LLC Filing Forms by State

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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:

StateLLC Filing FormFile OnlineLLC Filing FeeInstructions & Download
AlabamaCertificate of Formation, Cover Letter, Name ReservationNo online filing$183Alabama LLC instructions
AlaskaArticles of OrganizationAK online filing$250Alaska LLC instructions
ArizonaArticles of Organization, Cover Sheet, Statutory Agent Acceptance, Membership AttachmentAZ online filing$50Arizona LLC instructions
ArkansasArticles of OrganizationAR online filing$50Arkansas LLC instructions
CaliforniaArticles of OrganizationCA online filing$70California LLC instructions
ColoradoArticles of Organization, Additional Members (if 2 or more members)CO online filing$50Colorado LLC instructions
ConnecticutCertificate of OrganizationCT online filing$160Connecticut LLC instructions
DelawareCertificate of Formation, Cover LetterNo online filing$90Delaware LLC instructions
FloridaArticles of OrganizationFL online filing$125Florida LLC instructions
GeorgiaArticles of Organization, Transmittal FormGA online filing$100Georgia LLC instructions
HawaiiArticles of OrganizationHI online filing$50Hawaii LLC instructions
IdahoCertificate of OrganizationNo online filing$100Idaho LLC instructions
IllinoisArticles of OrganizationIL online filing$150 (used to be $500)Illinois LLC instructions
IndianaArticles of OrganizationIN online filing$90Indiana LLC instructions
IowaCertificate of OrganizationIA online filing$50Iowa LLC instructions
KansasArticles of OrganizationKS online filing$165Kansas LLC instructions
KentuckyArticles of OrganizationKY online filing$40Kentucky LLC instructions
LouisianaArticles of Organization, Transmittal Information, Initial ReportLA online filing$100Louisiana LLC instructions
MaineCertificate of FormationNo online filing$175Maine LLC instructions
MarylandArticles of OrganizationMD online filing$100Maryland LLC instructions
MassachusettsCertificate of OrganizationMA online filing$500Massachusetts LLC instructions
MichiganArticles of OrganizationMI online filing$50Michigan LLC instructions
MinnesotaArticles of OrganizationMN online filing$160Minnesota LLC instructions
MississippiCertificate of FormationMS online filing$50Mississippi LLC instructions
MissouriArticles of OrganizationMO online filing$105Missouri LLC instructions
MontanaArticles of Organization, Cover Letter, Request for CopyMT online filing$70Montana LLC instructions
NebraskaCertificate of OrganizationNE online filing$105Nebraska LLC Instructions
NevadaArticles of OrganizationNV online filing$425Nevada LLC Instructions
New HampshireCertificate of FormationNH online filing$100New Hampshire LLC Instructions
New JerseyPublic Records Filing (becomes Certificate of Formation)NJ online filing$125New Jersey LLC Instructions
New MexicoArticles of Organization, Document Delivery InstructionsNM online filing$50New Mexico LLC instructions
New YorkArticles of OrganizationNY online filing$200New York LLC instructions
North CarolinaArticles of Organization, Cover SheetNC online filing$125North Carolina LLC instructions
North DakotaArticles of OrganizationNo online filing$135North Dakota LLC instructions
OhioArticles of OrganizationOH online filing$99Ohio LLC instructions
OklahomaArticles of OrganizationOK online filing$100Oklahoma LLC instructions
OregonArticles of OrganizationOR online filing$100Oregon LLC instructions
PennsylvaniaCertificate of Organization, Docketing StatementPA online filing$125Pennsylvania LLC instructions
Rhode IslandArticles of OrganizationRI online filing$150Rhode Island LLC instructions
South CarolinaArticles of OrganizationSC online filing$110South Carolina LLC instructions
South DakotaArticles of OrganizationSD online filing$150South Dakota LLC instructions
TennesseeArticles of OrganizationTN online filing$300Tennessee LLC instructions
TexasCertificate of Formation, Consent to Serve as Registered AgentTX online filing$300Texas LLC instructions
UtahCertificate of OrganizationUT online filing$70
VermontArticles of OrganizationVT online filing$125Vermont LLC instructions
VirginiaArticles of Organization, Request for Certified CopyVA online filing$100Virginia LLC instructions
WashingtonCertificate of FormationWA online filing$200Washington LLC instructions
Washington DCArticles of OrganizationDC online filing$220Washington DC LLC instructions
West VirginiaArticles of OrganizationWV online filing$100
WisconsinArticles of OrganizationWI online filing$130
WyomingArticles of OrganizationWY online filing$100Wyoming LLC instructions

LLC Annual Fees for all 50 States

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

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