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LLC, Business License, Incorporation

With the 34th largest population in the United States, Utah services both large and small businesses. Utah's major industries include mining, cattle ranching, and salt production. Regardless of your industry, we can help you take advantage of Utah's business services.

Forming a corporation in Utah

Each state has its own set of rules for businesses seeking to form a corporation there. If you've decided to incorporate in Utah, 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 Utah Department of Commerce. 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 Utah's incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Utah requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with any domestic, foreign, profit or not-for-profit corporate, limited liability and limited partnership names as well as reserved or registered corporate, limited liability company, general or limited partnership names, forced fictitious names, assumed names or service marks. When you incorporate with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Utah's standards.

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

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

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

  • Bank
  • Banker
  • Bankers
  • Banking
  • Banks
  • Citius Altius Fortius
  • College
  • Institution
  • Olympiad
  • Olympic
  • School
  • University
  • Deposit
  • Trust
  • Trust Company

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 Utah requires businesses to file Articles of Incorporation with the Department of Commerce.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for incorporating a business in Utah is 30-35 days. Expedited filings, which require an additional fee, typically take 5-7 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 for directors.

Appearance in articles: Not required. Directors' names and addresses do not have to appear in the Articles of Incorporation.

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

Principal office location

Utah permits a corporation's principal office to be located outside of the state.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Corporations must file annual reports with the Utah Department of Commerce on or before the date that marks the anniversary of incorporation.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is between 5 and 10 business days.

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