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Business Services Division > Your Business Starts Here! > STARTING A BUSINESS > Chapter 5 - Forming the For Profit Formal Association Chapter 5 - Forming the For Profit Formal Association

Once you have selected the structure of your business and selected a business name you are ready to begin the life of the entity.

To form one of the Formal Associations, organizational documents must be filed with the Business Services Division of the Secretary of State. Although not required, boilerplate forms to form for-profit from the Division. You may obtain forms via our website, by visiting our office, or by mail. All cites are to the Indiana Code ("IC"). Each code cite is linked to the appropriate section of the Indiana Code.

  • Corporation and S-Corporation: To form a Business Corporation, Articles of Incorporation must be filed. The Articles of Incorporation must include the following: (IC 23-1-21-2)
    • the name of the corporation (which must include "Corporation," "Company," "Incorporated," "Limited," or an abbreviation thereof);
    • the name and address of the Registered Agent;
    • the number of shares of stock the corporation is authorized to issue;
    • the name and address of all the incorporators;
    • the original signature of the all the incorporators; and
    • a $90.00 filing fee ( $80.00 online)
  • Limited Liability Company: To form an L.L.C., "Articles of Organization" must be filed. Articles of Organization must include the following: (IC 23-18-2-4)
    • the name of the LLC, which must end with "Limited Liability Company" or" LLC";
    • the period of duration of the LLC;
    • the name and street address of the Registered Agent;
    • if the operating agreement vests management in a manager(s), a statement to that effect;
    • the signature of at least one organizer, member or manager; and
    • a $90.00 filing fee. ( $80.00 online)
  • Limited Partnership: To form an L.P., a "Certificate of Limited Partnership" must be filed. The Certificate of Limited Partnership must include the following: (IC23-16-3-2)
    • the name of the limited partnership, which must end with Limited Partnership or LP;
    • the address of the office;
    • the name and address of the Registered Agent;
    • the name and business address of all General Partners;
    • the signature of all General Partners;
    • the latest date upon which the partnership is to dissolve (cannot be perpetual); and
    • a $90.00 filing fee. ( $80.00 online)
  • Limited Liability Partnership : To form an L.L.P., a "Registration" must be filed. The Registration must include the following: (IC 23-4-1-45)
    • the name of the L.L.P., which must end with "Limited Liability Partnership" or "LLP";
    • the address of principal office;
    • the name and address of the Registered Agent;
    • an indication of the nature of the business in which the partnership is engaged;
    • a statement that the Registration is evidence of the Partnership's intention to act as an LLP;
    • the signature of at least one partner; and
    • a $90.00 filing fee. ( $80.00 online) 
Each of these transactions may be filed online or filed by paper. If the transaction is filed online the payment of the filing fee may be paid with a credit card or IN.gov subscriber account

The website to file all of these formation documents online is here
To file by paper and use the state prescribed forms download copies here


 

 

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