Stripe Atlas application process

    Learn about the Stripe Atlas application process: the information you'll need to provide, how we use that information, and what happens after you submit your Stripe Atlas form.

    Information you’ll be asked to provide

    We will ask you to provide the following in your Stripe Atlas application:

    1. Information about the company you’re starting
      • Proposed company name (You can check if a name is available on Delaware’s website)
      • A physical business address (does not need to be a U.S. address, but it cannot be a P.O. box, virtual mailbox, or mail forwarding address)
      • A contact phone number
      • The number of shares of stock, or the number of units of ownership, to be authorized (read more about [ownership](/docs/atlas/company-types#structures) considerations here)
      • If you are creating the new company as a subsidiary of an existing company, you’ll need to provide the following information about the existing company:
        • Legal name
        • Entity type (e.g., corporation)
        • Tax ID number
        • A copy of the company’s government-issued registration document (as a PDF, PNG, or JPG)
    2. Your business and its products or services
      • We typically need to review the products or services you’re selling (or planning to sell), how much you charge, and your terms of service, among other things
      • If your website is still a work in progress, not a problem! We may ask for screenshots, wireframes, or a detailed description that clearly outlines your business
    3. About you and your team
      • We need to know a bit about you, anyone who will own more than 25% of the company, and anyone fulfilling primary company roles
      • You’ll need to provide the following for each person listed above:
        • Legal name (i.e. your name on a government ID)
        • Email address
        • Personal address
        • Date of birth
        • Percent of company ownership
        • You may need to provide a picture of a government-issued identification document (in PNG or JPEG format)
    4. Credit card details for the Stripe Atlas one-time fee of $500
      • You will not be charged until after you receive your U.S. Employer Identification Number (EIN)
      • You will not be charged the Stripe Atlas one-time fee if you cancel your application, if we cannot support your business, if you do not sign your company formation documents, or if you do not receive your EIN

    How your information is used

    The information we request in the Stripe Atlas application is used to:

    • Generate the necessary documents to form your company and to obtain a U.S. Employer Identification Number (EIN)
    • Confirm that we can support your business

    The Stripe Atlas Agreement and the Stripe Privacy Policy give more detail about the information we collect and how we use that information.

    Process after application submission

    Once you submit your Stripe Atlas application, we will review to ensure we have all the information we need to form your company and to check that we can support your business. Before sending over your legal documents, we may reach out to you to ask clarifying questions or to request additional details regarding the information provided in your application.

    If we can support your business, we will email you legal documents to sign in order to form your Delaware company and to request your U.S. Employer Identification Number (EIN).

    We’ll send you emails as these steps are completed, and you can also track the progress in your Stripe Dashboard.

    Company documents

    You should expect to receive the legal documents to form your Delaware company within a few days of submitting your application.

    The documents must be electronically signed by every company representative listed on your Stripe Atlas application - your company will not be formed until after this process is complete.

    We recommend working with a lawyer and tax advisor to review these documents. There is no rush in returning them to us, so review them carefully!

    Once your company is formed, your company documents will always be accessible to you in the Company section of your Stripe Dashboard. From time to time you may need to reference or provide these documents to other parties, such as when you apply for a bank account or file your taxes.

    The documents included will depend on whether you are forming a C Corporation or a Limited Liability Company (LLC):

    Documents will include:

    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Bylaws for your corporation
    • Board Approval of Organizational Resolutions
    • IRS form SS-4, to request an EIN for tax-reporting purposes

    Documents will include:

    • Certificate of Formation
    • Operating Agreement
    • Confidential Information and Invention Assignment Agreements (CIIAA)
    • IRS form SS-4, to request an EIN for tax-reporting purposes

    Process after signing your legal documents

    Company formation

    After you and all of your company’s representatives sign your legal documents, the process of forming your Delaware company begins. Formation proceeds differently for a C Corporation versus an LLC.

    Registering your corporation in Delaware generally takes a couple of business days. After your company is formed, you’ll receive an email that includes your Certificate of Incorporation. Note that the original is in electronic format; no hard copies are created.

    We’ll email you with information about issuing stock to founders after your company is incorporated. New corporations can issue stock with standard terms, using our free tool, for up to 90 days after incorporation. If your company is a subsidiary of an existing company, or if you’d prefer to customize the terms, Stripe Atlas also provides templates that you can customize with your lawyer.

    We recommend working with a lawyer to decide whether and how to issue stock to your founders.

    Registering your LLC in Delaware generally takes a couple of business days. After your company is formed, you’ll receive an email that includes your Certificate of Formation. Note that the original Certificate of Formation is in electronic format; no hard copies are created.

    Ownership shares in an LLC are known as “units,” and are distributed to members (who may include founders) by contract in the Operating Agreement when you form the LLC using Stripe Atlas.

    Tax ID

    When your new company’s formation is complete, your company can be registered with the IRS to create a U.S. Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN). As part of forming the company using Stripe Atlas, you’ll complete form SS-4, which will be sent to the IRS to request an EIN for your new company.

    It usually takes up to 2 weeks to receive your EIN; 6-8 weeks (or longer!) to receive it by physical mail. When you have the EIN itself, you can file and pay U.S. federal taxes.

    Next steps

    Now that you’ve learned about the Stripe Atlas application, you might want to read:

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