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Alaska LLC Business License + Permits
How to form an LLC in Alaska
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Alaska.
Alaska LLC Costs:
Alaska LLC filing fee: $250 (one-time fee)
Alaska LLC initial report fee: $0
Alaska LLC biennial report fee: $100 (every 2 years)
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A mandatory requirement in Alaska: after your LLC is approved, you must obtain a Business License
You need to get your Business License before you conduct any business.
You can obtain your Business License online or by mail.
- Online: $50 fee for immediate approval.
- By mail: $50 fee for 10-15 days approval.
We recommend filing online as it’s much faster and SO much easier.
Instructions for obtaining Business License by mail
Download new application form:
Mail your New Business License Application with your check or money order (for $50, made payable to the “State of Alaska”) to:
Business Licensing Section
State Office Building
333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Detailed instructions are included inside the PDF link above. If you have any questions, you can contact the Business Licensing Department at 907-465-2550.
Instructions for obtaining Business License online
1. Enter the name of your Alaska LLC, including the abbreviation “LLC” or “L.L.C.”
2. Select your Primary Line of Business from the drop down. If you can’t find an exact match to what you do, select the closest option.
3. Select your Primary NAICS Code from the drop down. Again, if you can’t find an exact match to what you do, select the closest option.
Optional: Select your Secondary Line of Business and Secondary NAICS Code (if you are in two industries).
4. Enter your mailing address, physical address (if different than mailing address), and phone number.
5. Under Ownership Type, select “Corporation, LLC, LLP, LP, etc.”
6. Enter your Entity Number and click “Validate”. Your Entity Number can be found by searching for your LLC name here:
Need help?: If you are having trouble locating your Entity Number, call the Corporations Section at 907-465-2550.
7. Enter your full name and then your title. You can use “Member” as your title.
8. Select a one-year ($50) or two-year ($100) purchase and then click “Proceed to Payment”.
9. Enter your billing information, your email address, and then click “Continue” to make payment.
How to obtain a copy of your Business License?
By Mail: File a ‘Request for Duplicate Business License’ and pay a $5 fee. You can download the form here: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/5/pub/bus4080.pdf
Online: Visit the License Search page (https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/cbp/main/search/businesses), search by name or license number. Click the license number to the left of your business name, then click the “Print Business License” link.
When does a Business License expire?
If you get the business license before October 1st, it expires on December 31st of that same year. For example, if license was obtained on September 15th, 2016, it will expire on December 31st, 2016).
If you get the business license after October 1st, it expires on December 31st of the following year. For example, if license was obtained on October 15th, 2016, it will expire on December 31st, 2017).
Renew your Business License
Your Business License must be renewed every 1 or 2 years (depending on your initial application).
The one-year renewal fee is $50. The two-year renewal fee is $100.
You can renew your license by mail or online. It is much easier (and faster) to renew your license online.
Business License exemptions
If you engage in the following businesses, you are not required to obtain an Alaska Business License: fisheries, liquor sales, insurance, mining, or investment club. (source)
Alaska Business Licenses contact information
[email protected] (email)
What other licenses and permits are required?
Besides the primary business license mentioned above (which the State of Alaska offers clear instructions on), you may have additional federal, state, and local government license/permit requirements you must meet.
Unfortunately the instructions and guidance at this point are not as clear as the primary business license above, as your requirements are determined by the industry you are in and where your business is located.
Not complying with license and permit requirements is risky and can result in penalties and fines, or worse, not being allowed to conduct business.
Types of licenses you may need in Alaska
Below are some license and permits examples:
- Seller/reseller permit
- Building permit
- Health permit
- Signage permit
- Home occupation permit
- Zoning and land use permits
- Withholding taxes (if you have employees)
Industries that are more regulated have more requirements.
Do it yourself in Alaska
Below are some resources for determining your additional Alaska license and permit requirements yourself:
Alaska Small Business Assistance Center
Alaska Small Business Development Center
Local Borough Requirements
You’ll need to contact the borough where your LLC is located to obtain the requirements.