Plan Your Delaware Company’s Business Start Date

Effective DateWould you like to set your new Delaware company’s business start date?  Maybe you want to register a Delaware company with an effective date of your son or daughter’s birthday or on your wedding anniversary date. Maybe you’d like to have the company documents filed on an important day in history or a date that signifies astrological importance. Recently, Harvard Business Services, Inc. (HBS) received many requests for Delaware filings to be effective on February 22, 2022 due to the date being a palindrome date—reading the same way forwards and backwards.  If it’s close to the end of the year, you may even prefer an effective date of January 1. 

In Delaware, an LLC’s Certificate of Formation or a Corporation’s Certificate of Incorporation can be filed with an effective date and even an effective time. Even if you’d like the business start date to be on a non-business day such as Saturday, the Delaware documents can be filed the Friday prior and an additional Article on the document can state the company’s effective date as Saturday. If you want the entity to become effective at noon or another specific time, this can be done, as well.

The Delaware Secretary of State stamps documents with the actual date they are filed for approval. It requires an additional Article on the document to enact a different official effective date. If you don’t want an effective date on the documents, but rather; you want the Delaware Certificate filed on a specific day instead, our team at Harvard Business Services can help.  As long as the day that you want to file is a business day, HBS can file the Certificate of Formation or Incorporation on that specific date for approval with the Delaware Secretary of State.

It’s important to note that if you decide to register a Delaware company with services from HBS, and an effective date and time are needed, it is best to contact our live representatives by phone to request the specific effective date and time. If you plan on forming a new Delaware company or if you have any questions regarding this process and need to file the Delaware documents with an effective date, we can be reached at 1-302-645-7400 or 1-800-345-2677 ext. 6900 or via email at We can also be reached via skype at

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