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:
- East Baton Rouge
- St. Tammany
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:
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.