LLC Filing Forms (Articles of Organization) by State

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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.

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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 2024):

StateLLC Filing Form(s)LLC Filing FeeInstructions & Download
AlabamaCertificate of Formation, Cover Letter, Name Reservation$200Alabama Certificate of Formation
AlaskaArticles of Organization$250Alaska Articles of Organization
ArizonaArticles of Organization, Cover Sheet, Statutory Agent Acceptance, Membership Attachment$50Arizona Articles of Organization
ArkansasCertificate of Organization$45Arkansas Certificate of Organization
CaliforniaArticles of Organization$70California Articles of Organization
ColoradoArticles of Organization$50Colorado Articles of Organization
ConnecticutCertificate of Organization$120Connecticut Certificate of Organization
DelawareCertificate of Formation, Cover Letter$90Delaware Certificate of Formation
FloridaArticles of Organization$125Florida Articles of Organization
GeorgiaArticles of Organization, Transmittal Form$100Georgia Articles of Organization
HawaiiArticles of Organization$50Hawaii Articles of Organization
IdahoCertificate of Organization$100Idaho Certificate of Organization
IllinoisArticles of Organization$150Illinois Articles of Organization
IndianaArticles of Organization$95Indiana Articles of Organization
IowaCertificate of Organization$50Iowa Certificate of Organization
KansasArticles of Organization$160Kansas Articles of Organization
KentuckyArticles of Organization$40Kentucky Articles of Organization
LouisianaArticles of Organization, Transmittal Information, Initial Report$100Louisiana Articles of Organization
MaineCertificate of Formation$175Maine Certificate of Formation
MarylandArticles of Organization$100Maryland Articles of Organization
MassachusettsCertificate of Organization$500Massachusetts Certificate of Organization
MichiganArticles of Organization$50Michigan Articles of Organization
MinnesotaArticles of Organization$155Minnesota Articles of Organization
MississippiCertificate of Formation$50Mississippi Certificate of Formation
MissouriArticles of Organization$50Missouri Articles of Organization
MontanaArticles of Organization, Cover Letter, Request for Copy$35Montana Articles of Organization
NebraskaCertificate of Organization$100Nebraska Certificate of Organization
NevadaArticles of Organization$425Nevada Articles of Organization
New HampshireCertificate of Formation$100New Hampshire Certificate of Formation
New JerseyPublic Records Filing (becomes Certificate of Formation)$125New Jersey Certificate of Formation
New MexicoArticles of Organization, Document Delivery Instructions$50New Mexico Articles of Organization
New YorkArticles of Organization$200New York Articles of Organization
North CarolinaArticles of Organization, Cover Sheet$125North Carolina Articles of Organization
North DakotaArticles of Organization$135North Dakota Articles of Organization
OhioArticles of Organization$99Ohio Articles of Organization
OklahomaArticles of Organization$100Oklahoma Articles of Organization
OregonArticles of Organization$100Oregon Articles of Organization
PennsylvaniaCertificate of Organization, Docketing Statement$125Pennsylvania Certificate of Organization
Rhode IslandArticles of Organization$150Rhode Island Articles of Organization
South CarolinaArticles of Organization$110South Carolina Articles of Organization
South DakotaArticles of Organization$150South Dakota Articles of Organization
TennesseeArticles of Organization$300Tennessee Articles of Organization
TexasCertificate of Formation, Consent to Serve as Registered Agent$300Texas Certificate of Formation
UtahCertificate of Organization$70Utah Certificate of Organization
VermontArticles of Organization$125Vermont Articles of Organization
VirginiaArticles of Organization, Request for Certified Copy$100Virginia Articles of Organization
WashingtonCertificate of Formation$200Washington Certificate of Formation
Washington DCArticles of Organization$99Washington DC Articles of Organization
West VirginiaArticles of Organization$100West Virginia Articles of Organization
WisconsinArticles of Organization$130Wisconsin Articles of Organization
WyomingArticles of Organization$100Wyoming Articles of Organization

LLC Annual Fees for all 50 States

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

Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz
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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