Washington LLC and Washington Corporation
Filed with the Washington Secretary of State Corporations Division
Washington Corporation Names
The Washington 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.
Washington Limited Liability Company (LLC) Names
The Washington Limited Liability Company (Washington 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 LLC or corporation 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. Washington 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.
An increase in shares does not cause an increase in initial filing fees.
Articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes of shareholders’ meetings, financial statements for the past three years, all written communications to shareholders within the past three years, a list of names and addresses of current directors and officers, and the most recent annual report delivered to the Secretary of State must be kept at the principal office of the corporation.
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