Each state has different requirements for forming a corporation. Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you’ll want to understand state requirements for Montana incorporation.

Cost to incorporate in Montana

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the state fees to form a Montana corporation. View our pricing to incorporate as a C corporation or S corporation to plainly see:

  • BizFilings’ package prices. BizFilings offers three incorporation service packages from which you can choose.
  • State fee for standard turn-around. Our pricing clearly shows the state fee to incorporate in Montana with standard turn-around.
  • Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
  • Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Incorporation.
Incorporate in Montana


Corporate Name

The name must contain the word "Corporation," "Company," "Incorporated," "Limited" or an abbreviation thereof. The name must be distinguishable from that of any corporation authorized to transact business in the state, a reserved or registered name, any assumed business name, limited partnership name, limited liability company name, trademark or service mark.

Director information

The following are Montana’s requirements for directors of corporations:

  • Minimum number. Corporations must have one or more directors.
  • Residence requirements. Montana does not have a provision specifying where directors must reside.
  • Age requirements. Montana does not have age requirements.
  • Inclusion in the Articles of Incorporation. Director names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.

Requirements for the Articles of Incorporation

The document required to form a corporation in Montana is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Montana's requirements include:

  • Officers. Officer names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.
  • Stock. Authorized shares and par value must be listed in the Articles of Incorporation. An increase in the number of shares or par value can affect initial filing fees.
  • Registered agent. Corporations must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in Montana. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
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Professional services businesses

Montana allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional corporation (PC).

After forming a corporation, you must undertake certain steps on an ongoing basis to keep your business in compliance. These steps are also important in preserving the limited liability a corporation provides its owners. This guide outlines the ongoing requirements for Montana corporations.

Corporate records

Montana corporations must keep the following items with their corporate records at the principal office or at a location from which the records may be recovered in two business days:

  • The Articles of Incorporation and any amendments
  • Bylaws
  • Minutes of director and shareholder meetings
  • A list of names and business addresses of current directors and officers
  • Most recent annual report

Corporate taxes and fees

The following are taxation requirements and ongoing fees for Montana corporations:

  • Annual report. Montana requires corporations to file an annual report between January 1 and April 15. The filing fee is $15.
  • Taxes. For complete details on state taxes for Montana corporations, visit Business Owner's Toolkit or the State of Montana .
  • Federal tax identification number (EIN). An EIN is required for corporations that will have employees. Additionally, most banks require an EIN in order to open a business bank account.
  • State tax identification number. Montana does not require a state tax identification number.

Business licenses

Business licenses and/or permits are required for most businesses. The BizFilings Business License Application Package can help you stay on top of these requirements.

S corporation election

Montana recognizes the federal S corporation election and does not require a state-level S corporation election.

Additional Montana information

View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in Montana:

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