Delaware LLC

How to Form an LLC in Delaware

How to Form an LLC in DelawareA Delaware Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a legal structure used to protect your personal assets (home, car, bank account) in the event your business is sued.

An LLC can be used to operate a business, or an LLC can be used to hold assets (such as real estate, vehicles, boats, or aircraft).

Important: If you don’t live in, or do business in Delaware, please read why you shouldn’t form an LLC in Delaware.

Forming an LLC in Delaware is simple. Search your Delaware LLC name in the state database and select your Registered Agent.

File your Delaware Certificate of Formation ($90) by mail or by fax (there is no online filing). Approval time is 1-3 weeks, unless you pay a $50 expedited fee for same-day processing.

After your Delaware LLC is approved, complete your Operating Agreement and get a Federal Tax ID Number (also known as an EIN) from the IRS.

Then make sure to pay your Delaware Annual Franchise Tax ($300) every year to keep your LLC in compliance.

We’ve created a free course that will walk you through forming your own Delaware LLC step-by-step.

On desktop, the lessons are listed on your right. On mobile, the lessons are listed at the bottom of the page.

Need to save time? Have a professional LLC service file for you:
IncFile ($49 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)
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1 Comment

  1. Henry Young December 14, 2017

    Thank you for the comments regarding Delaware’s LLCs. I am starting a small independent solar brokerage firm in Massachusetts. I seek out principally rural properties suitable for large solar facility installations and link owners of these properties with solar developers. Your detailed commentary on Delaware requirements have steered be back to my home state with considerable savings in time and money.

    Thank You,

    Hank Young


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