Q&A icon

Startup Q&A

Back to questions

How do you find your articles of incorporation?

Vanessa Kruze, CPA, is a leading expert in startup taxes and tax compliance. Her team at Kruze Consulting has filed thousands of tax returns for companies that have raised billions in VC funding, and her work has been diligenced by leading VCs, attorneys, and M&A teams at the largest technology companies.
Vanessa Kruze, a highly-experienced CPA, brings valuable tax expertise to startups, drawing from her rich background at Deloitte Tax and as a financial controller for a $20 million startup. As the leader of Kruze Consulting, recognized multiple times in the Inc 5000 list, she specializes in navigating the complex tax landscape for startups. Her firm is known for delivering precise and strategic tax solutions, delivering tax credits utilizing advanced tools to ensure compliance and optimize tax benefits for startups throughout the United States.

Table of contents

How to find your articles of incorporation

Simple steps to find your articles of incorporation

  1. Know which state your business is incorporated in - if you don’t know for sure, start with Delaware

  2. Visit that state’s Secretary of State or equivalent department - use our list of links below to find the one for your particular state; states make public articles of incorporation!

  3. Use the search box to search for your company’s name - most states do NOT require the exact legal name, but our experience does show that getting the spelling right, in particular for the first several characters, is important in many states

  4. If you find it, pay, or not - some states require you to pay a nominal fee to access the articles of incorporation, but in others it’s free

  5. Repeat - if you don’t get the results you expect, modify the name / spelling and search again; some states also allow for additional search fields like addresses, owner names, etc.

  6. Try another state - and if you can’t get search results on your first state, consider searching other states that you might have used instead

  7. Email your registered agent - if you fail to find your company’s articles of incorporation by directly searching states, try reaching out to your Registered Agent’s help line

Secretary of State Registered agent

Articles of incorporation are one of those pesky files that a startup needs when it opens a bank account, for VC-due diligence, etc. But if you’ve forgotten where you’ve filed them, the good news is that you can search in the state where you incorporated, on the State’s secretary of state website (or whatever the equivalent department is called in that particular state).

Note that some states have slightly different terminology for these documents. In some states, it’s called the articles of incorporation, or a certificate of incorporation, or articles of organization or even a “certificate of formation.” Basically, is the legal document that declares when the corporation was formed.

Articles of Incorporation - Delaware

Most VC-backed startups are Delaware C-Corps, meaning that they’ve incorporated in Delaware. (Read about why VC's strongly prefer Delaware C-Corps).

Unsurprisingly, the state of Delaware has a pretty great search feature on their Division of Corporations website. Just click here to visit Delaware’s Division of Corporations’ website and search for your company’s name. And if you are incorporated in Delaware, might as well check out our Delaware C-Corp tax calendar here and our Delaware Franchise Tax Calculator as well.

List of state websites where you can get your articles of incorporation

While the vast, vast majority of our clients are Delaware C-Corps, we think it would be helpful to provide links to where you can search all states (and DC!) for articles of incorporation.





























New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota





Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota







Washington, D.C.

West Virginia




Startup Accounting


We are the experts at helping seed/VC-backed Delaware C-Corps with their accounting and finances!

Talk to an experienced accountant, not a generic sales person

 Kruze Consulting
Alex Janeck
 Kruze Consulting
Edith Silva
 Kruze Consulting
Randy Hall
Viz AI

$250M+ VC Funding Raised

"I had a great experience working with Kruze Consulting when we raised Series A. They know what VCs need to see, and how to present a startup’s books and finances. If you are going to raise venture capital, you need experts like Kruze."
Chris Mansi

Chris Mansi


Startup Venture Capital Assistance

With former venture capitalists on staff, our team is here to help you navigate the fundraising process and manage your board of directors

 Kruze Consulting
Scott Orn
COO | Former VC
 Kruze Consulting
Healy Jones
VP FP&A | Former VC

Scale Remote Operations & Team

"Kruze has supported us above and beyond basic accounting needs by ensuring we have everything we need to expand and support our team wherever they may be located"
Zack Fisch

Zack Fisch

Head of Operations & Legal

Clients who have worked with Kruze have collectively raised over $15 billion in VC funding.

We set startups up for fundrising success, and know how to work with the top VCs.

 Kruze Consulting
Vanessa Kruze, CPA
Founder & CEO
Kruze Logo

Experienced team helping you

Our account management team is staffed by CPAs and accountants who have, on average, 11 years of experience.

 Kruze Consulting
Bill Hollowsky, CPA
VP of Accounting Services
 Kruze Consulting
Claudine Vantomme, CPA
 Kruze Consulting
Morgan Avery
SUT/R&D Sr. Tax Accountant
 Kruze Consulting
Beth Bassler
Controller, CPA
Protara Therapeutics

Grew from a 2-person startup to a NASDAQ listed public company.

"The Kruze team helped us grow from a 2-person startup to a NASDAQ listed public company in 2 years. We wouldn’t have gotten public without Kruze’s support. Anyone thinking of launching a startup should make Vanessa their first call!"
Jesse Shefferman

Jesse Shefferman


Kruze Logo

Get in Touch

Please help us connect with you

How can we reach you?

Our first response is typically via email, so please check your inbox.

Help us have a productive first consultation by providing some additional information.

What year was your startup incorporated?

What is your stage of funding?

(pick up from the list)

Approximately how much funding have you raised?

(please enter a dollar value such as 5000000)

Help us understand what you are looking for:

(Optional, click the ones you need)

Anything additional that you’d like to share?

Optional - if you’d like to share anything else to help us prepare for our consultation, please let us know. We are also happy to sign an NDA, just let us know.


We are the experts at helping seed/VC-backed Delaware C-Corps with their accounting and finances!

Talk with a real accountant, not a generic salesperson!

 Kruze Consulting
Scott Orn
 Kruze Consulting
Alex Janeck
 Kruze Consulting
Edith Silva

Help us get in touch

Enter your name
Enter Company name
Enter Phone number
Enter Email
Enter Message

Important Tax Dates for Startups

  Talk to a leading startup CPA