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

Detailed Lessons:

5. EIN Number
6. Annual Report
7. Licenses and Permits ← you are here
8. Taxes

 

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Idaho LLC formation: $100
Idaho LLC annual report: $0

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After you form your Idaho LLC, you’ll need to comply with state and local government (county and/or city) license and permit requirements.

Your requirements are determined by the industry you are in and where your business is located.

Not complying with license and permit requirements is risky and can result in penalties and fines, or worse, not being able to conduct business in Idaho.

Types of licenses & permits you may need in Idaho

Below are some license and permits examples:

  • Business licenses/tax permits
  • Building permit
  • Health permit
  • Occupational permit
  • Signage permit
  • Alarm permit
  • Zoning permit
  • Alcohol & tobacco permit
  • Liquor license
  • Sales and use tax permit
  • Seller/reseller permit

You may also need to get licenses and permits in the county and/or city where your business is located.

Do it yourself in Idaho

Contact your county or city clerk for more details
Idaho.gov: Idaho Counties
Idaho.gov: City Clerks Offices in Idaho

Idaho Business License Wizard
The Idaho Business Wizard has a great online checklist to help you know what licenses and permits you need for your LLC:
Idaho.gov: Business License Wizard

Idaho Business Help
Idaho.gov: Licenses, Permits and Regulations
Idaho.gov: Assistance resources
Idaho.gov: Helpful links

Professional Licenses and Permits
The state website also contains information on how to renew your licenses, as well as links to the different licensing boards or agencies:
Idaho.gov: Professional license search

Our Recommendation

There are nearly 20,000 licensing and permit jurisdictions in the United States and each has its own rules and regulations.

If you want to save time, we recommend hiring a professional service company (like IncFile) to do the research and prepare your applications.

They will provide you with a comprehensive package of all the licenses, permits and tax registrations required for your Idaho LLC, as well as the necessary application forms.

Next Step

After you’ve researched and obtained the proper licenses and permits for your Idaho LLC, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Idaho LLC Taxes.

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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How to form a US LLC

Non-US residents: If you want to form an LLC in the US, we recommend hiring doola.

doola specializes in forming US LLCs for international entrepreneurs.

They'll form your LLC, open your business bank account, and help with taxes. doola also has excellent customer service.

Hope that helps!

Matt Horwitz founder of LLC University
Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator
LLC University®