Kansas 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.
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.
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
- Go to KanAccess: Sign In and click the “Sign Up” button.
- Enter your contact information and create a password. Then click “Sign Up“.
- 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.
- 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“.
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“.
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.
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 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.
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“.
If you are the Organizer for your LLC, electronically sign your name by entering it in the box. Then click “I agree“.
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“.
Click the “Pay by Credit Card” button.
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.
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.
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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Kansas LLC Act: Chapter 17 Article 76
Kansas Business Center: Business Entity Filing
Kansas LLC Act: 17-7673 Articles of Organization
Kansas Secretary of State: Business Entity – FAQ
Kansas LLC Act: 17-7668 Nature of Business Permitted
Kansas Secretary of State: Useful Links – Business Entity
Kansas Secretary of State: Business Services Forms – By Type
Kansas LLC Act: 17-7904 Filings Related to Limited Liability Companies
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.