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Once the Articles of Incorporation for the new corporation have been drafted, they must be notarized at a public notary.  This notarization should be accomplished at a notary close to where the company’s headquarters are to be located.

Upon witnessing the founder sign and stamp the Articles of Incorporation, the notary will notarize the Articles and provide the necessary government stamp to allow registration of the new company.  The notary will also provide an official copy of the Articles.  These documents will need to be brought to the Legal Affairs Bureau to complete the establishment process.

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