “Surety”, “Security”, “Trust”, or “Trust Company”.
Company Purpose List the reason for forming the corporation or the business/activity which the corporation will engage in.
Authorized Shares List the number of shares of corporate stock you are currently authorizing. Technically, this is when you “create” your stock (more can always be authorized later), and that stock will be issued to your shareholders at your first shareholder meeting.
Registered Agent Information In Michigan, a registered agent (also known as a resident agent) is an individual or business that serves as your company’s official point of contact for lawsuits and legal notices. As part of Active Filings’ incorporation service, we include a year of registered agent service when you hire us to incorporate your business in Michigan.
Names and Addresses of the Incorporators The incorporator is the person or company authorized to form the corporation. For example, if you hired us, we would list ourselves as the incorporator. The incorporator does not have any stake in or claim to the corporation being formed.

Director Information

Minimum Number One or more
Residence Requirements No provision
Age Requirements None
Articles of Incorporation Directors are not required to be listed

Officer Information

Articles of Incorporation Officers are not required to be listed

Stock Information

An increase in the shares may cause an increase in the initial filing fee.

Yearly Requirements

  • Annual Statements
  • Domestic and foreign corporations, transacting business, employing capital or persons, owning or managing property in Michigan, must file an annual report with the Department of Commerce by May 15 annually. The filing fee is $15.

Income Tax Rate

2.3% tax levied on adjusted tax base allocated or apportioned to Michigan.

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When you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business in Michigan, you’ll receive everything you need to track and maintain your company, this includes:

  • Free expedited service
  • One year of registered agent service
  • An online account where you can add additional services, track orders, maintenance requirements and digital notifications.

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