The Fastest States to Form a Company In

Sometimes speed matters. If that’s the case for you and your business, you’ll want to know how long it’s going to take the state to file and form your business entity once you’ve submitted your articles of incorporation. 

HourglassOn the chart below, you’ll find which states are the fastest (hello Alaska, Colorado, Missouri, Oregon, and Indiana), which states are notoriously slow (we’re looking at you Alabama, Maryland, and New Mexico), and just how much you’ll need to pay to speed up the process. While it’s typically best to incorporate in your home state even if it’s slow, sometimes people have business deals that can’t wait. Should you happen to live in a slow state and have a deal at your doorstep that needs to be done with today, many people form a company in a fast state to close a deal and get their company capitalized and then just register that company in their home state if needed. Though this scenario isn’t perfect, it’s better than not collecting the money you need to get your business off the ground. Take a look: 

State

Wait time for standard* filing times

Cost and wait time with expedite fee (all fees are in addition to standard state filing fees)

Alabama

6 months

10 to 14 days with a $100 expedite fee

Alaska

1 day

No expedite fee required

Arizona

4 weeks

3 to 5 days; $35 expedite fee

Arkansas

1 to 2 days

No expedite fee required

California

3 weeks

$475 for 1 to 3 day expedite fee; $75 for 1 week expedite fee

Colorado

1 day

No expedite fee required

Connecticut

12 to 15 days

$50 for 24hr filing

District of Columbia

10 days

$100 for 2 day expedite fee

Delaware

3 weeks

$75 for 1 week expedite fee

Florida

2 days

No expedite option

Georgia

5 to 12 days

$100 for 24 hour expedite fee; $200 for same day expedite fee

Hawaii

1 to 2 weeks

$25 for 1 to 3 day expedite fee

Iowa

3 days

No expedite fee option

Idaho

4 to 5 days

$20 for 1 day expedite fee

Illinois

2 weeks

$110 for one day filing

Indiana

1 day

No expedite option

Kansas

2 to 3 days

No expedite option

Kentucky

3 to 5 days

No expedite option

Louisiana

1 week

$30 for 2 day expedite fee

Massachusetts

1 to 2 days

No expedite option

Maryland

2 months

$50 for 10 business day expedite fee; $150 for 1 day expedite fee

Maine

2 weeks

$50 for 2 day expedite fee

Michigan

5 to 10 days

$100 for 1 day filing fee

Minnesota

3 days

No expedite option

Missouri

1 day

No expedite option

Mississippi

10 to 12 days

$50 for 1 day expedite option

Montana

10 to 15 days

$20 for 1 day expedite fee; $100 for 1 hour expedite fee

North Carolina

5 to 7 days

$150 for 24 hour expedite fee

North Dakota

30 days

No expedite option

Nebraska

3 to 5 days

No expedite option

New Hampshire

10 to 14 days

No expedite option

New Jersey

4 weeks

$15 for 2 to 3 day expedite fee

New Mexico

3 months

$150 for 5 day expedite fee; $350 for 2 day expedite fee

Nevada

1 business day

No expedite option

New York

3 to 4 weeks

$75 for 2 day; $125 for same day; $200 for 1 hour

Ohio

1 week

$150 for 2 day expedite fee

Oklahoma

7 to 10 days

$40 for 5 to 7 day expedite fee

Oregon

1 day

No expedite option

Pennsylvania

7 days

No expedite option

Rhode Island

1 to 6 days

No expedite option

South Carolina

7 to 10 days

No expedite option

South Dakota

2 to 3 weeks

$110 for 3 to 5 day expedite fee

Tennessee

2 to 4 days

No expedite option

Texas

2 days

No expedite option

Utah

2 weeks

$75 for 2 day expedite fee

Virginia

Same day

No expedite option

Vermont

5 to 7 days

No expedite option

Washington

2 months

$20 for 1 to 2 day expedite fee

Wisconsin

4 to 7 days

$75 for 2 day expedite fee

West Virginia

1 day

No expedite option

Wyoming

3 to 5 days

$55 for 3 day expedite fee

 

*Standard filing times are measured by online filings or fax filings, depending upon which filing methods the state offers.

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About the Author

Drake Forester-HeadshotDrake Forester is the chief legal strategist at Northwest Registered Agent, LLC. He specializes in translating business compliance, registered agent, and tax complexities into language you can understand.