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Certificate of Incorporation

The filing with a U.S. state's government (typically the Department of State) to create a corporation. Some states use the term articles of incorporation, and often the term charter refers to this document. Typically includes the number and type of shares of stock which are authorized, the corporation's name, and limitation of liability of corporate directors. Also referred to as a corporate charter.

Additional Comments:

In the U.S.A. a certificate of incorporation is usually used as an alternative description of a corporation's articles of incorporation. The certificate of incorporation or articles of incorporation form a major constituent part of the constitutional documents of the corporation.

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