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Delaware Certificate of Incorporation
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Delaware Certificate of Incorporation

By Brett Melson Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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A Delaware Certificate of Incorporation is the foundation upon which a Delaware corporation is built.


Until you receive the approved Certificate of Incorporation back from the Delaware Division of Corporations, you do not yet have a valid Delaware company.


The state of Delaware requires very little information to be made public in order to form a corporation; the Certificate of Incorporation only requires a few pieces of information.



The Information You'll Need to File a Delaware Certificate of Incorporation:


  • The name of the Delaware company
  •  The address of the Delaware Registered Office and the name and address of the Delaware Registered Agent
  • The purpose of the company (typically this is drafted broadly and unspecifically to include any lawful activity)
  • The number of shares of stock and par value
  •  The name and mailing address of the incorporator


In Delaware, your officers/Directors and shareholders are not usually listed on the Certificate of Incorporation. The preparation, execution and filing of the Delaware Certificate of Incorporation is handled by an incorporator. 


An incorporator is an individual or company that forms a corporation on behalf of the corporation's Board of Directors by filing the Certificate of Incorporation with the Delaware Division of Corporations.


The incorporator then names the initial Directors of the corporation until the successors are elected (and qualified internally) within the company. The powers of the incorporator are then terminated, and the incorporator shall no longer be considered a part of the corporation.


Harvard Business Services, Inc. is the incorporator, on behalf of all our clients, for the companies we file. The Delaware Certificate of Incorporation is signed by Richard H. Bell, II, as president of Harvard Business Services, Inc. 


The powers of the incorporator are limited to executing the filing of the document with the Division of Corporations. Once the document is filed, the incorporator releases the company to the initial Directors.


No information about the officers or Directors is required to be filed publicly in Delaware in the formation process. It is a nice feature of Delaware; this way, should an officer or Director change, the company is not obliged to file amendments with the Division of Corporations to update that information. 


Instead, the change is recorded internally, which allows the business owners to focus on the operation of the corporation rather than tedious paperwork. All Delaware corporations are required to file an annual report each year on or before March 1, naming the Directors and officers.


Harvard Business Services, Inc. is here to assist you if you have any questions or concerns about the company formation process and/or the Delaware Certificate of Incorporation. 


To file a new company Delaware LLC or corporation now, visit our easy-to-use order form. You can also call us anytime between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday, at 1-800-345-2677. 


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There is 1 comment left for Delaware Certificate of Incorporation

Sosthenes Bichanga says: Sunday, November 29, 2015

The state of Delaware is surely the home of corporations.

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