|LOUISIANA NONPROFIT CORPORATION FILING INSTRUCTIONS
Carefully review all entries made to your on line filing. This
is an official document and requested edit(s) or change(s) to the filing will
require subsequent submission of change documents and incur additional fees.
NOTE: This on line application contains only the minimum
provisions required by law to be set forth in Articles of Incorporation for
domestic (Louisiana) non-profit corporations. Additional provisions may be
advisable or necessary, depending on the specific needs of each company.
Consideration should be given to the advantages and disadvantages of forming a
corporation, and the legal and tax consequences. You are strongly advised to
seek legal advice from an attorney and tax and other business advice from an
A business entity filing with the Louisiana Secretary of State does not
necessarily give you the right to use your proposed company name, assumed or
fictitious name in this state if the use violates someone else's trade name,
trademark, or service mark rights under the trademark laws of the United States,
this state, or the common law. Prior to your use of the name, you are encouraged
to research the names and marks of other parties used or registered in this
state, or registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or
consult an attorney to determine the existence of any conflicting
Subscribing to our new Electronic Notification
System will allow you to track any changes made to your entity via
email or text message. The subscriber may also receive messages containing
important information from the Secretary of State.
Important: Processing of registration is subject to availability of the
requested company name. Filings are not final until satisfactory completion of
statutory requirements are verified by the Secretary of State's office. A link
to retrieve registration documents containing a validation number will be
provided to the filer upon successful filing.
Preliminary availability of names can be checked through our Commercial
Database. Names should be searched by spelling and phonetically for
- No corporate name shall contain the phrase "doing business as" or the
- To register with our office, complete on line the Articles of
Incorporation, which initiates an agent affidavit, and submit the requisite
filing fee, plus a $5 state service charge (payable by credit card),
through our Secretary of State CORA (Commercial Online Registration
- Registered agent acceptance must be completed within seven days of on line
submission. In the case of agent�s rejection or agent�s failure to
respond you will be required to re-file your documents.
- The Agent Acknowledgment and Acceptance must be electronically signed by
each registered agent in order for registration to be accepted.
- Upon completion of review by our staff and compliance with Louisiana laws,
you will receive a link to obtain your certificate of incorporation.
- If you intend to apply to the Internal Revenue Service for tax exempt
status, additional information will be required in the Articles of
Incorporation. To obtain exemption information contact the IRS at 877.829.5500. If the
required information is not included in the Articles of Incorporation the IRS
will direct you to amend the articles. This, as well as the Clerk of
Court's Office, will require and additional fee to file an amendment to the
Articles of Incorporation.
- If you have questions or experience problems contact our office at