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Georgia LLC
Articles of Organization Instructions

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

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Georgia LLC Costs:
Georgia state fee: $100
Annual registration fee: $50 per year

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In this lesson, we will walk you through filing your LLC Articles of Organization and Transmittal Form with the Georgia Secretary of State. These are the documents that officially form your Georgia LLC.

Georgia LLC Secretary of State Corporations Division

(Georgia Secretary of State, Corporations Division Building)


Note: The Articles of Organization used in this video doesn’t match the Articles of Organization download link below. Management can be determined via your Operating Agreement. Duration and Purpose aren’t required. Thank you for your understanding.

Video Transcript:

The following information is provided for educational purposes only and in no way constitutes legal, tax, or financial advice. For legal, tax, or financial advice specific to your business needs, we encourage you to consult with a licensed attorney and/or CPA in your State. The following information is copyright protected. No part of this Lesson may be redistributed, copied, modified or adapted without prior written consent of the author. A Limited Liability Company (abbreviated “LLC”) is a hybrid between a Corporation and a Partnership. An LLC protects your assets in the event of a lawsuit. In order to form your LLC, you must file LLC Formation Documents and pay the State filing fee. Once your documents are approved, your LLC is now in existence and authorized to do business in the State. Before completing your LLC Formation Documents, you need to have 2 things completed. First, make sure you’ve watched the Lesson on researching your LLC’s name. Your desired LLC name must be available for use before you proceed. Second, make sure you’ve watched the Lesson on Registered Agent and that you’ve made your selection. Now, let’s discuss your LLC Formation Documents. The name of the LLC Formation Document for the State of Georgia is called the Articles of Organization and the Transmittal Form. These documents are not complicated and they contain basic information, including listing your Registered Office and Registered Agent. They will also require to list your LLc’s name and the name and address of the LLC member or members. We will walk you through the details of the Articles of Organization and Transmittal Form in just a couple minutes and we’ll make sure that you get it filled out correctly. Once your Articles of Organization and Transmittal Form are complete, you will need to submit them to the State along with the filing fee. You will find the filing fee amount, the accepted forms of payment, and the address where to send your documents to below this video. When submitting your documents to the State, you must send 1 original Articles of Organization, 1 copy of your Articles of Organization, and 1 original Transmittal Form. An original document is 1 that you actually sign. A copy is a duplication of the original document, and it is easiest to make a copy on a copy machine. However, if you don’t have access to a copy machine, you can simply print the form again, then fill it out and sign it. So to repeat, when submitting your documents to the State, you must send 1 original Articles of Organization, 1 copy of the Articles of Organization, and 1 original Transmittal Form. Once you mail the filing fee along with your Articles of Organization and Transmittal Form, the State will review and process your paperwork. If there are any issues with your documents, the State will mail back a letter with instructions on what needs to be corrected. You will have 30 days to make these corrections and return your documents to the State for further processing. If you do not return these documents within 30 days, the State will abandon your filing and keep your filing fee. If there are no issues with your filing, the State will send back approval for your LLC which is called the Certificate of Organization. You’ll receive the certificate within approximately 15-20 business days. Once you receive your Certificate of Organization, your LLC is now a legally formed business in the State of Georgia. The Certificate of Organization will contain your LLC’s Entity Control Number, a number that is unique to your LLC and that you’ll use when filing taxes and dealing with the State. {lease keep a copy of this document with your business records. Do not order your EIN, also known as your Federal Tax ID Number, or start to use your LLC for any business purposes until you have this approval. Once your LLC is formed, paperwork with the State is not over. As part of the ongoing requirements for your LLC, Georgia requires that you pay an Annual Registration Fee. Also, depending on your type of business, you will be required to file State taxes. we discuss these items in Lesson 6 and Lesson 7. We are now ready to fill out the Articles of Organization and the Transmittal Form. You can download these documents below the video. Let’s get started. The 1st document I’m going to discuss is the Articles of Organization. This is a 1-page document that can be filled out on the computer, or it can be printed and filled out by hand. If you fill it out by hand, please use black ink. Make sure to print the document on white paper that is letter-sized (that’s your standard 8-and-a-half-by-11 inches). Also, I have a professional version of Adobe Acrobat. You may just have a simple version called Adobe Reader, and you may not have as much functionality in order to edit and type inside the document as you see here. If that’s the case, simply print out the documents, and then fill them out by hand. Both the Articles of Organization and the Transmittal Form do not need to be notarized. All right, let’s get started. I’ve already pre-filled the documents in order to save time, and I’m using a sample company called “ABC Widgets, LLC”, and we’ll pretend that myself, I’m the Organizer (the person forming the LLC), and I’m also the Member of the LLC. We’ll just call myself “John Doe” for these purposes. At the top of the Articles of Organization, you’re essentially going to list your LLC name twice (it’s a little bit repetitive, but it is required) so, underneath Articles of Organization, you’re going to fill in your LLC name. Make sure to include abbreviation “LLC” or “L.L.C.”. The comma that you see here is optional, so you can include a comma if you like, or you can leave one out if you prefer. Under Article 1, you’re going to list the LLC name again, and they’re going to be identical (these 2 fields). Under Article 2 (“Management”), you’re going to check off the last box which says “Management is by all the members”. Article 3 (“Duration”), you’re going to fill in “Perpetual”. That means that the LLC is in existence until it is dissolved or shut down by the members. Article 4 is pertaining to purpose, and you don’t to add anything here (this is a standard clause). At the bottom of the form, you’re simply going to date, sign, and print your name. You’re going to put the day of the month, then the year, print your name at the bottom, then once you print this form out you’re going to sign right where it says “Signature of Organizer”. Remember to either print this document twice, or fill it out twice because the State requires an original signature and then a copy. Let’s take a look at the Transmittal Form. We’re going to look at 2 examples of the Transmittal Form: one where I’m going to be my own Registered Agent (which is common if you have an address in the State), and one where I’ve hired a Commercial Registered Agent. Again, I filled this document out ahead of time, so let’s run through the different fields. Underneath the 1st section, you’re going to include your email address. Georgia is a pretty modern and up-to-date state, and they do a lot of correspondence via email. Make sure to include your best email address (and one that will last for many years). All right, let’s go down to No. 1: the top field where it says “LLC Name Reservation Number”. You’re going to leave that blank as its not applicable. Here you’re going to list the name of the LLC. It says here “List this exactly as it appears in the Articles of Organization”, so make sure that capitalization and the comma and the way that you’ve listed your designator (whether it’s “LLC” or “L.L.C.”), make sure it’s the same. So this document is going to seem a little bit repetitive for this example because you can see myself (I’m listed in fields 2, 3, 4 and 5). No. 2 is the name, phone number, and address where you’d like this document sent back to. No. 3 is the Principal Office Address of the LLC. This can be an actual business address, or it can be a home address, and you can also see here that the State does say that a PO Box is okay for the Principal Office Address. However, we can’t do that for No. 4 (No. 4 is a Registered Agent) In this case, I’m going to be the Registered Agent for my LLC, so I filled in my name and my information. And No. 5 is the name and address of each Organizer (the person forming the LLC). So I’ve listed myself here and the address as well. If you have 2 organizers, you can fill that out. If you have more than 2 organizers, you can attach an additional sheet (make sure it’s an 8-and-a-half-by-11), and you can just simply list “These are the additional organizers for this LLC”, and include their names and address. So let’s just go back to the top real quick. So No. 2, I want these documents sent back to me, I’m going to put my name, my address, and I’m going put my phone number up here. No. 3 is the Principal Office Address of this LLC. It just so happens to be my home address. No. 4, the name of the LLC’s Registered Agent and the Registered Agent’s Address. Again, in this case, it’s myself and my home address. Only thing different here is you’ll see here that “GA” is automatically filled in, and you have to list the county. No. 5, I’m going to list my name and address again because I’m the one forming the LLC. Under No. 6, you’re going to list the date, you’re going to print your name here, you’re going to check off “Member” at the bottom, and then when you print this format, you’re going to sign on this line here. Let’s take a look at a Transmittal Form if you’re using a Commercial Registered Agent. This form is very similar: we have our email address at the top, the name of the LLC in No. 1, we have my name, and my address and phone number in 2. 3 is the Principal Office Address. Again, just so you know, this can be a home address, it can be a business dress, it can be a post office. The address doesn’t even have to be in Georgia actually. The only address that needs to be in the State of Georgia is No. 4, and in this case, No. 4 is different. We have the name of the LLC’s Registered Agent. In this example, we’re using Northwest Registered Agent, and we have their address in Roswell, Fulton County, and the zip code. No. 5, I have listed my name again and my address. And in No. 6, I’m going to print my name, check this box (“Member”), put the date, and sign on this line. There’s a few little quirks when filling out this document in PDF format. There aren’t individual fields for like, the city , the state, zip etcetera, so when you fill out the field, you want to enter the city and then hold the spacebar to bring it over here, fill that in, hold the spacebar to go over here and fill that in. Other than that, these documents are pretty straightforward. The Articles of Organization is very simple: just list the name twice, Management (“Perpetual”), date, print and sign your name. And then Transmittal Form, you’re just going to fill this out with your basic contact information, and yours may look a little bit different depending on if your principal office address is different than your personal address, and whether or not you’re going to be your own Registered Agent as you can see in this example, or in this example you can see that we’ve used Northwest Registered Agent. 1 question we do get is about the date (if one can forward- or backward-date this document). You cannot forward- or backward-date this document more than 1 week. If it does happen to be the middle of December and you don’t actually need the business up and running in December, we recommend that you wait until January before filing the documents. That way, you don’t have a business that’s open for 15 days during a tax year, and that’ll save you some money and aggravation during tax season. And that wraps up this video. Make sure to send 1 original Articles of Organization, send in a copy of the Articles of Organization, send in 1 original Transmittal Form, and send your filing fee. The filing fee amount, the address where to send these 2, and the forms of payment that are accepted, are all listed below this video. If you have any additional questions while going through, you can also contact the State at the phone number below this video. And that concludes this Lesson.

You can file your Articles of Organization by mail or online. The filing fee in both cases is $100.

Note: The “LLC filing fee” (the fee to create a Georgia 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 Georgia LLC.

When filing by mail, the approval time is 12-15 business days.

When filing online, the approval time is 7 business days.

You will find instructions below for both filing by mail and filing online. We recommend filing your Articles of Organization online as the approval time is quicker and it’s easier to complete.

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

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Filing Georgia Articles of Organization by Mail

When forming your LLC by mail, you need to submit the Articles of Organization as well as a Transmittal Form.

Download Articles of Organization (Form CD030):
Georgia Articles of Organization

Download Transmittal Form (Form 231):
Georgia Transmittal Form

For help filling out the Articles of Organization and Transmittal Form, you can reference our online instructions below as they are very similar.

Note: The Transmittal Form can seem repetitive if you’re the LLC member, the person filing the paperwork, and you’re the LLC’s Registered Agent. If that is the case, you will be repeating your contact information a few times.

Must be sent when filing by mail:
– 2 copies of the Articles of Organization (1 original and 1 copy)
– Transmittal Form
– Filing Fee

Filing Fee: $100

Accepted Forms of Payment: Check or Money Order

If sending a check, the check must have a pre-printed full street address on it. The state does not accept starter or temporary checks.

Made Payable To: “Georgia Secretary of State”

Mailing Instructions: Send your $100 filing fee, 2 copies of your Articles of Organization, and your Transmittal Form to:

Corporations Division
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SE
Suite 313, West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334

Wait for Approval: The state will approve your LLC in 12-15 business days. They’ll send back the following by mail: a receipt, a stamped and approved copy of your Articles of Organization, and a Certificate of Organization (which has a state seal and can be used when opening a bank account).

Filing Georgia Articles of Organization Online

Create an online account:

1. Visit this link: https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/Account

2. Click the “Create a User Account” button.

3. Enter your contact information and email address. Then click “Continue”.

4. Create a User ID, a password, and a security question. Then click “Create My Account”.

Your User ID needs to be at least 8 characters long.

Your password needs to be at least 8 characters long. It must also contain 1 uppercase letter, 1 lowercase letter, 1 number, and 1 special character (ex: $, #, etc.).

5. You will see a confirmation message on the next page displaying your User ID and password. Please print this page or save your login information. Click “Login” to proceed.

Filing your Articles of Organization online:

Click the “Create or Register a Business” button to get started.

1. Create Business
Select “I am creating a new domestic business”.

Then in the “Business Type” drop down list, select “Domestic Limited Liability Company”.

Note: We don’t teach foreign LLC registration (out-of-state LLCs registering in Georgia). If you need to register a foreign LLC in Georgia, the steps will be slightly different.

2. Business 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.

Entering a 2nd choice and 3rd choice name is optional. Fill those in as “backups” in case your desired LLC name is not available.

3. Business Purpose
In this section you have the option to list your business industry or you can choose not to share this information.

To list your business industry, select a “NAICS Code” from the drop down list and then select a “NAICS Sub Code” from the 2nd drop down list.

Note: A NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) Code is used by government agencies to identify your LLC’s line of business and business activities.

If you prefer not to share this information (or aren’t sure), just click the “NAICS Code” drop down list and select “Any legal purpose”.

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4. Principal Office Address
Enter the principal street address of your LLC (PO Boxes are not allowed). The state will use this address to send you normal correspondence (not legal documents). You can use any street address, as long as it is located in Georgia. It can be a home address, an office address, or the address of your Registered Agent.

Click the “Continue” button at the bottom to proceed to the next step.

5. Business Email
Enter your preferred email address (twice). This is where your approval will be sent back to.

I know it’s called “Business Email”, but it doesn’t have to be an actual business email address. You can just use your personal email address.

6. Registered Agent Information

(If you haven’t gone through our Registered Agent lesson yet, please do so before proceeding: Who can be your Georgia LLC’s Registered Agent?)

• If you (or a friend or family member) will be your LLC’s Registered Agent:
Click the “Create Registered Agent” button.

If the button is grayed out, you’ll need to enter your/their name in the “Registered Agent Name” box and click “Search”. You’ll either see a list of similar names or a popup box that says “No data found”. Close whichever box/window appears and now the “Create Registered Agent” button will be clickable.

Okay… now click the “Create Registered Agent” button. Enter your/their contact information and click the “Create Registered Agent” button to save.

• If you hired a Commercial Registered Agent (such as Northwest Registered Agent):
Enter their name in the “Registered Agent Name” box and click the “Search” button.

A popup window will appear. Find your Commercial Registered Agent in the list and click the “Select” circle to the right. Then click the “OK” button at the bottom to save.

Tip: if you see your Commercial Registered Agent listed dozens of times, that’s normal. Just select any one that has the correct address.

7. Organizer Information
The Organizer is the person (or people) submitting the LLC paperwork to the state. This will most likely be you (and any additional LLC members, if applicable).

Enter the 1st Organizer’s contact information and click the “Add” button to save.

Add any additional Organizers (if needed).

8. Optional Provisions
This section is used to add additional rules and regulations to your LLC. This section is not required, and will most likely not apply. If that’s the case, you can leave it blank.

9. Filer’s Certification (Signature)
Check off the box agreeing to the terms.

Then select your “Effective Date“. Most people choose today’s date. This means your LLC will be 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 during 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.

Then enter your full name in the “Authorizer Signature” box. In the “Authorizer Title” drop down list, select “Member” if you own the LLC, or select “Organizer” if you’re filing LLC for someone else.

Click the “Continue” button at the bottom to proceed.

10. Review Page
Review all of the information you entered and check for typos.

If you need to make any changes, click the “Edit Info” or “Back” button.

If everything looks good, click the “Continue” button at the bottom to proceed.

11. Processing Time
In the “Would you like to expedite the filing” drop down list, select your desired processing time.

• Choose “Regular Process” for the standard 7-day processing. The total will be $100.

• Choose “24-48 Hours” for an expedited 2-day processing. The total will be $200.

• Choose “Same Day” for an expedited same-day processing. The total will be $350. Note: for same-day processing, you must file before noon.

Click the “Click to Pay” button to proceed and make payment.

12. Make Payment
Enter your contact and billing information, then click the “Pay With Your Credit Card” button to submit your payment.

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

Georgia LLC Approval

Online: 7 business days
By Mail: 12-15 business days

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

  • Receipt
  • Stamped and approved copy of your Articles of Organization
  • Certificate of Organization (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 as attachments (in 2 separate emails).

Next Step

Once you file your Articles of Organization (and Transmittal Form if filed by mail), and Georgia has approved your LLC, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Operating Agreement.

Georgia Secretary of State Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the Georgia Secretary of State (8am – 5:30pm) at 404-656-2817.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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22 Comments

  1. Mark Arnold October 31, 2017

    Absolutely Awesome website and thanks for all the info!! I did note though your video of the Articles of Organization do not follow the form in your download….one has only one article number the other has several. Which is correct? Thanks

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    • Matt Horwitz October 31, 2017

      Hey Mark, thanks for the kind words! Please follow the written instructions, as they are most accurate. The current download for Articles of Organization is correct. The state updated the form since we recorded the video. We’ll have new instructions coming out soon to get rid of that confusion. Thanks for your comment!

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  2. Jen January 14, 2018

    Thank you so much for all of this helpful information!!!

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    • Matt Horwitz January 15, 2018

      You’re very welcome Jen!! Thanks for your awesome comment! :)

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  3. John January 29, 2018

    Very helpful information. thanks for what you are doing. No one was explaining clearly how to get this process going but your site came in handy.
    john j

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    • Matt Horwitz January 31, 2018

      Hi John, you’re very welcome! Thank you for the nice comment.

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  4. Brittni March 2, 2018

    Hi! If I filed online, do I not need to submit a transmittal form?

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    • Matt Horwitz March 3, 2018

      Hey Brittni, great question. No, when filing a Georgia LLC online, you don’t have to file something called a Transmittal Form. Essentially, when you file your LLC online, the Georgia Secretary of State has rolled the Articles of Organization and Transmittal Form all into the same online filing process. Hope that helps!

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  5. Virginie May 4, 2018

    Great work, very clear and easy to understand!! Very informative regarding the Articles of Organization!! I can’t find, what needs to be done when you have to amend it though! When an organizer leaves, in Georgia, what do I have to do next?

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    • Matt Horwitz May 16, 2018

      Thank you Virginie! You don’t have to amend/change the LLC Organizer, since it’s a one-time role. However, any changes are made via the Georgia LLC Articles of Amendment. Hope that helps.

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  6. Khoa Tran July 17, 2018

    Thank you so much!
    Its was super helpful for me.

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    • Matt Horwitz August 12, 2018

      You’re very welcome Khoa!

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  7. Vijay September 4, 2018

    Extremely useful site. I was creating an LLC for second time but it was good to go through your step by step instructions. Thanks for your help.

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    • Matt Horwitz September 12, 2018

      Hey Vijay, thanks so much! Glad we could help :)

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  8. Bhoom December 13, 2018

    Hi, I see only Article One in Form CD 030 and don’t see other Articles (2-4) in the form. Also, i don’t see a place to list members and their ownership percentages in the same form. I guess the GA state won’t care about them and i will have to list them in operating agreement. Can you please clarify? Thanks!!

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    • Matt Horwitz December 18, 2018

      Hi Bhoom, we added a note below the video to clarify. The Articles of Organization used in this video was before the state came out with their simplified version. Management can be determined via your Operating Agreement. Duration and Purpose aren’t required. Correct, Members and their percentage of ownership are determine in your Georgia LLC Operating Agreement. Thank you for your understanding and hope that helps.

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  9. KRYSTAL GEORGE February 18, 2019

    This information is so detailed. I really appreciate you putting this together. There is not clear information out there for business start up. The information navigation is very user friendly. Thanks again.

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    • Matt Horwitz February 18, 2019

      You’re very welcome Krystal :) Glad to hear we could help. Thanks for the awesome comment!

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  10. Fabienne Schroeder February 21, 2019

    Hello Matt,
    Great video and very well detailed. THANK YOU !!! Will I be denied if I obtained an EIN before filing for an LLC? Or would the state see that I have an EIN and connect it together for an approval?

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    • Matt Horwitz February 21, 2019

      Hi Fabienne, you’re very welcome! No, the state doesn’t look into your EIN. Did you already obtain an EIN? And if so, did you select LLC in the beginning and then enter the full LLC name in the EIN application? If that’s the case, you can go ahead and file your LLC under the same name and you should be good. Hope that helps.

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  11. Alondra M Leary June 27, 2019

    Hello Matt,

    I have searched the web for days with the hopes of finding a template/information about how to add myself to an existing LLC in Georgia… without seeking legal advice from an attorney. I will be part owner of an active commercial hauling LLC in the state of Georgia. Should I list myself as one of the organizers? Will I need to amend the annual registration in order to be added to the LLC. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    • Matt Horwitz July 5, 2019

      Hi Alondra, there is not one form. There are multiple steps. Furthermore, Georgia LLC Members are not listed on the Articles of Organization (so you wouldn’t file an Amendment with the Secretary of State). And an LLC Organizer doesn’t mean you’re an LLC Member. It’s best practice to hire an attorney to properly draft all documents, however, here is the overview:
      • existing Members review the LLC Operating Agreement to check procedures for adding an LLC Member
      • existing Member(s) sign a Resolution stating the decision
      • existing Member(s) prepare an Assignment of Membership Interest Agreement (in order to sell you some of their interest)
      • Operating Agreement is amended
      • if there is a change in tax classification (ex: LLC going from Sole Proprietorship taxation to Partnership taxation), the IRS needs to be notified via Form 8832
      • if applicable, you need to be added as signer on the LLC bank account (must visit branch with all Members present)
      • if applicable, update state Department of Revenue (or equivalent agency)

      Hope that helps!

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