Last updated October 12, 2020

LLC Filing Forms by State

Note: If you’re still learning about what an LLC is and the benefits, please refer to these articles: what is an LLC and LLC asset protection.

Below is a list of the documents to form an LLC in all 50 states. The most common name is Articles of Organization, but the forms are also known as Certificate of Formation and Certificate of Organization.

Once approved by the state, these documents are what “officially” forms your LLC and allows you to conduct business.

You’ll notice there is an additional column in the table for secondary forms. Some states require you to file two forms to form your LLC.

Take Georgia for example; they require you to file an Articles of Organization as well as a Transmittal Form.

Or Louisiana, which requires 3 forms; Articles of Organization, Transmittal Information, and Initial Report.

Submitting your LLC Formation Documents to the state is not the only step needed to create your LLC. There are more steps and legal requirements in each state, that if not met, can result in the state shutting down your LLC.

Please refer to our 50 State LLC Guides for more details and step-by-step instructions for each state.

Or if you want to save time, you can have a professional LLC service file for you: Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)

“What’s the best state to form an LLC?”

In order to avoid having to register a Foreign LLC and pay 2 state filing fees, it’s best to form your LLC where you are doing business, which is most likely your home state.

If you are forming an LLC for real estate investing, it’s best to setup your LLC in the state where your property is located.

Please don’t be mislead by the hype. If you don’t live in these states (Delaware, Wyoming, Nevada), don’t form your LLC there. We have a full video you can watch on this here: best state to form an LLC.

LLC Filing Documents for all 50 States

Here are the LLC forms for each state:

Important: Although you will see the same name of forms repeat themselves, remember that each state has their own version and will not accept another state’s form.

​The LLC filing fee is a one-time payment which is made to the state in order to create your LLC. This payment is usually made to the Secretary of State’s Office, but is not always the case, depending on what state you’re forming your LLC in.

LLC filing forms & fees (as of 2020):

State LLC Filing Form LLC Filing Fee Instructions & Download
Alabama Certificate of Formation, Cover Letter, Name Reservation $183 Alabama LLC instructions
Alaska Articles of Organization $250 Alaska LLC instructions
Arizona Articles of Organization, Cover Sheet, Statutory Agent Acceptance, Membership Attachment $50 Arizona LLC instructions
Arkansas Articles of Organization $45 Arkansas LLC instructions
California Articles of Organization $70 California LLC instructions
Colorado Articles of Organization, Additional Members (if 2 or more members) $50 Colorado LLC instructions
Connecticut Certificate of Organization $120 Connecticut LLC instructions
Delaware Certificate of Formation, Cover Letter $90 Delaware LLC instructions
Florida Articles of Organization $125 Florida LLC instructions
Georgia Articles of Organization, Transmittal Form $100 Georgia LLC instructions
Hawaii Articles of Organization $50 Hawaii LLC instructions
Idaho Certificate of Organization $100 Idaho LLC instructions
Illinois Articles of Organization $150 Illinois LLC instructions
Indiana Articles of Organization $95 Indiana LLC instructions
Iowa Certificate of Organization $50 Iowa LLC instructions
Kansas Articles of Organization $160 Kansas LLC instructions
Kentucky Articles of Organization $40 Kentucky LLC instructions
Louisiana Articles of Organization, Transmittal Information, Initial Report $100 Louisiana LLC instructions
Maine Certificate of Formation $175 Maine LLC instructions
Maryland Articles of Organization $100 Maryland LLC instructions
Massachusetts Certificate of Organization $500 Massachusetts LLC instructions
Michigan Articles of Organization $50 Michigan LLC instructions
Minnesota Articles of Organization $155 Minnesota LLC instructions
Mississippi Certificate of Formation $50 Mississippi LLC instructions
Missouri Articles of Organization $50 Missouri LLC instructions
Montana Articles of Organization, Cover Letter, Request for Copy $70 Montana LLC instructions
Nebraska Certificate of Organization $105 Nebraska LLC Instructions
Nevada Articles of Organization $425 Nevada LLC Instructions
New Hampshire Certificate of Formation $100 New Hampshire LLC Instructions
New Jersey Public Records Filing (becomes Certificate of Formation) $125 New Jersey LLC Instructions
New Mexico Articles of Organization, Document Delivery Instructions $50 New Mexico LLC instructions
New York Articles of Organization $200 New York LLC instructions
North Carolina Articles of Organization, Cover Sheet $125 North Carolina LLC instructions
North Dakota Articles of Organization $135 North Dakota LLC instructions
Ohio Articles of Organization $99 Ohio LLC instructions
Oklahoma Articles of Organization $100 Oklahoma LLC instructions
Oregon Articles of Organization $100 Oregon LLC instructions
Pennsylvania Certificate of Organization, Docketing Statement $125 Pennsylvania LLC instructions
Rhode Island Articles of Organization $150 Rhode Island LLC instructions
South Carolina Articles of Organization $110 South Carolina LLC instructions
South Dakota Articles of Organization $150 South Dakota LLC instructions
Tennessee Articles of Organization $300 Tennessee LLC instructions
Texas Certificate of Formation, Consent to Serve as Registered Agent $300 Texas LLC instructions
Utah Certificate of Organization $70
Vermont Articles of Organization $125 Vermont LLC instructions
Virginia Articles of Organization, Request for Certified Copy $100 Virginia LLC instructions
Washington Certificate of Formation $200 Washington LLC instructions
Washington DC Articles of Organization $220 Washington DC LLC instructions
West Virginia Articles of Organization $100
Wisconsin Articles of Organization $130
Wyoming Articles of Organization $100 Wyoming LLC instructions

LLC Annual Fees for all 50 States

For LLC annual fees, please see here: LLC annual fees by state.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Forming an LLC shouldn't be so complicated. Our step-by-step guide will make the process a breeze – and no complex legal jargon! LLC University® teaches people how to form an LLC for free in all 50 states. We hope you find our free guides and resources helpful in your business journey.

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