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How to Form an LLC in Minnesota

How to Form an LLC in MinnesotaA Minnesota Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a legal structure used to protect your personal assets (home, car, bank account) in the event your business is sued.

An LLC can be used to operate a business, or an LLC can be used to hold assets (such as real estate, vehicles, boats, or aircraft).

Forming an LLC in Minnesota is simple. Search your Minnesota LLC name in the state database and select your Registered Agent.

File your Articles of Organization with the Minnesota Secretary of State and wait for your LLC to be approved.

You can file your LLC by mail or you can file it online. If you file by mail, the fee is $135 and the approval time is 4-7 business days. If you file online, the fee is $155 and the approval time is immediate.

After your Minnesota LLC is approved, complete your Operating Agreement and get your Federal Tax ID Number (aka EIN) from the IRS.

In order to keep your Minnesota LLC in compliance, you need to file an LLC Annual Renewal each year. The fee is $0.

We’ve created a free course that will walk you through forming your own Minnesota LLC, step-by-step.

On desktop, the lessons are listed on your right. On mobile, the lessons are listed at the bottom of the page.

Need to save time? Hire a professional to form your LLC in Minnesota:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)
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18 Comments

  1. Mike April 11, 2018

    I live in MN but have a few rental properties in WI.

    Can I have a MN LLC and put the WI properties in the MN LLC.

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    • Matt Horwitz April 11, 2018

      Hi Mike, you’re doing business in Wisconsin, so you’ll either need to form the LLC in Wisconsin or form the LLC in Minnesota and then register your Minnesota LLC as a Foreign LLC in Wisconsin. Alternatively, you could form the LLC in Wisconsin, but instead of it being owned by you, the Wisconsin LLC could be owned by a Minnesota LLC or a Wyoming LLC, which is popular among real estate investors looking for better asset protection (namely, charging order protection). Hope that helps.

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      • Mike April 11, 2018

        So if I want to set each of my rentals with there own LLC and I have three properties. I would need 6 llc total. 3 in Wisconsin and 3 in mn claiming the Wisconsin llc’s? Thank you for your time.

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        • Matt Horwitz April 11, 2018

          Hey Mike, you could have them each owned by a separate Minnesota LLC, although it’s more common to have them all owned by 1 parent LLC. In this case, that’d be your parent LLC in Minnesota. So, here’s how that looks. You form the Parent LLC first in Minnesota, which is owned by you. Then you form the Child Wisconsin LLCs. Now many states have a field for Member’s info in the Articles of Organization, but Wisconsin does not. They don’t disclose who LLC Members (owners) are. To make your paper trail better, you can list the LLC Organizer as your Minnesota LLC and then you’d be signing on behalf of the Minnesota LLC. Alternatively, you could personally organize the Wisconsin LLC then sign a Statement of LLC Organizer appointing the Minnesota LLC as Member. And of course the Minnesota LLC would be listed as the Member in the Wisconsin LLC’s Operating Agreement. Hope that helps.

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  2. kate April 25, 2018

    My understanding is that the IRS will consider an LLC wholly owned by a husband and wife, filing joint tax returns, as a disregarded entity for tax purpose. Does MN do the same or does it consider the husband/wife owned LLC to be a multi-member LLC, taxed as a partnership or corporation? Thank you.

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    • Matt Horwitz April 29, 2018

      Hi Kate, because Minnesota is not a community property state, a Multi-Member LLC will be taxed as a Partnership by default by the IRS (unless a C-Corp or S-Corp election is made). We have more info here: husband and wife qualified joint venture LLC.

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  3. Mark Olsen May 15, 2018

    I have a registered LLC in the State of Minnesota. Legal Zoom was and is my registered agent…but their fees are outrageous and I would like to act as my own registered agent as I reside I Minnesota and business address is in Minnesota as well and thus have a place and number where any follow up can be addressed.
    How do I make this happen?

    Thank You

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  4. Julie May 22, 2018

    Hi Mark,

    Your site and mission are wonderful: organized and direct! Thank you!!

    I also love that we can all interact state-specific in these comments.

    My Question:
    I want to start an LLC that will be an online-based business from my home. I want to protect my home address for privacy and security. I saw on the Business Record Details, that anyone can look up, that addresses are visible. Can you advise me?

    Thank you so much.

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    • Julie May 22, 2018

      I was hoping not to use a Registered Agent – it looks like I’ll need to.

      Will that one move solve the disclosing my home address issue?

      Thanks again.

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      • Matt Horwitz May 22, 2018

        Hey Julie! Thanks for the kind words :) And great question. In this case, you’ll want to hire a Registered Agent that will not only serve as your Minnesota LLC’s Registered Agent, but will also let you use their office address throughout your Articles of Organization, such as the Organizer’s address and the Mailing Address. The Registered Agent we recommend for that is Northwest Registered Agent. They’ll serve as your agent and let you use their address for privacy. Any mail that is sent to your LLC, will then be scanned by them and uploaded to your online dashboard. You’ll get access to your online dashboard right after signing up with them. Hope that helps! Let me know if you need anything else.

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        • Julie May 22, 2018

          This is very helpful!

          Thank you for your great service!!

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          • Matt Horwitz May 22, 2018

            You’re very welcome Julie :)

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  5. Todd June 14, 2018

    Hello Matt,
    You have already been very helpful. I was in the process of purchasing a building when I came across the video about putting business property in the name of the LLC instead of me personally. I quickly created a separate LLC for the property and had everything changed BEFORE the purchase was finalized. THANK YOU! Quick question, I am setting up an LLC in Minnesota. This LLC will likely have partners, but it will take a few months to establish the business and obtain partner commitments. I am required to set up the LLC now, but I do not have full commitment from the partners. Can I set the LLC up in my name now and add the partners later?
    Any help is greatly appreciated!
    Thank you!
    Todd

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    • Matt Horwitz June 18, 2018

      Hi Todd, great to hear! You’re very welcome. While yes, you can add LLC Members later, the process is a bit involved. You’ll want to draft a Resolution agreeing to the changes, amend the Operating Agreement, amend the Articles of Organization, and notify the IRS that the LLC will be taxed as a Partnership instead of a Sole Proprietorship. However, in your situation, I’m not sure this is the best setup. You’ll want to speak with a few real estate tax attorneys for additional information, however, it sounds like you’re bringing on what would be Limited Partners who are strictly providing capital. I know Limited Partnerships are used in these scenarios, both for liability reasons and tax reasons. The General Partner can be your LLC (or another LLC you form) and the LPs will be the investors. However, there are likely a few different scenarios regarding which entity owns which entity (if necessary) and which entity holds title to the real property. It’s not a black and white answer and you’ll definitely want to consult a few professionals in your area. Feel free to keep us posted on your findings/decisions as I’m curious what you end up doing. Thanks!

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  6. Sue August 28, 2018

    Hi Matt,

    My husband want to start a handy man construction business himself. As for now it’s only him in the business so how does he go about to start it up? Does he need to get tax license 1st and then the LLC? Help!!!

    Thank you

    Sue

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    • Matt Horwitz October 10, 2018

      Hi Sue, it would be LLC first and then any applicable licenses/permits. This way, the licenses/permits are registered in the name of the LLC and not in your husband’s name. Hope that helps.

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  7. faouez khedhiri October 20, 2018

    Hi Matt,
    I’m a foreigner (Tunisia ) and I plan to start an online business ans sell to the US marketplace. Based on my research, I found the best way is to setup an LLC in the USA. I have never been to the USA but I have a 10 years tourism visa. Can you advise me if I’m doing the right thing or not. I have a family member in Minnesota. Should I setup my LLC there?!. Thank you.

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