Louisiana LLCs in Certain Parishes Must be Formed Online

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Effective January 1st 2018, anyone who wants to form a Louisiana LLC in certain parishes can only do so online (via Geauxbiz). This new rule is part of the Louisiana Secretary of State’s effort to modernize and simplify the filing process to create an LLC in the state.

Specifically, LLCs domiciled in the following parishes must be formed online:

  • Ascension
  • Bossier
  • Caddo
  • Calcasieu
  • East Baton Rouge
  • Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Livingston
  • Orleans
  • Ouachita
  • Rapides
  • St. Tammany
  • Tangipahoa
  • Terrebonne

If you submit your Louisiana LLC Articles of Organization in one of these parishes by mail, the Secretary of State will reject and send back the filing (yes, they’re that strict).

Here’s what a rejection letter from the state looks like:

Louisiana LLC rejection letter from certain Parishes for online filings

How to Determine Where Your Louisiana LLC is Domiciled

Where your Louisiana LLC is domiciled will be determined by the location of its Principal Office Address. This is the address where the LLC’s primary business activities are being conducted and where it keeps its business records.

If your Louisiana LLC’s Domicile/Principal Office Address is located in one of the parishes above, then you are required file the Articles of Organization online.

During the online filing, you’ll see an address field titled “Domicile Address”. Here you’ll enter your LLC’s Principal Office Address.

Your Louisiana LLC’s Principal Office Address can be the same as your other LLC addresses (Mailing Address, Registered Agent Address, and Officer’s Address), but it doesn’t have to be.

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6 comments on “Louisiana LLCs in Certain Parishes Must be Formed Online”

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  1. My domicile address is shown as the address that I wanted to serve as my business address(which happens to be within Covington City limits) –however it’s that way strictly for privacy/getting mail from the Secretary of State, I don’t intend to do any business there.

    Vs. my principal address(where I actually intend to conduct virtual business) is my home address which I found out is right outside of Covington but still within St. Tammany parish. A city hall worker said I may need to update my LLC so that domicile address shows as the same as principal address, is this true? Will I be outside legal compliance and potentially have to pay fines if I don’t change this? I just formed this LLC so I hate to pay fees to have to update it.

    They also suggested that I may be able to simply update it whenever submitting an annual report and that it wouldn’t be necessary or urgent to update it now. Any thoughts?

    • Hi Heather, if I were in this scenario and I wanted privacy, I wouldn’t list my home address in any filings. I’d list the address within Covington City limits as the principal address (aka the domicile address).

      • Hi Matt,

        I definitely agree, it’s just that it’s been implied to me by staff with Planning & Zoning that the domicile address might be required to be the same as the address where one is conducting business (which is my home address) –guess I may need to try and verify this with the parish government. But have heard many resources say that your registered business address, and the address where you actually conduct business do NOT have to be the same. But I didn’t hear too much about the ‘domicile’ address and what THAT is supposed to be specifically.

        • Hi Heather, correct. The Registered Agent address doesn’t have to be the address where you conduct business. And the domicile address is the same thing as the Principal Office Address.

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