North Carolina LLC and North Carolina Corporation
Filed with the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State Corporations Division
North Carolina Corporation Names
The North Carolina Corporation name must include the word or an abbreviation of a word that indicates that the named entity is a corporation. Examples of a corporate name ending include “Incorporated,” “Corporation,” “Company” or “Limited.” The name cannot state or imply that the corporation is formed for a purpose other than what is permitted in the articles of incorporation. Also, the name cannot be the same or deceptively similar to any active domestic or foreign corporation or LLC filed with the state.
North Carolina Limited Liability Company (LLC) Names
The North Carolina Limited Liability Company (North Carolina LLC) must use the term “Limited Liability Company”, “LLC” or “L.L.C.” The word “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.” And the word “Company” as “Co.” The name cannot state or imply that the LLC is formed for a purpose other than what is permitted in the articles of organization. Also, the name cannot be the same or deceptively similar to any active domestic or foreign corporation or LLC filed with the state.
A corporation must maintain a registered agent at all times to accept any important service of process from the state. The registered agent must be located and available during regular business hours at a legal address within the state. North Carolina prohibits the use of a P.O. Box as your registered agent’s address.
- Minimum Number – One or more.
- State Residence Requirements – None.
- Age Requirements – Directors must be a natural person at least 19 years of age.
- Directors are not required to be listed in the articles of incorporation.
Officers are not required to be listed in the articles of incorporation.
The number of shares that the corporation is authorized to issue must be stated in the articles.
The articles of incorporation, bylaws or restated bylaws, resolutions, minutes, written communications, financial statements to shareholders, names and business addresses of current directors and officers, and most recent annual report must be kept at the principal office of the corporation.
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