How to Define an Incorporation Date

by Charlie Gaston; Updated September 26, 2017
People can verify a company's incorporation date.

Corporate status is defined as active or inactive with several key categories used to describe the yearly activity of the corporation. For example, a corporation can have a good standing, which indicates that the corporation has not been terminated. A corporation can also have a canceled status, which indicates a certificate of cancellation has been filed with the courts and the company is no longer active. Other status options include a merged status, indicating that a certificate of merger between one or more entities has been filed with the courts and that a merger has taken place. A converted status indicates that a certificate of conversion has been filed and the corporation exists within another jurisdiction.

Items you will need

  • Company name
  • Internet
Step 1

Define the company's incorporation date. Corporate capital history, according to CCH Intelliconnect, is the year in which a corporation is founded or formed legally.

Step 2

Define the limitations under the law. Incorporation is limited to a public filing in a court of law. It doesn't include any activity before this filing date, including meetings to establish the corporation.

Step 3

Use the incorporation date to establish a corporate timeline. Graph record changes, including name changes, stock-pricing information, dividends, stock splits and reverse stock splits, to establish a time line for a public corporation. Stock holders and consumers can measure structural changes based on when an event or change occurred in relation to the incorporation date.


  • Incorporation date is written as the month, day and year of formation.


  • An incorporation date cannot be changed. Mergers and conversions may occur, but the date of formation remains the same.

About the Author

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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