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Kentucky

LLC, Business License, Incorporation

With the 26th largest population in the United States, Kentucky services both large and small businesses. Kentucky's major industries include agriculture and automobiles. Regardless of your industry, we can help you take advantage of Kentucky's business services.

Forming a Corporation in Kentucky

Each state has its own set of rules for businesses seeking to form a corporation there. If you've decided to incorporate in Kentucky, The Company Corporation will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Incorporation with the Kentucky Secretary of State. We can also assist with many of your follow-up needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing.

Here are some helpful facts about Kentucky's incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Kentucky requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with any other name on record with the Secretary of State. When you incorporate with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Kentucky's standards.

Permitted designations: Kentucky corporate names may be followed by several approved designations, including:

  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.

Restricted designations: The use of certain words and phrases in corporate names is considered "restricted" in Kentucky, meaning they require special approval by the state. These include:

  • Bank
  • Banking
  • Engineer
  • Engineering
  • Engineers
  • Insurance

Prohibited designations: Kentucky prohibits the use of the following words and phrases in corporate names:

  • Cooperative

Filing Requirements

Remember, when you work with The Company Corporation, we'll take care of your incorporation filing for you. This information is presented only for your reference.

Required documents: The state of Kentucky requires businesses to file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State.

Location to file: Businesses must file their corporate documents in the same county where their registered agent is located.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for incorporating a business in Kentucky is between 3 and 5 business days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Corporations are required to have one or more directors.

Director qualifications: The Articles of Incorporation or bylaws may prescribe the qualifications. A director is not required to be a resident of Kentucky or a shareholder unless so prescribed by the articles or bylaws.

Appearance in articles: Not required.

Written consent: Permitted. Directors may act in writing in lieu of holding a meeting.

Principal office location

Kentucky requires a corporation's principal office to be located inside the state.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Corporations must file annual reports with the Kentucky Secretary of State between January 1 and June 30.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is between 24 and 48 hours.

Signatures: Only company officers or directors are authorized to sign annual reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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