Domestications

Domestication is the process by which a business entity can change their state of formation.  Virginia allows corporations, limited liability companies and business trusts to change their state of formation by filing articles of domestication.  Domestication can occur both ways if allowed by the other jurisdiction (foreign to Virginia and Virginia to foreign).   

A foreign corporation, limited liability company or business trust can become a Virginia corporation, limited liability company or business trust by filing articles of domestication. 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

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,  A marked-up version of the guide will not be accepted.

DESCRIPTION GUIDE FORM FILING FEE
Guide for Articles of Domestication (Foreign limited liability company intending to become a Virginia limited liability company) LLC1077-DOC
LLC1077-PDF
$100
File Online
Guide for Articles of Domestication (Foreign nonstock corporation intending to become a Virginia nonstock corporation) SCC898.4-DOC
SCC898.4-PDF
$25 + any additional charter fee. Contact Clerk’s Office for assistance.
File Online
Guide for Articles of Domestication (Foreign stock corporation intending to become a Virginia stock corporation) SCC722.5-VA-DOC
SCC722.5-VA-PDF
$25 + any additional charter fee. Contact Clerk’s Office for assistance.
File Online

 

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

A Virginia corporation, limited liability company or business trust can become a foreign corporation, limited liability company or business trust by filing articles of domestication. That is, the business entity ceases to be incorporated, organized or formed under the laws of the Virginia and instead becomes incorporated, organized or formed under the laws of another jurisdiction.

Creating Articles of Domestication

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.  A marked-up version of the guide will not be accepted. $25
File Online
DESCRIPTION GUIDE FORM FILING FEE
Guide for Articles of Domestication (Virginia limited liability company intending to become a foreign limited liability company) LLC1078-DOC
LLC1078-PDF
Guide for Articles of Domestication (Virginia nonstock corporation intending to become a foreign nonstock corporation) SCC898.5-FN-DOC
SCC898.5-FN-PDF
$25 
File Online
Guide for Articles of Domestication (Virginia stock corporation intending to become a foreign stock corporation) SCC722.5-FN-DOC
SCC722.5-FN-PDF
$25 
File Online