Washington Corporation

Washington Corporation Filing

Incorporate your business online with Corporate Filing Solutions for a Washington Corporation. Read on to learn more about a incorporating a business in Washington (WA).

What is a Washington Corporation?

A Corporation is (historically) the most popular form of a legal entity in the United States. Recently however, limited liability companies (LLCs) have become the prevailing choice of entity formation. Corporations provide a ‘corporate veil’ to their owners, known as stockholders (or shareholders), which shields them from the liabilities and obligations of the corporation.

How to Incorporate a Business in Washington (WA):

To form a corporation in the State of Washington (WA) you will need to file the Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of Washington (WA) along with the required registration fee. The Articles of Incorporation must contain:

-The name of the corporation
-The principal address of business
-The purpose of the corporation
-The number and classes of authorized shares of stock
-The name and address of the Registered Agent
-The names of the incorporator(s)

S Corporations:

S corporations are recognized by the State of Washington (WA). There is no additional State specific form for Washington (WA) S corporations.

Washington Corporation Name:

Your corporation’s name must end in one of the following (or an abbreviation): Incorporated, corporation, Company, Limited.

Corporate Filing Solutions will conduct a preliminary name search to determine the availability of your desired corporation’s name. If you fail to include an ending in your application Corporate Filing Solutions will add “Inc.” when preparing and filing your incorporation documents.


The name(s), address(es) and titles of the director(s) and officer(s) are an optional provision in the Washington (WA) Articles of Incorporation. However as many licenses, banks and other services will require the information, it is advised that you include the information in your Articles of Incorporation.

Washington Corporation Effective Date:

There is a provision in the Washington (WA) Articles of Incorporation, which allows you to specify when you desire your businesses incorporation to become effective. It may either be upon acceptance by the Secretary of State’s office or on a specified date up to 90 days after the Articles of Incorporation have been accepted.

Filing Fees:

The filing fee for incorporating a business in Washington (WA) is $180.00. Online filings are an additional $20.00.

Federal Beneficial Ownership Information Report Filing:

Starting January 1, 2024, most newly-formed corporations are required to file a Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) report with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) following company formation.

On your report, you’ll need to disclose some basic details about your company and those with the most control over your corporation’s profits and operations. There’s no fee to file, and your information does not go on the public record. Save yourself from the additional paperwork with our $9 BOI report filing service.

Washington Corporation Registered Agent Information:

The Washington (WA) Secretary of State requires all corporations operating within Washington to have a designated registered agent at all times. The registered agent may be any individual or business with a physical Washington (WA) mailing address.

Corporate Filing Solutions provides affordable professional Registered Agent services in Washington (WA) as well as the other 49 United States and Washington, D.C. Our Registered Agent services cost $95 per year.

Our legal name and address in Washington (WA) are:

Corporate Filing Solutions, LLC
3400 Capital Blvd., SE Suite 101
Tumwater, WA 98501

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