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Virginia LLC and Corporation Registration and Formation

There are different types of business entities that you can form in the state including a limited liability company (LLC), a corporation, an S corporation, a limited liability partnership, and a Benefit Corporation among others. The Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Virginia was $441.49 billion in 2017 as compared to $416.9 billion in 2010. The economy is thriving and it is ranked high on business climate, which are some of the many reasons to form a Virginia business. Several Fortune 500 companies are based out of the state and they are distributed over the greater D.C. area and NOVA (Northern Virginia).

We are one of the top Virginia registered agents and can assist you with the successful registration of your business entity in the state.

Let’s take a look at how you can form a Virginia business LLC or Corporation.

Virginia LLC Registration and Formation

Virginia LLC Registration & Formation

LLC company formation in Virginia is governed by 2016 Code of Virginia, Title 13.1 – Corporations, Chapter 12 – Virginia Limited Liability Company Act. The procedure for registration and formation of LLC is as follows:

Step#1: Maintain a registered agent

If you are planning to form a Limited Liability Company in Virginia then you will be required to continuously maintain a registered agent in the state pursuant to VA Code § 13.1-1015 (2016). This law is applicable to domestic limited liability companies as well as foreign limited liability companies.

We would take this opportunity to share with you the fact that we are one of the top registered agents in the state and have been responsible for over 11,494 businesses set up in Virginia. We can assist you to form a Virginia business LLC.

Step#2: LLC Name Reservation

One of the foremost steps towards company formation in Virginia is identifying a name for your business entity. The process is as follows:

  1. Identify a name for your business entity
  2. According to VA Code § 13.1-1012 (2016), the name should contain the phrase or words “limited liability company” or the abbreviations “L.L.C.”, or “LLC”.
  3. The chosen name should be distinguishable and should not be deceptively similar to the name of any limited partnership, corporation, or limited liability company
  4. Apply for reservation of name pursuant to the provisions of VA Code § 13.1-1013 (2016)
  5. Submit the form through mail with the Office of the Virginia State Corporation Commission along with the applicable fee. An LLC can reserve its name for a period of 120 days.

Step#3: Articles of Organization and Certificate of Registration

If you are planning to form a Virginia business LLC then the most important step is to prepare and file the proper documents for a Limited Liability Company. The steps are:

  • If you want to register a domestic LLC then you will be required to file “Articles of Organization” governed by VA Code § 13.1-1011 (2016).
  • If your business entity is a foreign LLC then you will be required to file an application for “Certificate of Registration” pursuant to VA Code § 13.1-1052 (2016).
  • The application or documentation for registration of LLC can be filed with the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission, in person, through mail, or online.

We can file the form on your behalf as your registered agent in the state and provide you with certified copies of the LLC registration.

In case, you have any questions regarding how to form a Virginia business, feel free to call us on 702-871-8678.

Virginia Corporation Registration and Formation

Virginia Corporation Registration & Formation

If you are planning to form a Corporation in Virginia then it will be governed by 2016 Code of Virginia, Title 13.1 – Corporations, Chapter 9 – Virginia Stock Corporation Act. The procedure for registration and formation of a business corporation is as follows:

Step#1: Maintain a Registered Agent

If you are planning to form a business or professional corporation in Virginia then you will be required to continuously maintain a registered agent in the state pursuant to VA Code § 13.1-634 (2016). This law is applicable to domestic as well as foreign corporations.

We would take this opportunity to share with you the fact that we are one of the top registered agents in the state and have been responsible for over 11,494 businesses set up in Virginia. We can assist you to form a Virginia business as we are in compliance with all regulations in the State of Virginia.

Step#2: Corporate Name Reservation

In order to form a corporation in Virginia, one of the key steps is identifying a name for your business entity. What is the process? The process is as follows:

  1. Identify a name for your business entity
  2. According to VA Code § 13.1-630 (2016), a corporate name should contain the phrase or words “corporation”, “company”, “incorporated”, or the abbreviations “Corp.”, or “Inc.”
  3. The chosen name should be distinguishable and should not be deceptively similar to the name of any limited liability company, limited partnership, or corporation
  4. Apply for reservation of name pursuant to VA Code § 13.1-631 (2016).
  5. Submit the form through mail or online with the Office of the Virginia State Corporation Commission along with the applicable fee. A business corporation can reserve its name for a period of 120 days.

Step#3: Articles of Incorporation and Certificate of Authority

If you are planning to form a corporation in Virginia, then the most important step is to prepare and file the proper documents for a business corporation. The steps are:

  • If you want to register a domestic corporation then you will be required to file “Articles of Incorporation” pursuant to VA Code § 13.1-619 (2016).
  • If your business entity is a foreign corporation then you will be required to file a ” Certificate of Authority” to transact business in the state pursuant to VA Code § 13.1-759 (2016).
  • The application or documentation for registration of a corporation can be filed with the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission, in person, through mail, or online.

We can file the form on your behalf as your registered agent in the state and provide you with certified copies of the incorporation.

If you have any questions regarding Virginia incorporation or LLC formation, you can simply visit the Virginia Business formation page.

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