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Kansas Articles of Organization

Articles of Organization
In this lesson, we will walk you through filing your Articles of Organization with the state. This is the document that officially forms your Kansas LLC.

You can file your Kansas Articles of Organization by mail or online.

If you file by mail, the state fee is $165 and the approval time is 2-3 business days (plus mail time).

If you file online, the state fee is $160 and filings are approved immediately.

Note: Filing times may take longer due to government delays. For the most up-to-date LLC processing times, check how long does it take to get an LLC in Kansas.

The “LLC filing fee” (the fee to create a Kansas 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 Kansas LLC.

How much is an LLC in Kansas explains all the fees you’ll pay, including the Articles of Organization filing fee.

Kansas LLC Secretary of State Business Filing Center

(Kansas Secretary of State, Business Filing Center Building)

You will find instructions below for both filing by mail and filing online. We recommend filing your Kansas Articles of Organization online as it’s cheaper and the approval time is much faster.

If you want to hire a company to form your LLC instead, check out Best LLC Services in Kansas.

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How to file Kansas Articles of Organization by Mail

Form: Download the Articles of Organization form: Kansas LLC Articles of Organization (DL 51-09).

Payment: Prepare a check or money order for $165, made payable to “Secretary of State”.

Mail: Send your completed Articles of Organization and $165 filing fee to:

Secretary of State
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594

Approval: The Kansas Secretary of State will process and approve your LLC within 2-3 business days (plus mail time). You’ll receive the following documents returned by mail: a Welcome Letter and a Certified Copy of your Articles of Organization.

How to file Kansas Articles of Organization Online

Tip: The state’s online filing system doesn’t have a back button. Make sure any information you enter is correct. If you make an error, you’ll have to start at the beginning again.

Register for KanAccess & get started

  1. Go to KanAccess: Sign In and click the “Sign Up” button.
  2. Enter your contact information and create a password. Then click “Sign Up“.
  3. The state will send you an email with an activation link. Check your email. Then click the activation link. You will be redirected to a KanAccess success page.
  4. Click “the next step” link to proceed.

You can ignore the “Kansas.gov subscriber” check box (unless you have an account already).

Note: If “the next step” link doesn’t appear, click this link: KanAccess Sign-in

You’ll see a drop down menu in the center of the page. Select “Kansas Business Center” and click “Submit“.

Screenshot of the Kansas LLC online filing with an arrow pointing to the Kansas Business Center

Complete your Articles of Organization Online

On the left, click “Kansas Business Entity Formation“.

At the bottom of the page, select “Kansas limited liability company“.

LLC Name

The next page’s layout is a little confusing. The system is asking whether or not you reserved a business name ahead of time (which isn’t required, so don’t worry!).

Most of our readers have not reserved an LLC name ahead of time.

If that’s the case, under the “Name not reserved?” box (on the left), enter your LLC name exactly as you would like it, including your preferred capitalization, as well as the designator “LLC” or “L.L.C.” and then click “Continue“.

Note: You can use a comma in your LLC name or you can leave it out. Ex: “ABC Widgets, LLC” and “ABC Widgets LLC” are both acceptable.

On the next page you should see a message that your name “is available.” Click “Continue” to proceed.

Tip: If you receive a “not available” message or you haven’t read our LLC name lesson, please check out this important information about searching your Kansas LLC name.

If the “not available” message appears, it means your LLC name is not distinguishable or unique enough to be approved. You’ll need to come up with a variation or a new LLC name.

Select a Resident Agent

In the drop down list, choose your LLC’s Resident Agent (aka Registered Agent) type.

If your LLC’s Registered Agent is an individual, select “An individual in Kansas” from the drop down and click “Continue”. Use this option if you, one of your business partners, or a friend or family member will be the Registered Agent. On the next page, enter their first and last name, then click “Continue” again.

If your LLC’s Registered Agent is your LLC itself, select “The business entity you are currently forming” from the drop down and click “Continue”. On the next page, click “Continue” again.

If you hired a Commercial Registered Agent, select “Registered business entity” from the drop down list and click “Continue”. On the next page, enter the exact name of the Commercial Registered Agent you hired, and click “Continue”. Then on the next page, select your Commercial Registered Agent from the list and click “Continue” again.

Tip: If you’re not sure of the full business name of your Commercial Registered Agent, go to this Business Entity Search page, click “Business Entity Database”, then click “By business entity name”. Enter your Commercial Registered Agent’s name in the box and then click “Search”. Use the full name you see under the “name” column.

If you hired Northwest Registered Agent, their official name in Kansas is Northwest Registered Agent LLC.

Registered Office in Kansas

Enter the street address (must be located in Kansas) of your LLC’s Resident Agent and then click “Continue”. PO boxes are not allowed.

Official Mail

Tip: This address will be used by the Kansas Secretary of State to send you reminders about filing deadlines and other state notices. It does not have to be an address in Kansas, and it could be a PO Box.

Select the first option if you want your LLC’s official mail sent to your Registered Agent’s address. This is a good option to choose if the Registered Agent’s address was your address or the address of one of your business partners.

Select the second option if you want your LLC’s official mail sent to an address other than the address of your Registered Agent. Then enter the alternative address on the next page.

Select Organizer

Note: The LLC Organizer is the person, or company, submitting the Articles of Organization to the state. To learn more, check out: LLC Organizer vs LLC Member and Registered Agent vs LLC Organizer.

Select whether your LLC’s Organizer is an individual or a business from the drop down menu, then click “Continue“. If you’re forming your own LLC you should select “Individual.”

On the next page, enter the Organizer’s name and click “Continue“. If you want to add more than one Organizer, you can click “Add Additional.” You are only required to enter one Organizer, though.

When you’re finished, click “Continue” to proceed.

Review, Edit, and Confirm

Click the “Show Preview” button to see the information you entered. Review everything for accuracy and check for typos. If you need to make any changes, click on the information that needs to be updated (it should appear as clickable links). If no changes are needed, click the “Continue” button.

Notification Emails

Enter at least 1 email address. You can enter up to 4 email addresses of those you want to be notified of any notices related to your LLC (you are only required to list 1 email).

Then enter your full name in the “Signature” box and click “I Agree“. Then on the next page, click “Continue to Checkout“.

Signature Page

If you are the Organizer for your LLC, electronically sign your name by entering it in the box. Then click “I agree“.

Additional Information

There is nothing to enter on this page. The state is just letting you know which documents you can save in the next step. Click “Continue to Checkout“.

Shopping Cart

Click the “Pay by Credit Card” button.

Check Out

Enter your contact and billing information on the next page, and submit your filing to the state.

Congratulations, your Kansas LLC has been filed for processing! Now you just need to wait for the Secretary of State to approve your LLC.

Approval

Wait a few minutes for the Kansas Secretary of State to process and approve your LLC. Once approved, the state will email you a Welcome Letter and a Certified Copy of your Articles of Organization.

You’ll use your Certified Copy of your Articles of Organization and your Federal Tax ID Number to open a business bank account for your LLC (we’ll discuss this in a later lesson).

Kansas Secretary of State Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the Kansas Secretary of State at 785-296-4564.

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4 comments on “Kansas Filing Forms”

Disclaimer: Nothing on this page shall be interpreted as legal or tax advice. Rules and regulations vary by location. They also change over time and are specific to your situation. Furthermore, this comment section is provided so people can share their thoughts and experience. Please consult a licensed professional if you have legal or tax questions.

  1. What about when you are looking to withdraw from an LLC that doesn’t have an operating agreement? (We never came to an agreement on an OA but one of the members wants to keep the business name)

    • Hi Rob, we’d recommend speaking to an attorney to properly document the transfer of your LLC membership interest and you withdrawing as a member. Hope that helps.

  2. To add a member to existing LLC in the state of Kansas do I have to file with the state secretaries office or is this just a simple amendment I can do

    • Hi Jason, you don’t have to amend the Articles of Organization with the state, since it doesn’t ask for LLC Member info. However, you would need to amend the Operating Agreement and you may want to create an Assignment of Membership Interest Agreement. You may also need to update the Department of Revenue. And if adding an LLC Member changes the tax classification of the LLC, then the IRS will need to be updated too. Hope that helps.

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