Foreign Business Entity Domestications

Domestication is the process by which a foreign corporation, limited liability company or business trust becomes a Virginia corporation, limited liability company or business trust. That is, the business entity ceases to be incorporated, organized or formed under the laws of the foreign jurisdiction and instead becomes incorporated, organized or formed under the laws of Virginia.

You can view additional information on the difference between registering and domesticating a foreign business entity in our frequently asked questions.

Creating Articles of Domestication

The articles must be in the English language, typewritten or legibly printed in black, using the following guidelines:

  • use solid white paper
  • size 8 1/2" x 11"
  • one-sided
  • no visible watermarks or background logos
  • minimum 1.25" top margin and 0.75” all other sides

We have produced guides to help you prepare the articles of domestication. You must prepare your articles as a separate document, using the forms below as a guide only, inserting appropriate information and omitting all inapplicable text (like the header, seal of the Commission, and the italicized portions). NOTE: A marked-up version of this guide will not be accepted.

DESCRIPTION GUIDE FORM
Guide for Articles of Domestication (Foreign limited liability company intending to become a Virginia limited liability company) LLC1077-DOC
LLC1077-PDF
Guide for Articles of Domestication (Foreign nonstock corporation intending to become a Virginia nonstock corporation) SCC898.4-DOC
SCC898.4-PDF


Articles of Organizations, Formation or Trust for the Virginia Entity

Articles of Organization, Incorporation, or Trust for the Virginia business entity must also be prepared as part of the domestication. The forms for these filings can be found below:

FORM TITLE SCC FORM #/FORMAT
Articles of Organization of a Virginia Limited Liability Company LLC1011-DOC
LLC1011-PDF
Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Stock Corporation SCC619-DOC
SCC619-PDF
Articles of Incorporation of a Virginia Nonstock Corporation SCC819-DOC
SCC819-PDF
Articles of Trust of a Domestic Business Trust BTA1212-DOC
BTA1212-PDF


Filing your Domestication

Once you've prepared your Articles of Domestication and the Articles of Organization, Incorporation or Trust for the Virginia entity, it's time to file with the Clerk's Office. 

Filing online is the most efficient way to do business with the Clerk's Office. Visit the Clerk's Information System (CIS) to file articles of entity conversion in real time. You can also view the CIS Help Page for how-to guides, answers to frequently asked questions, and helpful videos.