The authority for incorporating in North Carolina is the Corporations Division of the North Carolina Secretary of State. This is the government agency responsible for all forms, filings, and record keeping. It acts under State Authority granted by the North Carolina Business Corporation Act.
The Corporations Division also maintains all corporate filings of record. The types of business structures available are For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships, and Registered Limited Liability Partnerships.
Foreign and Domestic Corporations
A foreign corporation is a corporation registered in another state that does business in North Carolina. Foreign corporations are required to register in North Carolina and obtain a Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in North Carolina.
Domestic corporations are those formed in North Carolina itself. While there is no residency requirement for directors or officers of corporations, a registered agent (who can also be a corporate officer) must have a physical address in North Carolina along with regular business hours. They have to be available to take phone calls and respond to legal matters. Hiring a registered agent will protect your privacy and meet the requirements of incorporation in North Carolina.
Officers and Documents
Corporations in North Carolina must have one or more directors whose names and addresses will appear in the articles of incorporation. All must be at least 19 years old.
Corporate officers do not have to appear in filings, but information about officers, stockholders, minutes of required meetings, and annual reports have to be maintained at the corporate offices. Other records required at the principal place of business include a copy of the articles of incorporation along with any amendments.
Forming a Corporation Online
Incorporation in North Carolina can be handled remotely through our services. We offer complete packages that allow you to start your corporation or LLC without missing key steps or documents. This lets you focus on managing your business instead of getting stuck in state-mandated paperwork. Incorporating online is as easy as providing some initial information and deciding which type of corporation best fits your needs.
CorpNet is available to help you start a corporation and one-year registered agent services are standard in our packages. We also include unlimited customer support.