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Starting a Business in South Carolina

Corporation
Domestic Corporation - Articles of Incorporation (§33-2-102)
This form is used to incorporate your business corporation. A CL-1 Form must also be included with the Articles of Incorporation. You must submit a total payment of $135 to the Secretary of State’s Office.
 
Foreign Corporation - Application for a Certificate of Authority to Transact Business (§33-15-103)
This form is used by a foreign corporation to apply for a Certificate of Authority to transact business in the state of South Carolina. A CL-1 Form must also be included with the Certificate of Authority. You must submit a total payment of $135 to the Secretary of State's Office.
 
Benefit Corporation
Domestic Benefit Corporation - Articles of Incorporation (§33-2-102 and §33-38-200)
This form is used to incorporate a benefit corporation. A CL-1 form must be included with the Articles of Incorporation. You must submit a total payment of $135.00 to the Secretary of State’s Office.
 
This form is used to incorporate a benefit corporation that is also a professional corporation. A CL-1 Form must be included with the Articles of Incorporation. You must submit a total payment of $135.00 to the Secretary of State’s Office.
 
Domestic Benefit Corporation - Articles of Incorporation - Statutory Close Corporation (§§33-2-102, 33-18-103, 33-8-120, and 33-38-200)
This form is used to incorporate a benefit corporation that is also a statutory close corporation. A CL-1 Form must be included with the Articles of Incorporation. You must submit a total payment of $135.00 to the Secretary of State’s Office.
 
Domestic Benefit Corporation - Articles of Incorporation - Professional and Statutory Close Corporation (§§33-2-102, 33-18-103, 33-19-109, 33-38-120, and 33-38-200)
This form is used to incorporate a benefit corporation that is also a professional corporation and a statutory close corporation. A CL-1 Form must be included with the Articles of Incorporation. You must submit a total payment of $135.00 to the Secretary of State’s Office.
 
Domestic Benefit Corporation - Annual Benefit Report (§33-38-500)
This form is used to file the Annual Benefit Report of a benefit corporation as required under §33-38-500. You must submit a total payment of $10.00 to the Secretary of State's Office.
 
Limited Liability Company
Domestic Limited Liability Company - Articles of Organization (§33-44-203)
This form is used to organize the LLC under the laws of South Carolina. You must submit a total payment of $110.00 to the Secretary of State's Office.

Foreign Limited Liability Company - Application for a Certificate of Authority to Transact Business (33-44-1002)
This form is used by a foreign LLC to apply for a Certificate of Authority to transact business in the state of South Carolina. You must submit a total payment of $110.00 to the Secretary of State's Office.

Limited Liability Partnership
Domestic Limited Liability Partnership - Application for Registration (§33-41-1110)
This form is used by the Limited Liability Partnership to register as an Limited Liability Partnership in the state of South Carolina. It is also used to renew the registration of the Limited Liability Partnership. The registration must be renewed on an annual basis. You must submit a total payment of $100.00 to the Secretary of State's Office.

Foreign Limited Liability Partnership - Application for a Certificate of Authority to Transact Business (§33-41-1160)
This form is used by a foreign Limited Liability Partnership to apply for a Certificate of Authority to transact business in the state of South Carolina. It is also used to renew the Certificate of Authority. The Certificate of Authority for a foreign Limited Liability Partnership must be renewed on an annual basis. You must submit a total payment of $100.00 to the Secretary of State's Office.

Limited Partnership
Domestic Limited Partnership - Certificate of Limited Partnership (§33-42-210)
This form is used to apply for a Certificate of Limited Partnership from the Secretary of State. You must submit a total payment of $10.00 to the Secretary of State's Office.

Foreign Limited Partnership - Application for Registration of a Foreign LP (§33-42-1620)
This form is used by a foreign Limited Partnership to apply for registration to transact business in the state of South Carolina. You must submit a total payment of $10.00 to the Secretary of State's Office.

Nonprofit Corporation
Domestic Nonprofit Corporation - Articles of Incorporation (§33-31-202)
This form is used to incorporate the nonprofit corporation. If the organization is a Political Association, you are required to submit a CL-1 Form with an additional $25 fee. You must submit a total payment of $25.00 to the Secretary of State's Office.

Foreign Nonprofit Corporation - Application for a Certificate of Authority to Transact Business (§33-31-1503)
This form is used by a foreign corporation to apply for a Certificate of Authority to transact business in the state of South Carolina. You must submit a total payment of $10.00 to the Secretary of State's Office.
 
 
501(c)(3) Attachment
This form must be attached to the Articles of Incorporation if the nonprofit corporation is going to apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS.
Miscellaneous
Articles of Incorporation - Professional Corporation (§§33-2-102 and 33-19-109)
This form is used to incorporate your entity as a professional corporation.  A CL-1 Form must also be included with the Articles of Incorporation.  You may submit a total payment of $135 to the Secretary of State’s Office.
 
Articles of Incorporation - Statutory Close Corporation (§§33-2-102 and 33-18-103) 
This form is used to incorporate your entity as a statutory close corporation.  A CL-1 Form must also be included with the Articles of Incorporation.  You may submit a total payment of $135 to the Secretary of State’s Office.
 
Articles of Incorporation - Professional and Statutory Close Corporation (§§33-2-102, 33-18-103, and 33-19-109)
This form is used to incorporate a corporation that is both a professional corporation and a statutory close corporation.  A CL-1 Form must be included with the Articles of Incorporation. You must submit a total payment of $135.00 to the Secretary of State’s Office.
 
Military Corporation - Articles of Incorporation for a Military Corporation (§25-1-120)
This form is used by Military corporations that organize under S.C. Code of Laws Section 25-1-120.
 
This form is used by an entity which has either received consent from another entity to use an indistinguishable name or has a court order to use the indistinguishable name. You must submit a total payment of $10.00 to the Secretary of State's Office.
 
This form is used to file the Annual Benefit Report of a benefit corporation as required under §33-38-500. You must submit a total payment of $10.00 to the Secretary of State's Office.