How to Incorporate a Business in Virginia (VA)

There are three ways to incorporate your business in Virginia:
  1. Hire a lawyer to do the job for you (the most expensive option)
  2. Walk in to the Secretary of State office and do it by yourself
  3. Use a professional incorporation company, like Active Filings.
When you hire Active Filings to incorporate your business in Virginia, you’ll receive everything you need to track and maintain your company, including free expedited service, one year of registered agent service, and instant access to your online account where you can add additional services, track orders, maintenance requirements and digital notifications.
However, whatever method you choose, the section below will provide you the basic information you need to know about VA filings.

Viginia Articles of Incorporation Requirements

The Articles of Incorporation is the formation document you file with the Virginia Secretary of State to register your corporation with the state (LLCs file Articles of Organization). In Virginia, you can file Articles of Incorporation by mail, fax or in person (it will take the SOS 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 Virginia Articles of Incorporation, you’ll need to include the following information:
  • Company Name
    The name shall contain the word “corporation”, “incorporated”, “company”, “limited” or “limited company” or an abbreviation of one of those words. The name shall not contain any prohibited word or phrase nor any which implies that it is organized for any purpose other than those stated in articles. The name may not be confusingly similar to that of domestic or qualified foreign corporation.
  • 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 Virginia, 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 Virginia.
  • 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.

* Directors are not required to be listed in the articles of incorporation.

Officer Information

* The officers are not required to be listed in the articles of incorporation.

Stock Information

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

Yearly Requirements

Annual Statements

* Domestic corporations and qualified foreign corporations must file an annual report with the State Corporation Commission between January 1 and April 1 of each year after the calendar year in which incorporated or authorized to transact business.

Income Tax Rate

* 6% of Virginia taxable income.

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