Why obtain a shelf company? The shelf corporation or shelf LLC will provide a marketing advantage for your business. Clients and customers seek stability in their service providers and suppliers. Acquiring a shelf corporation or shelf LLC allows greater access to a client base that’s making a judgment call about you. The product may be top notch and the service outstanding. Certain customers are looking for a lack of negatives rather than a list of positives. This comes from fear of being taken advantage, fear of failure and the seeking of stability in a chaotic world. Because of this purchasing behavior, it may be advisable to acquire a shelf company. A shelf company is a great choice to establish instant credibility.

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What do I tell people if they ask me how long you’ve been in business?

Tell the truth. Let’s say the company was incorporated in 2007. You could easily say that you bought an existing company incorporated in 2007. Be honest and straight forward. It’s fine to say you acquired an existing company and that you recently entered into the local market, or expanded locally.

In what state should the Delaware shelf company be filed?

If acquiring a shelf company, there are a few instances where an aged shelf company from Delaware is best.

How much should you pay for a Delaware shelf company?

The market rate is $1000 for each year that it’s aged. An eight year old shelf company usually retails for $8000. We offer them for $1995. Filing fees also play a large part in the market rate. For example, Nevada shelf companies are more expensive than Delaware or Wyoming, because the filing fees are greater in Nevada. These costs are passed on the business owner acquiring the shelf company. Delaware shelf companies are usually more expensive than shelf companies from Wyoming, since the filing fees are higher in Delaware. The age of the company and the filing fees involved increase risk to the seller. As such, companies that are more expensive to maintain are usually more expensive to buy because the seller must recover years of filing fees.

There isn't much in terms of selection when looking for an aged shelf company from Delaware. What are my options?

Option A

Buy a low cost shelf company from us. You are able to buy a twelve (12) year old shelf company for $2295. It costs $1000 to convert it to a Delaware company. For $3295, you can possess a shelf company continued in Delaware with an age of 12 years. The company will be without transactions, encumbrances, or debt.

Option B

Buy an overpriced shelf company from Delaware. Good luck finding one. The registered agents in Delaware turned coward and they are no longer forming--for the most part. The Secretary of State in DE frowns on shelf companies for reasons that don't make sense at all. The DE SOS refuses to list a registered agent in the DE Registered Agent List that is distributed to those seeking to find an RA.

Why does the Delaware Secretary of State frown on aged shelf companies out of DE?

The DE SOS complains that DE shelf companies are not properly capitalized. But they don’t care, and don’t express interest, if any new DE companies are not property capitalized.

The DE SOS is also reacting to recent public exposure about the improper use of shelf companies. And yet, those same improper uses and appropriate applications, are possible with new companies. Delaware, scared silly that their reputation is at stake, is now moving against shelf companies by disallowing DE registered agents from offering them for sale. The procedure in acquiring a newly filed DE company and an aged shelf company is the same; in terms of collecting the same customer information. There’s no difference at all. Whether a new or aged company, the customer is bound to the same following procedure:

The above information is easily disgorged through a subpoena. As such, the discovery of the beneficial owner is the same with a newly formed company and an aged shelf company.
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Are the fees charged by the DE SOS a determining factor?

The DE SOS charges $500 for a two-hour service, and $250 for pre-clearing a filing. The customer receives much more value in acquiring a pre-filed company. For the same dollars, the company may be one year old. By brow-beating aged shelf companies, registered agents are instead moving their clients to the two-hour filing. Newly formed companies and aged shelf companies offer the same possibilities. They are tools. To talk down ready-made aged DE shelf companies but to approve of a new company from the same state is ridiculous.

It just so happens that DE SOS makes more money on a newly formed DE shelf company that’s filed in two hours($500). And likewise, sellers of ready-made aged DE companies also charge a premium because–well–they are aged. Either way, time presents a premium in fees. DE chooses to whack you with a $500 fee for a two-hour formation–for convenience and expediency. At the same time, they badmouth those who think ahead in simply forming a corporation in advance. After all, a shelf company is simply one that is formed in advance. If those who sell ready-made aged shelf companies are so bad, why does the DE SOS insist on a $500 two hour filing? When asked, they deny the money has anything to do with it. Call them at 302.739.3077.

The icing on the cake? DE SOS is a hypocrite. They charge $500 on one hand for a two hour filing and talk trash about those who sell one year old shelf companies. The DE SOS doesn’t like competition. The DE SOS, as they make that extra $500 filing fee at the customer’s expense, tries to zero out competition by those who file them in advance. How? They refuse to list DE Registered Agents who sell aged shelf companies. Can a registered agent sell aged shelf companies in DE? Yes, but be “delisted” from the “acceptable registered agent” list the DE SOS distributes to the public.

How do you determine that the company is clean from liabilities?
Get it in writing. Ideally, the company should have no assets and no liabilities. Make certain that the provider should have plenty of shelf companies to keep them honest. Think twice before buying a shelf company from someone who is not in the business of selling them.
When is it a bad idea to acquire a Delaware Aged Shelf Company?

Delaware isn’t a bad choice. It’s just not the best choice. Your business goals should determine everything else. Step aside from the “one-size-fits-all” point of view as Delaware the default choice. Why not ask, “What state best serves my interests? Why not make the best choice that fits my business needs instead of the most popular choice? Does an annual $300 DE state fee serve my interests?”

If you’re seeking to build business credit, an aged shelf company from Montana or New Mexico is a much better choice than an aged shelf company from Delaware. Instead of paying the $300 annual fee in DE, Montana charges $30 per year. New Mexico has no annual report and charges nothing.

From 2006 through 2010, there were a number of mortgage and commercial loan defaults involving Delaware companies; corporations and LLCs. The banks got burned as a result of many no-doc loans that went sour. And now, Delaware companies are more scrutinized by banks after years of defaulted loans. Since Montana and New Mexico are not known as states that produce a large number of aged shelf companies, a MT or NM company is better received by the bank for loan consideration.

Delaware remains the best choice if you intend to go public with the company. Otherwise, small business is best served by Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming.

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What's happening with the Delaware Secretary of State and their supposed prohibition on Delaware Shelf Companies?

Delaware doesn’t like shelf companies. In fact, DE has no law on shelf companies and doesn’t even define what is a shelf company. That doesn’t stop the Delaware Secretary of State from prohibiting Delaware registered agents from filing and selling shelf companies.


"Listed Agents may not market 'shell', 'shelf' or 'aged-shelf' companies (or substantially similar products and services) through the registered agents’ website or the website of an affiliate or affiliated party."

Source within Delaware Secretary of State or saved here.


This is downright crazy. A shelf company is simply a company that was filed in advance for the expediency and convenience of the customer. A customer simply looks at the list of available companies, as they would bottles of aged wine, and picks one. Can anyone with common sense prohibit that? During the Soviet era, millions of people were incarcerated and disappeared for “profiteering,” or acting as a capitalist. And now, the DE Secretary of State is prohibiting the formation of shelf companies without a law to back them up. There’s no law on shelf companies. There’s no law that prohibits filing or selling shelf companies! In effect, Delaware is turning their back on the core capitalist principles and the equal application of the law. DE SOS is now making rules that have nothing to do with law. Essentially, Delaware has made a mess out of their reputation by prohibiting a business practice where there are no victims, no complaints, and no problems. Apparently, Delaware is no longer the Capitol of Capitalism. Delaware has increased their fees to boot. It now costs $300 for the annual franchise tax involving a DE company. Today, there are better choices: Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Given the Delaware $500 expedite fee in DE for 2 hour processing, or the $250 to pre-clear a filing, it’s likely that the DE SOS benefits from this prohibition (of forming shelf companies) because they monopolize expediency fees in incorporating. Further, there’s no clear definition of what is a shelf company. There’s no prohibition in federal or state law.
An attorney confided, “that the Division of Corporation is relying on statutory language that ‘The Secretary is authorized to issue such rules and regulations as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the enforcement’ of statutes requiring registered agents. See, e.g., 8 Del. C. sec. 132(g); 6 Del. C. sec. 17-104(j). The issue is whether those statutes extend to prohibiting the sale of aged shelf corporations. I do not believe so, as the sale of aged shelf corporations is not relevant to fulfilling the statutory requirements to be a registered agent under the statutes.”

8 Del. C. sec. 132(g)

The Secretary is authorized to make a list of registered agents available to the public, and to establish such qualifications and issue such rules and regulations with respect to such listing as the Secretary deems necessary or appropriate.


6 Del. C. sec. 17-104(j)

The Secretary of State is authorized to make a list of registered agents available to the public, and to establish such qualifications and issue such rules and regulations with respect to such listing as the Secretary of State deems necessary or appropriate. – See more at:

So, we called the Delaware Secretary of State to find out more about this. We talked to Vicky at 302.739.3077 extension 4626. After several calls, no one called us back. It seems no one wants to talk about this at all.

For investors, business owners and the like, beware Delaware. The tide is shifting. A major draw of Delaware is the Chancery Court. Investors take solace in their decisions. It adds clarity to the rights of investors. Now that clarity is waning because the Division of Corporations has abandoned the egalitarian principles that made Delaware great.

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What's the difference between the Delaware shelf companies and those of other states?

Delaware LLC Wyoming LLC
Delaware LLC is for big business. The Chancery Court is best for those businesses that are publicly held. Big business.
Wyoming is for small business. Small and privately controlled companies are best served by a Wyoming LLC. Small business.
Delaware Series LLC. Delaware offers the series LLC where you can have an LLC within an LLC. Most attorneys don't know how to use it. Those who know charge $400 per hour or more.
Delaware Series LLC's are complicated and costly to maintain.
Series LLC not offered in Wyoming. The Wyoming LLC filing fees, and lack of a franchise tax, allow for several LLC's to be formed and operated when needed. Low cost, manageability, flexibility, and the focus on small; business make it a good choice. Easy to understand.
Delaware copied from the Wyoming LLC Act.
WYOMING invented the American LLC in 1977, as it was modeled after the 1892 German company law known as Gesellschaft mit beschrnkter Haftung (GmbH). Wyoming offers the best protection of a member's LLC interest.
LLC members are not reported to the Secretary of State. Federal income tax returns disclose LLC members to the IRS. Members are also reported to the bank.
LLC members are not reported to the Secretary of State. Federal income tax returns disclose LLC members to the IRS. Members are also reported to the bank.
Delaware sells more LLC's because they have more incorporators in that state. Delaware is best for large companies where the stock is traded on an exchange.
Wyoming only has about 500,000 in their population and with a handful of incorporators. The state is low key and the residents have a great respect for property rights.
Charging order can work with the Delaware LLC.
Foreclosing on a members LLC interest is prohibited.


Delaware LLC Wyoming LLC
$90 state filing fee, $300 annual franchise tax
$100 state filing fee, $50 annual report.
Delaware franchise tax is $300. Don't forget the Franchise Tax for Delaware LLC's.
Wyoming has no franchise tax.


Delaware LLC Wyoming LLC
Annual Franchise Tax $300 ($100 fee is paid late)
Annual report $560
DELAWARE LLC RENEWAL $300 plus registered agent in DE
WYOMING LLC RENEWAL $60 plus annual registered agent in Wyoming.
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