Corporate Bylaws Requirements by State

For a business to be incorporated, it has to have articles of incorporation – a document filed with the secretary of state which effectively gives “birth” to the corporation.  In addition, many states also require corporations to have bylaws – a document describing how the corporation is organized and operated.  Bylaws are not required to be filed in any state.  However, a corporation may be required under state law to create and maintain bylaws in their corporate files.  Even if your state does not require corporations to have bylaws, it is often a good idea to have them to prevent future disputes and misunderstandings among the owners of the business.  Below is a list of bylaw requirements by state.

Corporate Bylaws Required

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Mississippi
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Oregon
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wyoming

Corporate Bylaws NOT Required

Alaska
California
Colorado
Kansas
Louisiana
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nevada
North Dakota
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Utah
Wisconsin