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In-Depth Incorporation FAQ

How long before my company is officially incorporated with the state (how long should the process take)?


  1. Complete our online Application - 10 minutes
  2. Document preparation and state filing - timing varies by state (shown below)
By far, most of the time involved in processing your Articles will be the time it takes for the state of incorporation to complete its work.

Immediately after you complete the online form, we will audit the information you have submitted and begin preparation of your articles of incorporation (or articles of organization). Usually, we will be able to send the Articles to their destination the following business day. When the state approves and returns the Articles of Incorporation to our office, we will notify you of the approval and immediately ship the Articles, along with other documents and information to your company.

The state's process is not within our control. The amount of time an individual state takes can vary widely depending on such external factors as the time of year, the state of the economy, the particular state's backlog compared to its staffing, etc. Typically it can take from two to three weeks (or sometimes even twice that long). Regardless of whom you incorporate with, the time the state takes to process the Articles will be the same.

We at Direct Incorporation will do our part to minimize the amount of time the process takes by ensuring that your documents are processed and sent out within two business days of receiving your online information.

Approximate timing for each state to process the Articles of Incorporation:
(Please note that this information is estimated and may change without notice.)

  • Alabama: 15-20 business days
  • Alaska: 3 to 4 business days
  • Arizona: about 2 months; about 3 weeks if expedited
  • Arkansas: 3 to 5 business days
  • California: about 4 weeks; about 2 weeks if expedited
  • Colorado: 3 to 4 business days
  • Connecticut: 15 to 20 business days; about a week if expedited
  • Delaware: 4 to 6 weeks; about a week if expedited
  • District of Columbia: 15 to 20 business days; about 5 business days if expedited
  • Florida: 3 to 4 business days
  • Georgia: 12-15 business days; About 3 to 5 business days if expedited
  • Hawaii: 3 to 4 days
  • Idaho: 5-7 business days
  • Illinois: 20 to 25 business days; 3 business days if expedited
  • Indiana: 3 to 4 business days
  • Iowa: 15 to 20 business days
  • Kansas: 3 to 4 days
  • Kentucky: 10 to 12 business days
  • Louisiana: 5 to 7 business days
  • Maine: 15 to 20 business days; 1 week if expedited
  • Maryland: 12 weeks; about 1 week if expedited
  • Massachusetts: 5 to 7 days
  • Michigan: 15 to 20 business days; about 4 business days if expedited
  • Minnesota: about 5 business days
  • Mississippi: 8-12 business days
  • Missouri: 10 to 15 business days
  • Montana: 15 to 20 business days; about 8 business days if expedited
  • Nebraska: 15 to 20 business days
  • Nevada: normally 3 to 5 business days
  • New Hampshire: 15 to 20 business days
  • New Jersey: about 2 days
  • New Mexico: 8 to 10 weeks; about 3 to 4 weeks if expedited
  • New York: about 3 days
  • North Carolina: 20 to 25 business days; about a week if expedited
  • North Dakota: 15 to 20 business days
  • Ohio: 10 to 15 business days; about a week if expedited
  • Oklahoma: 3 to 4 business days
  • Oregon: 3 to 4 business days
  • Pennsylvania: 2 to 3 business days
  • Rhode Island: 3 to 4 business days
  • South Carolina: 15 to 20 business days
  • South Dakota: 15 to 20 business days
  • Tennessee: 2 to 3 business days
  • Texas: 3 to 4 business days
  • Utah: 15 to 20 business days
  • Vermont: 15 to 20 business days
  • Virginia: 3 - 5 business days
  • Washington: 7 to 10 business days
  • West Virginia: 15 to 20 business days
  • Wisconsin: 10 to 15 business days; about 3 business days if expedited
  • Wyoming: 15 to 20 business days