Starting a Washington For-Profit Corporation Checklist
Starting a Washington For-Profit Corporation? The application you are about to begin will ask for specific information. Below is a list of some of the information you should have prepared BEFORE you begin. The information you provide is considered public record and may be published on the Secretary of State’s website.
Do you have a UBI number issued from another Washington State agency? If you do, please complete your filing via our paper form so we can match the number to your business entity. Washington Profit Corporation Paper Form
What name do you want to use?
You will need to identify the number of shares you want to issue. You must have at least one share. You will also be asked for the class of shares, whether it is preferred or common. If you do not know what this means, you should ask a legal professional
Identify a registered agent. If it is someone other than you, make sure you have a signed consent to keep with your records
- The Registered Agent must have a physical address in the state of Washington
- A mailing address in WA may be used for receiving notices from our office
You may complete an Initial Report at the time of filing your Articles, or you may skip and submit the Initial Report within 120 days of filing your Articles
Submit payment through the shopping cart. Only Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit cards may be used for payment. Funds must be identified by the bank as US dollars
After you Submit
When you complete the Articles of Incorporation, it will be reviewed by the office (usually within 2 business days and you will receive an email confirmation including your UBI number. You will use this nine digit number with other state agencies, such as Department of Revenue, Business Licensing Services, and others. If you already have a UBI number, you should not use the online application, but file your Articles on paper.
NOTE: ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED ON ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION ARE PUBLIC RECORD. ALL FILING FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE.
Visit the Washington State Small Business Guide for more information about getting started and the additional resources available.