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Articles of Organization for LLC

The Articles of Organization is the document that you’ll file with the Secretary of State’s office (or similar division) in the state where you are forming your LLC. Depending on the state, the LLC Articles of Organization may also be called a Certificate of Organization or Certificate of Formation… but they all do the same thing: they register your LLC with the state.

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What is an LLC Certificate of Organization?

A Certificate of Organization for an LLC (Limited Liability Company) is a document that does either one of two things, depending on the state where you are forming your LLC. In most states an LLC Certificate of Organization is a legal certificate from the Secretary of State showing that your LLC was duly formed and is recognized as a legal entity in that state. Usually in these states you file an Articles of Organization (or Certificate of Formation) and the state sends you back a Certificate of Organization.

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Who Can be LLC Members?

When forming an LLC, who can be an LLC Member. An LLC Member is an owner of an LLC. This Quick List explains which type of people and which types of companies can be LLC Members. US citizens, US residents, Non-US citizens, Non-US residents, US immigrants, US foreigners, Other LLCs, Other Corporations (C-Corporations and S-Corporations), Other legal entities (besides LLCs and Corporations), Trusts, Pension Plans, and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) can be LLC Members.

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What is the average cost to set up an LLC?

As of 2017, the average cost to set up an LLC is $133. This is the one-time filing fee that creates the LLC by state law. The LLC Filing Cost Average (Mean) is $133 and the LLC Median Cost is $100 (middle of the bell curve). The map and the table on this page show the LLC costs in all 50 states plus Washington DC. Additional information on registered agent fees, initial filing requirements, and annual report requirements and fees.

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What are the Requirements for Forming an LLC in California?

This article outlines the requirements to forming an LLC in California. You can start a California LLC by filing a form called the “Articles of Organization” (Form LLC-1). This form can only be filed by mail as the California Secretary of State currently does not have an online filing or the ability to file by fax. California is one of the largest states in the US and therefore is also one of the states where the most LLCs are formed. In addition to its sheer size and volume of filings, the California Secretary of State is just slow. It takes 4 to 5 weeks before you receive back a stamped and approved copy of your California Articles of Organization,

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Foreign LLC vs Domestic LLC: What’s the difference?

When most people hear the word “Foreign LLC” they usually think this is an LLC formed outside of the United States. This is not the case. A Foreign LLC still refers to a US company. A Foreign LLC is an LLC that was formed in one state, but is now registering (also referred to as “qualifying”) to do business in a new state. A Domestic LLC is an LLC that was formed in its “home state” and that operates in this state.

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Foreign LLC Registration Fees by State

The table in this article shows Foreign LLC registration fees (“qualification fees”) for all 50 states. The average Foreign LLC registration fee in the US is $186. The names of the forms required to register a Foreign LLC vary widely, but some of the most common names are “Foreign LLC Registration”, “Application for Registration of Foreign LLC”, and “Application for Certificate of Authority”.

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