Locate the sample form Articles of Incorporation for nonprofit corporations on the secretary of state's website. The form is optional but can be used as a guide to include the basic information needed to draft your own articles.
Prepare the articles by inserting the following minimum information: the corporation's name (section I of the sample) and the name and address of the corporation's resident agent for service of process (section III of the sample). If you intend to apply for tax-exempt status for your corporation or are forming the corporation for a public purpose, you must include a statement in the articles specifying the corporation's specific purpose (section IIB of the sample). Section IIA of the sample sets forth mandatory language required by Corporations Code section 7130(b)(1).
Sign the articles at the bottom of the page, as the incorporator, and print or type your name below your signature. Mail the form to the Secretary of State, Document Filing Support Unit, P.O. Box 944260, Sacramento, CA 94244-2600. As of November 2011, a check in the amount $30 is required for the filing fee. You can personally deliver the articles to the secretary's regional office in Los Angeles or Sacramento; however an additional $15 handling fee will apply.