- A certificate of incorporation must include the company's name. The full name of the company must have the type of business included, such as "enterprise" or "incorporated." The address of the company or its registered agent in the state is needed. The nature of the business and any stock involved must also be stated.
- A certificate of incorporation may include information regarding the actual running of the corporation. It may set out the grounds for a governing board of directors. They may include different voting procedures for the board or stockholders. They could also limit the number of stocks that would be issued at differing points in the future.
- The initial articles of incorporation should include any rules regarding how the corporation may be amended. These rules will have to be followed before any change can be made, such as voting rights or stockholder dividends.