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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Forming an LLC shouldn't be so complicated. Our step-by-step guide will make the process a breeze – and no complex legal jargon! We teach LLC formation (for free) in all 50 states. We're here to help, so reach out with any questions!
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