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Last updated September 15, 2021

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How long does it take to get an LLC?

How long it takes to get an LLC depends on:

  • the state where you form your LLC
  • whether you form it online or by mail, and
  • whether you choose an expedited option (if they’re available for your state)

State-specific LLC approval times:


LLC Processing Times

What is LLC processing time?

This is the time it takes for your state to review your LLC filing and enter it in their system. The specific time frame varies widely by state. But as a general rule, processing time begins once they receive your documents.

It doesn’t include the time it takes for the documents to get to them, or the time it takes for them to send the approved LLC documents back to you.

LLC Approval Times

What is LLC approval time?

This is the total turnaround time to get your LLC approved from start to finish. It includes the processing time plus any transit time to and from the state.

LLC approval time for mail filings

How long does it take to get an LLCLLC approval time (mail) = transit time to the state + processing time + transit time back to you.

Total approval time for LLC mail filings includes:

  • the transit time for your document to get to the state,
  • the time it takes for the state to review your filing, and
  • the transit time for the state to send you back your LLC approval.

The mail transit time usually takes one week each way. And processing time varies by state.

For example: If your state’s processing time is currently 2 weeks, your total approval time would be about 4 weeks.

LLC approval time for online filings

In most states, online filings are much faster than mail filings.

This is because you submit the filing online and the state returns your approval online. You can download your documents as soon as they’re approved, so there is no extra mail transit time.

In most states, LLCs filed online are approved within a week. However, some states have immediate approvals and other states can take several weeks.

Can I expedite my LLC?

Yes, in most states you can pay extra to have your LLC approved faster. Typical expedited fees range from $25 to $100.

However, about 20 states don’t offer expedited LLC filings. That means in these states, there isn’t a way to speed up your LLC’s approval time.

What’s the fastest way to get an LLC?

The fastest way to get an LLC is usually to file online and select an expedited option if available. It just depends on what the state offers.

Having said that, if your state has a very fast approval time, you don’t need to pay anything extra for an expedited filing.

How much does an LLC cost?

LLC costs vary by state and are between $40 and $500. Please see how much does an LLC cost for details.

What are the 6 steps to starting an LLC?

These are the general steps to starting an LLC:

  1. Search your LLC name
  2. Choose your Registered Agent
  3. File Articles of Organization with the state
  4. Sign your LLC Operating Agreement
  5. Get an EIN for your LLC
  6. Open an LLC bank account

If you’re ready to start your LLC, you can follow our step-by-step How to start an LLC lessons.

Should I hire an LLC filing service?

Hiring an LLC filing service isn’t going to get your LLC approved any faster. Filing companies still have to wait for the state to approve your LLC.

However, the benefit of hiring a filing company isn’t to reduce LLC approval time. It’s to have someone else take care of the paperwork for you (and make sure it’s filed correctly).

If you want to hire someone to form your LLC, we recommend Northwest Registered Agent ($39 + state fees).

Northwest Registered Agent has been in business for over 20 years and they have the best customer support.

Our favorite thing about Northwest is that you can use their address throughout your LLC filing. This can provide you with additional privacy by keeping your address off public records. No other filing company offers this.

For more information, check out our Northwest Registered Agent review.

Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Matt Horwitz has been the leading expert on LLC education for the past decade. He founded LLC University in 2010 after realizing people needed simple and actionable instructions to start an LLC that other companies weren't offering. He's cited by Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the US Chamber of Commerce, and was featured by CNBC and InventRight.
Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree in business from Drexel University with a concentration in business law. He performs extensive research and analysis to convert state laws into simple instructions anyone can follow to form their LLC - all for free! Read more about Matt Horwitz and LLC University.

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