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Forming a Corporation in Washington

Washington State Corp Filing

Every state has a different set of laws and regulations in place. So, in most cases, no two states are the same. Due to that, you must be familiar with the set of rules present when dealing with Washington State Corp Filing. If your state of the choice corporation is Washington, DOT Operating Authority can help you with all the details. There are many steps in the process. From what comes from our part, we will research the availability of your company name. Also, our company can help you prepare and file your Articles of Incorporation with the Washington Secretary State. We can also assist with many of your follow-up needs such as amendment filings, written consents. Also, we can help you with written consents and annual report preparation and filing.

Washington Corporate Name Requirements

In order to be a successful corporation in Washington, your name cannot be confused with any existing names. You also cannot use any reserved, or registered corporate names. All in all, DOT Operating Authority is here to make sure that you get the perfect name for your Washington State Corp Filing. We will also conduct full research and make sure to meet all of Washington requirements.

Permitted Designations: There are several approved designations that corporate names can be followed by, which include:

  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.

Restricted Designations: There are certain words and phrases that cannot be in corporate names. And therefore, are considered “restricted” in Washington and require special approval. They include:

  • Bank
  • Banker
  • Banking
  • Cooperative
  • Cpa
  • Trust
  • Combinations of the words “industrial” and “loan”
  • Combinations of the words “building”, “savings”, “loan”, “home”, “association” and “society.”

Washington State Corp Filing Requirements

Required Documents: Washington requires businesses to file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State. Therefore, by trusting us to form your corporation for you, we will file all mandatory documents for you.

Processing Time: On Average, it takes between 5 – 7 business days.

Reminder: Follow-up filings are not mandatory.

Directors Information

When forming a corporation, it is mandatory for companies to have one or more directors. In addition, all the directors should be 18 years or older.

Annual Reports

All Washington Corporations must file an annual report and license renewal with the Secretary of State by the end of the month that marks the anniversary of incorporation.

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