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Arkansas LLC
Articles of Organization Instructions

How to form an LLC in Arkansas
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Arkansas.

Detailed Lessons:

 

Arkansas LLC costs:
State filing fee: $45 (one-time fee)
Annual fee: $150 (every year)

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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.

Arkansas LLC Secretary of State Business Commercial Services

(Arkansas Secretary of State Business, Commercial Services Building)

You can file your Articles of Organization by mail or online.

When filing by mail, the fee is $50 and approval takes 1-2 weeks. We recommend this option if you are not very “tech-comfortable”. Arkansas’s online filing system can be a little hard to navigate.

When filing online, the fee is $45 and approval takes 2-3 days. We recommend this option if you need your LLC approved fast.

Note: 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, that once approved by the Secretary of State’s office, creates your Arkansas LLC.

You will find instructions below for both filing by mail as well as filing online.

Note: Before proceeding with this lesson, make sure you searched your LLC name and selected your Registered Agent.

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Filing Arkansas Articles of Organization by Mail

Download Arkansas Articles of Organization (Form LL-01):
https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/bcs/LL-01.pdf

1. 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.

2. Principal Address of Business
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)

3. Registered Agent
Enter the name and address of your LLC’s Registered Agent. The address must be a street address located in Arkansas (no PO Boxes are allowed).

4. Management
If your LLC will be manager-managed (as opposed to member-managed), you’ll need to state that your LLC is manager-managed and list the LLC’s managers in #4.

Most people leave #4 blank as most LLCs are member-managed. This means all the LLC owners take part in the day-to-day operations of the business.

Note: If you are not sure if your LLC should be member-managed or manager-managed, please read this article.

5. Sign and Date
Enter the day (ex: “15th”), month, then year. Sign your name and then print your name.

6. Page 2 (Franchise Tax Contact Information)
You need to complete this page in order to receive Annual Franchise Tax reminders each year. Annual Franchise Tax is a requirement in Arkansas and we will discuss this in a later lesson.

Enter your LLC’s name (exactly as entered on page 1), your name, address, phone, and email. Then sign your name and place the word “Member” on the title line.

Mail Your Articles of Organization to the Secretary of State

Filing Fee: $50

Accepted Forms of Payment: Check or Money Order

Make Payable To: “Arkansas Secretary of State”

Mailing Instructions: Send your $50 filing fee, along with your Articles of Organization to:

Arkansas Secretary of State
Business & Commercial Services Division
1401 W. Capitol Avenue
Suite 250
Little Rock, AR 72201

Wait for Approval: The state will approve your LLC in 1-2 weeks and send back the following by mail: a receipt, a stamped and approved copy of your Articles of Organization, and a Certificate of Approval (which has a state seal and can be used when opening a bank account).

Filing Arkansas Articles of Organization Online

Access the online filing

1. Visit this link: https://www.ark.org/sos/ofs/docs/index.php

2. Look for the list in the middle of the page. Scroll down in the list until you find the blue 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 “Articles of Organization for Domestic LLC – LL-01”.

Filing your Articles of Organization online

1. Filing Act
Select the default LLC code of “1003 of 1993” which your LLC will be organized under.

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.

3. Managers Statement
If your LLC will be manager-managed (as opposed to member-managed), you’ll need to state that your LLC is manager-managed in this box.

Most people leave #4 blank as most LLCs are member-managed. This means all the LLC owners take part in the day-to-day operations of the business.

Note: If you are not sure if your LLC should be member-managed or manager-managed, please read this article.

4. 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 boxes: Entity Name, First Name, Last Name, Phone, and Email.

5. Registered Agent
Enter the name and address of your LLC’s 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.

6. Officers (tip: read this section twice as it can be a little confusing)
In this section you need to list at least one member (or manager) and one organizer, the person filing the documents. There is a good chance that both will be you.

If that’s the case, please repeat the following steps and 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).

If your LLC member(s)/manager(s) are a company, leave the “First Name” and “Last Name” box blank and then enter their Business Name and company 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” (if the manager is only a manager and not a member) or “Managing Member” (if the manager is both a manager and a member).

Save each member/manager:
Once all the member’s/manager’s information above is entered, click the “Save Officer” button.

Add each additional member/manager and click the “Save Officer” button each time, or proceed to the next step if your LLC just has 1 member.

Remember, you’ll need to save yourself twice, once as “Member” and once as the “Incorporator/Organizer”.

7. Submitter Contact Information
Enter your name, address, phone number, and email.

8. Annual Report Contact Information
Enter your name, address, phone number, and email. Then type your full name again in the “Signature Box”.

9. Agreement

Effective Date:
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.

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.

Signature:
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.

10. “Create an Image” page
I know, the language on this page is a little confusing. You don’t need to do anything here except click the “Next” button.

11. 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.

12. Payment Method
Select your method of payment and click “Continue”.

13. Make Payment
Enter your contact and billing information, then click the “Confirm” button to submit your payment.

Congratulations, your Arkansas LLC has been filed for processing! Now you just need to wait for approval.

LLC Approval

When filing by mail: 1-2 weeks
When filing online: 2-3 days

Whether you filed by mail or filed online, you will receive back the following 3 items:

  • Receipt
  • Stamped and approved copy of the Articles of Organization
  • Certificate of Approval (which has a state seal and can be used when opening a 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).

Next Step

Once you file your Articles of Organization, and it is approved by the state, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Operating Agreement.

Arkansas Secretary of State Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the Arkansas Secretary of State:

501-682-3409
[email protected]

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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12 Comments

  1. Mack Maupin December 13, 2017

    My wife skipped a few steps for her business and got a EIN number from the irs before she did the articles of organization thru the state of Arkansas, is this fixable?

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    • Matt Horwitz December 22, 2017

      Hey Mack, the IRS doesn’t check to make sure an LLC is in existence before granting an EIN. So if your wife got an EIN first with the IRS under the name “ABC Trucking LLC” (as an example), and the state also approved the filing of your LLC under the same name, then you’re all good. Nothing you need to do. If the names are different, you can cancel the first EIN (https://www.llcuniversity.com/irs/cancel-ein/) and the apply for a new one. Hope that helps.

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  2. Laguana April 4, 2018

    I just have a small farm and I want to sell a few items in the future at farmers markets and online. I have searched the web in side and out but I am so confused about exactly how to register my farms name without jumping through a million other hoops. We never plan on being a really big farm and/or making the bulk of our profits from the farm sells, but I want to make sure the name we want for our farm is protected and useable. Can I get some advice?

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    • Matt Horwitz April 6, 2018

      Hi Laguana, when you say “register my farm’s name” it sounds like you’re talking about an Application for Fictitious Name, also known as a DBA. You certainly can register a DBA for your farm, but DBAs don’t have any rights to their name. Further, if you just “register a DBA” then the owner of that DBA is you, therefore you’re operating your farm as a Sole Proprietor and have no liability protection (unless you have insurance). While we’re not telling you what to do, I’ll tell you what most farm owners do. They set up a legal entity to separate themselves from the liability of their business. I recommend reading two other articles on our site: Sole Proprietor vs LLC and Do I need to file a DBA. Hope that helps :)

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  3. SARAH April 11, 2018

    If I did my EIN and did not add LLC in the name do I need to create a new EIN with LLC?

    Thanks

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    • Matt Horwitz April 11, 2018

      Hi Sarah, yes, we recommend getting it filed correctly to avoid any issues or confusion later. Just go ahead and get another EIN and then cancel the incorrect EIN. You don’t have to wait for the EIN cancellation to happen before getting a new EIN. Hope that helps.

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  4. Tashina August 27, 2018

    Applied for my articles before reading your website, when I typed in the member part I only added myself once as the organizer and didnt go back and add myself as a member. Can I correct that?

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    • Matt Horwitz October 10, 2018

      Hi Tashina, yes, you can. That form/filing is called a Certificate of Amendment to Articles of Organization. Hope that helps.

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  5. Rhonda March 6, 2019

    Hi we’re buying some property in Arkansas that has rental income on it that we will be renting out, we live in Florida and want to set up an Arkansas LLC, in the application it ask for a business address, would that be the address of the property?

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    • Matt Horwitz April 15, 2019

      Hi Rhonda, we’ve included notes about the “address of principal place of business of the limited liability company” above on this page. It can be any address you’d like. While you could list the address of the property, that’s probably not the best idea in case mail is sent there. You’ll likely want to use your best address in either Arkansas or Florida. Hope that helps.

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  6. Chelsea June 24, 2019

    If I register an LLC with a fictitious name, do I still also have to file for a fictitious name? If so is there an order this must be done in?

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    • Matt Horwitz June 25, 2019

      Hi Chelsea, your first question is not worded properly, since the formation of an LLC and the filing of a Fictitious Name are two separate filings. I recommend checking out does my LLC need a DBA. If you want your LLC to operate under a name other than its true legal name, you would first form an LLC, wait for it to be approved, then file for a Fictitious Name where the LLC is listed as the owner/holder of the Fictitious Name. Hope that helps.

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