How to Incorporate in South Carolina


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Incorporating in South Carolina is relatively easy.  This article should give you resources to understand how the incorporation process works in South Carolina, and to use the legal forms from the South Carolina Secretary of State to incorporate in South Carolina.

It is advised that you search your corporate name before filing any documents. To do so you can visit the Search Business Filings page on the Secretary of State Web site. If your company name is available you can submit an Application to Reserve Corporate Name. You will need to submit two copies of this form, the original and a duplicate original. The filing fee is $10, and for quicker return you can include a self-addressed envelope. Documents should be sent to: Secretary of State, P.O. Box 11350, Columbia, SC 29211. Your name will be reserved for a period of 120 days.

Once your company name is established, you can begin filling out your Articles of Incorporation and your CL-1 form. Two copies of the form must be filed. The filing fee is $135 (which includes the $25 CL-1 fee). You must also submit the first report to corporations. All documents can be sent to the same address listed above.  The Secretary of State Web site also offers a comprehensive Business Filings FAQ for any additional questions you may have.

There are many companies that offer the service of filing these articles on your behalf, such as FileOnline  or LegalZoom.