How to Incorporate in Alaska

Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
—Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing

PO Box 110806
333 Willoughby Avenue – 9th Floor
Juneau, AK 99811-0806

907.465.2550 telephone
907.465.2974 facsimile

Statutory Authority: Alaska Corporations Code — Alaska Stat. § 10-06 (2012)

Alaska Incorporation General Filing Instructions

1. Confirm availability of company name and reserve if necessary.
2. Complete the “Articles of Incorporation.”
3. Complete the “Contact Information Sheet.”
4. Complete the “Credit Card Payment Form” if paying by credit card.
5. Prepare a Letter of Transmittal.
6. Submit the completed documents, a photocopy of each, and filing fees to the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development.

Alaska Articles of Incorporation

The following information is legally necessary and sufficient to form a for-profit corporation in Alaska:

1. Company name
2. Business purpose and NAICS code
3. Registered agent name and address
4. Name and address of each alien affiliate
5. Number, class, and par value of authorized shares
6. Signature and printed name of each incorporator
7. Date

Alaska Incorporation Fee Schedule

Name Reservation Application: $25.00
Articles of Incorporation: $250.00
Certificate of Authority: $350.00
Certified Copy: $5.00
Initial Report: No fee
Biennial Report: $100.00
Business License $50.00
Certificate of Election to Dissolve: $10.00
Articles of Dissolution: $15.00

Company Name

Your company name must end with a corporate designator. In Alaska the specific corporate designators are: “Company” “Corporation” “Incorporated” “Limited” “Co.” “Corp.” “Inc.” “Ltd.”

Conduct an entity name search on the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development website to confirm the availability of your company name.

If the name you want is available you can reserve it for 120 days by filing a “Name Reservation Application” and paying a name reservation fee of $25.00. NOTE: Reserving your company name is optional.

Registered agent

The registered agent maintains a physical presence in the state to accept service of process, annual report notices, and other communications directed to the company and to forward the same to the company to which the service, notice, or communication is directed.

Alaska requires that every business entity have and maintain a registered agent in the state. The registered agent may be either an Alaska resident or active Alaska business entity that has an Alaska street address and consents to accept legal papers on your company’s behalf. Post office boxes and commercial personal mailboxes are not acceptable.

NOTE: Your company should not serve as its own registered agent. You can, however, personally serve as registered agent provided you are an Alaska resident and have an Alaska street address.

Optional provisions

The state provided forms ask for and specify what is legally sufficient and necessary to form an Alaska corporation. Nevertheless, Alaska permits you to add other provisions to your Articles of Incorporation as an attachment.

The most common optional provisions are the following:

☐ Terms and qualifications of directors
☐ Terms and qualifications of officers
☐ Indemnification of directors
☐ Indemnification of officers
☐ Powers, rights, and responsibilities of shareholders
☐ Powers, rights and responsibilities of directors
☐ Powers, rights, and responsibilities of officers
☐ Designation of different classes of stock
☐ Preemptive rights
☐ Cumulative voting rights
☐ Close corporation election

Post formation and ongoing compliance

1. Draft and adopt bylaws.
2. Hold initial organizational meeting.
3. Obtain a federal employer identification number by completing IRS Form SS-4.
4. If electing S corporation status complete IRS Form 2553.
5. Open company bank account.
6. Create and maintain company records book.
7. Hold annual meetings.
8. Apply for an Alaska state business license.
9. File an Initial Report.
10. File a Biennial Report.
11. Renew your Alaska state business license biennially.

Registering as a Foreign Entity

1. Complete the “Certificate of Authority.”
2. Submit the completed document, along with the $350.00 filing fee, to the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Dissolving an Alaska Corporation

1. Make sure your corporation has no current biennial reports due and that the signatures of all officers/directors/shareholders are up to date in the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.
2. Complete the “Certificate of Election To Dissolve.”
3. Submit the completed document, along with the $10.00 filing fee, to the State of Alaska, Corporations Division.
4. Complete the “Articles of Dissolution.”
5. Submit the completed document, along with the $15.00 filing fee, to the State of Alaska, Corporations Division.

How to Incorporate in Alaska
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