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ARTS-GENERAL (REV 03/2005)
ORGANIZATION OF CALIFORNIA STOCK CORPORATIONS
Business corporations authorized to issue stock, excluding such special organizations as cooperatives, credit
unions, etc., are organized under the General Corporation Law, and particularly Title 1, Division 1, Chapter 2,
California Corporations Code.
California Corporations Code Sections 200-202 outline the minimum content requirements of Articles of
Incorporation for stock corporations. The attached sample has been drafted to meet those minimum statutory
requirements. The sample may be used as a guide in preparing documents to be filed with the Secretary of
State to incorporate. It is, however, suggested that you seek private counsel for advice regarding the proposed
corporation’s specific business needs, which may require the inclusion of special permissive provisions.
The fee for filing Articles of Incorporation on behalf of a stock corporation is $100.00. Check(s) should be made
payable to the Secretary of State.
PLEASE NOTE: Businesses incorporating in California are subject to California corporation franchise tax
requirements until such time as they formally dissolve. Information regarding franchise tax requirements can be
obtained from the Franchise Tax Board’s Internet Web site or by calling the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-
The original and at least two copies of the Articles of Incorporation should be included with your submittal. The
Secretary of State will certify two copies of the filed document without charge, provided that the copies are
submitted to the Secretary of State with the document to be filed. Any additional copies submitted will be
certified upon request and payment of the $8.00 per copy certification fee.
Documents can be mailed or hand delivered for over-the-counter processing to the Sacramento office at:
Business Programs Division
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814