In this lesson, we will walk you through filing your Articles of Organization with the state. This is the document that officially forms your Arkansas LLC.
You can file your Articles of Organization by mail or online.
When filing by mail, the fee is $50 and approval takes 2-3 weeks (plus mail time).
When filing online, the fee is $45 and approval takes 3-7 business days. We recommend this option if you want your LLC approved quickly.
Note: Filing times may take longer due to government delays. For the most up-to-date LLC processing times, check how long does it take to get an LLC in Arkansas.
The “LLC filing fee” (the fee to create an Arkansas LLC) is the same thing as the “Articles of Organization fee”. The Articles of Organization is the document, which once approved by the Secretary of State’s office, creates your Arkansas Limited Liability Company.
How much is an LLC in Arkansas explains all the fees you’ll pay.
You will find instructions below for both filing by mail as well as filing online. If you want to hire a company to form your LLC instead, check out Best LLC Services in Arkansas for our suggestions.
Note: Before proceeding with this lesson, make sure you searched your Arkansas LLC name to make sure it’s available.
Filing Arkansas Articles of Organization by Mail
Download Arkansas Certificate of Organization:
Arkansas Certificate of Organization: Form LL-01
Note: Arkansas changed the name of this form to “Certificate of Organization” in 2021. But you’ll see it referred to as both the Articles of Organization and the Certificate of Organization. Don’t worry, it’s the same form.
Filing Fee: $50
Accepted Forms of Payment: Check or Money Order
Make Payable To: “Arkansas Secretary of State”
Mailing Instructions: Send your completed Articles of Organization and $50 filing fee to:
Arkansas Secretary of State
Business & Commercial Services Division
1401 W. Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201
Filing Arkansas Articles of Organization Online
Access the online filing
1. Visit the Arkansas Corporations Online Filing System.
2. Look for the box in the middle of the page. Scroll down in the list until you find the section titled “Domestic Limited Liability Company”.
Click “Articles of Organization for Domestic LLC – LL-01” once, and then click the “Choose Filing” button.
3. On the next page, scroll down to the “Domestic LLC” section. Then click the “Start Form” button directly below “Certificate of Organization for Domestic LLC – LL-01”.
Note: Arkansas refers to this form as both the Articles of Organization and the Certificate of Organization. That’s why there’s one name on the first screen, and a different name on the second screen. Don’t worry, as long as it says “LL-01” you have the correct form selected.
Filing your Arkansas Certificate of Organization online
1. Filing Act
You don’t need to do anything for this item, it is automatically completed. The default is Act “1041 of 2021”, which is the correct Arkansas LLC Act.
2. Company Name
Enter your LLC name exactly as you would like it, including your preferred capitalization, as well as the designator “LLC” or “L.L.C.” (the abbreviation “LLC” is the most common).
Note: You can use a comma or you can leave it out. (Example: “ABC Widgets, LLC” and “ABC Widgets LLC” are both acceptable). For more information on the comma in your LLC name, watch this video.
Tip: You can click the “Search for Similar Names” link next to this name box to check for business name availability. The search results open in a new window. If the message says “No results found!” your name should be available to use.
3. Principal Information
Enter an address for your LLC’s Principal Place of Business. Don’t let the name scare you. It’s just a street address for your LLC.
- You can’t use a PO Box address
- This address doesn’t have to be where actual business activities are taking place
- Any address where you can get mail will be okay to use
- The address can be in Arkansas, but it doesn’t have to be
- The address can be in another state
- The address can be a home address, an office address, or the address of your LLC’s Registered Agent (if they allow it)
You can ignore the following fields: Entity Name, First Name, Last Name, Phone, and Email.
4. Registered Agent
- What’s a Registered Agent? This person or company will accept service (delivery) of legal documents on your LLC’s behalf.
- Related article: Is a Registered Agent a Member of an LLC?
Enter the name and address of your LLC’s Arkansas Registered Agent. The address must be a street address located in Arkansas (no PO Boxes are allowed).
If your Registered Agent is an individual, leave the “Business Name” box blank and put their name in the “First Name” and “Last Name” boxes.
If your Registered Agent is a company, leave the “First Name” and “Last Name” boxes blank and put their company name in the “Business Name” box.
In this section you need to list at least one Member (or Manager) and one Organizer.
If you own the LLC and are filing this form yourself, you will be both a Member and an Organizer. In that case, please repeat the following steps to add yourself twice. The first time you add yourself, choose “Member” in the “Title” drop down list. The second time you add yourself, choose “Incorporator/Organizer” in the “Title” drop down list.
Name and Address:
If your LLC Member(s)/Manager(s) are individuals, leave the “Business Name” box blank and then enter their name(s) and address(es).
Note: Make sure to enter their full name, including middle name (or N/A if no middle name). This information gets sent to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration for tax records, so you must provide first, middle and last names.
If your LLC Member(s)/Manager(s) are a company, leave the “First Name” and “Last Name” box blank and then enter their company name and address.
What Title to use when adding people?
If your LLC is Member-managed, in the “Title” drop down list, select “Member”.
If your LLC is Manager-managed, in the “Title” drop down list, select “Manager”.
Note: If you are not sure if your LLC should be Member-managed or Manager-managed, read Member-managed vs Manager-managed LLC.
Save each Member/Manager/Organizer:
Once the Member’s/Manager’s information is entered, click the “Save Officer” button.
Add each additional Member/Manager and click the “Save Officer” button each time.
Remember, if you’re forming your own LLC you’ll need to save yourself twice, once as “Member” and once as the “Incorporator/Organizer”.
6. Submitter Contact Information
Enter your name, address, phone number, and email.
7. Annual Franchise Tax Report Contact Information
Enter your name, address, phone number, and email. Then type your full name again in the “Signature Box”.
This information is forwarded to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. They will then send your LLC’s Annual Franchise Tax Report information to remind you to file the required forms.
Most people choose today’s date in the “Effective Date” box to have their LLC officially formed on the date it’s filed with the state.
If you need to forward date your filing, you can do so up to 90 days.
Pro tip: If you’re forming your LLC in October, November, or December, and you don’t need your business open those months, forward date your filing to January 1st. This will save you the hassle of doing unnecessary taxes. For more information, please see LLC effective date.
Check off the box agreeing to the terms, and then type your full name in the “Signature” box. Then click the “Submit” button to proceed.
9. Document upload page
This page allows you to upload additional documents that would be attached to your Certificate of Organization. Most LLC filers don’t upload anything.
If your business attorney instructed you to upload additional articles, this is where you would do that.
If you don’t need to upload anything, just click the “Next” button to continue.
10. Review Page
Review all of the information you entered and check for typos.
If you need to change anything, click the “Go Back to Make Changes” link at the top.
If everything looks good, click the “Next” button at the top to proceed.
11. Payment Method
Select your method of payment and click “Continue”.
Most people select “Pay by Credit Card,” which also allows you to pay with a Debit Card. If you select “Pay by eCheck” you will enter your bank routing number and account number for an ACH withdrawal.
12. Make Payment
Enter your contact and billing information, then click the “Confirm” button to submit your payment.
Congratulations, your Arkansas LLC Certificate of Organization has been filed for processing! Now you just need to wait for approval.
Arkansas Limited Liability Company Approval
When filing by mail: 2-3 weeks (plus mail time)
When filing online: 3-7 business days
Whether you filed by mail or filed online, you will receive back the following 3 items:
- Stamped and approved copy of the Certificate of Organization
- Certificate of Approval (which has a state seal and can be used when opening an LLC business bank account)
If you filed by mail, your documents will be returned in the mail.
If you filed online, your documents will be emailed to you (in 2 separate emails).
Note: You don’t need to pay extra for a Certified Copy. You can just use the stamped and approved documents the state sends you (along with your LLC’s Operating Agreements) to work with financial institutions in opening accounts, credit cards, or loans.
Arkansas Secretary of State Contact Info
If you have any questions, you can contact the Arkansas Secretary of State, Division of Business and Commercial Services at 501-682-3409.
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Arkansas Articles of Organization FAQs
How do I setup an Arkansas LLC?
Here are the steps to starting an LLC in Arkansas:
- Choose an LLC name and make sure it’s available
- Choose who will be your Arkansas Registered Agent
- File the Arkansas LLC Articles of Organization
- Complete and sign an Operating Agreement
- Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS
- Research state or local licenses and permit requirements
- Open business bank accounts
LLCs are the most popular business structure for small business owners in Arkansas because of the liability protection (aka personal asset protection).
What are the Articles of Organization for an LLC in Arkansas?
The Arkansas Certificate of Organization (aka Articles of Organization) is a form that tells the Secretary of State important information about your LLC. Once the state approves this formation document, your LLC officially exists.
The Certificate of Organization form asks for your LLC name, business address, Registered Agent, and other information. In Arkansas, some information is sent to another government agency which handles annual business tax filings.
What if I need to open a PLLC?
If you are a licensed professional in Arkansas, you must open a PLLC or PLC instead of a regular LLC.
The Articles of Organization filing process is the same for starting an Arkansas Professional Limited Liability Company or Professional Limited Company, with one extra step:
First, make sure your company (or you, as the individual owner) has obtained the certificate or card from the medical/dental board or other certification/licensing authority in Arkansas.
Then, follow the filing instructions above and use “PLLC” or another approved suffix when naming your company. The Secretary of State will confirm that your company has the appropriate license certificate or card before approving your PLLC.
Do I have to hire a lawyer to start Arkansas LLCs?
No, you don’t have to hire an attorney to file your LLC Certificate of Organization. You’re allowed to file the documents yourself, if you like. You don’t need to be a lawyer to create a legal entity with the state.
Some people choose to hire a professional service (an LLC formation company) to file Articles of Organization instead. We have some recommendations here: Best LLC Service.