Pennsylvania

Articles of Incorporation

To form a corporation in Pennsylvania, you must file articles of incorporation. The form is customizable.

More information about corporate formation can be accessed through the website of the Pennsylvania Department of State.

The articles of incorporation must include the following information:

  • Name of the corporation
  • Type of entity
  • Corporate mailing and street address
  • Name, street, and mailing address of the registered agent
  • Whether the corporation will issue stock*, the classes of stock, and how the stock will be issued by the board of directors

*Pennsylvania does not require disclosure of the type, aggregate number, or par value of the stock.

Pennsylvania is one of 17 states that recognize the statutory close corporation. Pennsylvania defines a “statutory close corporation” as a corporation which has “30 or fewer shareholders” or a corporation which “elects to be a statutory close corporation.” The articles of incorporation must contain a statement that the corporation is a statutory close corporation.

Mandatory Additional Filings

In addition to the articles of incorporation, Pennsylvania requires the following forms to be filed by mail or online:

  1. One copy of completed form DSCB:15-134A (Docketing Statement)
  2. Any necessary copies of form DSCB:19-17.2 (Consent to Appropriation of Name)
  3. Any necessary governmental approvals

The articles of incorporation may be filed online.

The state statutes applicable to articles of incorporation set forth specific requirements and optional language that you may include when filing the document.


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