Nebraska LLC Publication Requirement (instructions) | LLC University

Last updated September 30, 2020

Nebraska LLC Newspaper
Publication Requirement

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In this lesson, we will discuss the newspaper publication requirement for a Nebraska LLC.

Section 21-193 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes requires that:

  • your LLC must publish an ad (called a “Notice of Organization”) in a legal newspaper
  • the newspaper ad must run for 3 weeks
  • the newspaper needs to have general circulation
  • the newspaper needs to be located near your LLC’s Designated Office
  • after the 3 weeks, the newspaper will send you Proof of Publication
  • you then must file that with the Secretary of State
  • if you don’t comply, it can be interpreted that, until your LLC publishes, the acts of your LLC may be invalid, and the LLC owners may be exposed to personal liability

Some newspapers use the term “Proof of Publication” and other newspapers use the term “Affidavit of Publication”. They have the same meaning. We’ll be using the term “Proof of Publication”.

Requirements for your LLC Notice of Organization

Note: The term “Notice of Organization” means the same thing as a newspaper ad. We may use these terms interchangeably.

The purpose of the “Notice of Organization” is to inform and notify the public that your LLC has been created in the state of Nebraska.

Your Notice of Organization must include certain information about your LLC, as spelled out in section 21-117 (see ‘b’) of the Nebraska Revised Statutes:

  • the name of your Nebraska LLC
  • the name and street address of your LLC’s Initial Agent for Service of Process (your Nebraska Registered Agent)
  • the street address of your Initial Designated Office (principal place of business)
  • if your company offers professional services (and is forming a professional LLC), you must state the professional services your LLC offers

Example Ad for Notice of Organization

Below are 2 versions of example newspaper ads for your Nebraska LLC’s Notice of Organization.

These meet the statutory requirements of section 21-193, as mentioned above.

Which Example Ad Should I Use?

  • Some newspapers may ask for just the basic information (LLC name, initial designated office, Registered Agent name, and Registered Agent address). If that’s the case, you can use Example Ad #1 (Basic).
  • Other newspapers may ask for more information. In addition to the basic information list above, they will also want to know whether your LLC is Member-managed or Manager-managed and the business purpose of your LLC. If that’s the case, you can use Example Ad #2 (Extended).

Notes:

  • An Initial designated office is a street address in Nebraska where your LLC is located. This can be a home address, a friend or family’s address, an office address, or the address of your Registered Agent.
  • An Initial agent for service of process is the same thing as your LLC Registered Agent; a person or company who agrees to accept legal mail on behalf of your LLC.
  • Your initial designated office and the address of your initial agent for service of process may have a different address, or they can be the same.

Example Ad #1 (Basic):


Notice is hereby given that ABC Widgets, LLC, a Nebraska Limited Liability Company, has been organized under the laws of the state of Nebraska, with its initial designated office at 123 Main Street, Lincoln, NE 68522. The initial agent for service of process of the Company is John Doe, 456 Baker Street, Omaha, NE, 68102.

Example Ad #2 (Extended):


Notice is hereby given that ABC Widgets, LLC, a Nebraska Limited Liability Company, has been organized under the laws of the state of Nebraska, with its initial designated office at 123 Main Street, Lincoln, NE 68522. The initial agent for service of process of the Company is John Doe, 456 Baker Street, Omaha, NE, 68102. The company is member-managed. Nature of the Company is manufacturing.

What’s the cost to publish a Notice of Organization?

Most legal Nebraska newspapers charge “per line”. And prices will vary depending on the newspaper:

  • legal newspapers in larger counties usually charge more; for example, $100 to $250
  • legal newspapers in smaller counties are usually cheaper; for example, $40 to $70

What makes a newspaper a legal newspaper?

As per section 25-523 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes, a newspaper is considered a
legal newspaper (for purposes of publishing legal and official notices) if it meets the conditions below.

The newspaper must:

  • have 300 paid readers (with weekly subscriptions)
  • have its paper published every week of the year (52 straight weeks)
  • have its paper printed in the county where the newspaper’s office is located (not in an outside county)

However, those are the rules; the easiest thing for you to do is simply call the newspaper and ask, as mentioned below.

How do I place my order with the newspaper?

Publishing your Nebraska LLC Notice of Organization in a legal newspaper is a bit of an “old school” process.

Here are the steps:

  1. See the table of newspapers listed below
  2. Find a newspaper that is located in the same city or same county as your LLC (based on your LLC’s Initial Designated Office)
  3. Call and ask if they are a legal newspaper and if they publish LLC notices
  4. If they are a legal newspaper, ask to speak to someone who can help you publish your ad (if not, call another newspaper)
  5. Take out a pen and pad and ask:

a. How should I send you my Notice of Organization ad text? Do you have an email address you’d like me to send it to?

b. Regarding the Proof of Publication, do I need to pay extra for that, or is that included in the price for running the ad?

c. Regarding the Proof of Publication, would you like my address for where to mail it?

d. How do you take payment? Can I pay with a credit card or do you prefer a check?

e. When will I receive my Proof of Publication?

Tip: If you speak to someone who isn’t helpful or friendly, thank them for their time, hang up, then call right back. Hopefully you’ll get someone who is more helpful.

Nebraska LLC Newspapers

Below is a list of newspapers in Nebraska that have general circulation.

Below is a list of newspapers in Nebraska that have general circulation.

There are more than 180 newspapers in this table. By default, you’re seeing 35 at a time.

Desktop: to see more, use the “show entries” drop down (top) or use the “Next” and “Previous” links (bottom).

Mobile: to see more, use the “Next” and “Previous” links (bottom). You can also slide the table left and right with your thumb.

In addition to the table below (which comes from the Nebraska Press Association), they also provide a helpful Newspaper Locator Map, which may be easier to use.

City County Paper Phone Frequency Address
Ainsworth Brown Star-Journal 402-387-2844 Weekly 921 E. 4th
Ainsworth, NE
69210
Albion Boone News 402-395-2115 Weekly 328 W. Church
Albion, NE
68620
Alliance Box Butte Times-Herald 308-762-3060 Daily 114 E. 4th St.
Alliance, NE
69301
Alma Harlan Harlan Co. Journal 308-928-2143 Weekly 711 West Main
Alma, NE
68920
Arapahoe Furnas Public Mirror 308-962-7261 Weekly 420 Nebraska Ave.
Arapahoe, NE
68922
Arlington Washington Citizen 402-426-2121 Weekly Arlington, NE
68002
Arnold Custer Sentinel 308-848-2511 Weekly 113 So. Walnut
Arnold, NE
69120
Arthur Arthur Enterprise 308-764-2402 Weekly 411 Fir Street
Arthur, NE
69121
Ashland Saunders Gazette 402-944-3397 Weekly 1510 Silver
Ashland, NE
68003
Atkinson Holt Graphic 402-925-5411 Weekly 207 E. State St.
Atkinson, NE
68713
Auburn Nemaha Nemaha Co. Herald 402-274-3185 Weekly 830 Central Ave.
Auburn, NE
68305
Aurora Hamilton News-Register 402-694-2131 Weekly 1320 K Street
Aurora, NE
68818
Bassett Rock Rock Co. Leader 402-684-3771 Weekly 118 Clark St.
Bassett, NE
68714
Battle Creek Madison Enterprise 402-675-5333 Weekly 407 S. 2nd St.
Battle Creek, NE
68715
Bayard Morrill Transcript 308-586-1313 Weekly 336 Main St.
Bayard, NE
69334
Beatrice Gage Daily Sun 402-223-5233 Daily 200 N. 7th
Beatrice, NE
68310
Bellevue Sarpy Leader 402-444-1242 Weekly 604 Ft. Crook Rd. N
Bellevue , NE
68005
Benkelman Dundy Post & News-Chronicle 308-423-2337 Weekly 513 Chief
Benkelman, NE
69021
Bertrand Phelps Herald 308-472-3217 Weekly 615 Minor
Bertrand , NE
68927
Blair Washington Washington Co. Enterprise 402-426-2121 Weekly 138 No. 16th St.
Blair, NE
68008
Blair Washington Washington Co. Pilot-Tribune 402-426-2121 Weekly 138 No. 16th St.
Blair, NE
68008
Bloomfield Knox Monitor 402-373-2332 Weekly 110 N. Broadway
Bloomfield, NE
68718
Blue Hill Webster Leader 402-756-2077 Weekly 565 W. Gage St.
P.O. Box 38
Blue Hill, NE
68930
Bridgeport Morrill News-Blade 308-262-0675 Weekly 801 Main
Bridgeport, NE
69336
Broken Bow Custer Custer Co. Chief 308-872-2471 Weekly 305 So. 10th
Broken Bow, NE
68822
Burwell Garfield Tribune 308-346-4504 Weekly 757 H Street
Burwell, NE
68823
Butte Boyd Gazette 402-775-2431 Weekly Butte, NE
68722
Callaway Custer Courier 308-836-2200 Weekly 204 E. Morse
Callaway, NE
68825
Cambridge Furnas Clarion 308-697-3326 Weekly 706 Patterson St.
Cambridge, NE
69022
Central City Merrick Republican-Nonpareil 308-946-3081 Weekly 802 C Ave.
Central City, NE
68826
Chadron Dawes Record 308-432-5511 Weekly 248 West Second
Chadron, NE
69337
Chadron Dawes Eagle 308-432-6303 College 227 Kline
Chadron, NE
69337
Chappell Deuel Register 308-874-2207 Weekly 273 Vincent Ave.
Chappell, NE
69129
Clarkson Colfax Colfax Co. Press 402-892-3544 Weekly 242 Pine
Clarkson, NE
68629
Clearwater-Ewing Antelope Record-News 402-887-4840 Weekly 419 Main St.
Neligh, NE
68756
Coleridge Cedar Blade 402-283-4267 Weekly 107 West Broadway
Coleridge, NE
68727
Columbus Platte Telegram 402-564-2741 Daily 1254 27th Ave.
Columbus, NE
68601
Cozad Dawson Tri-City Tribune 308-784-3644 Weekly 320 W. 8th
Cozad, NE
69130
Crawford Dawes Clipper/Harrison Sun 308-665-2310 Weekly 435 2nd St.
Crawford, NE
69339
Creighton Knox News 402-358-5220 Weekly 816 Main
Creighton, NE
68729
Crete Saline Doane Owl 402-826-8657 College Doane College
Crete, NE
68333
Crete Saline News 402-826-2147 Weekly 1201 Linden Ave.
Crete, NE
68333
Crofton Knox Journal 402-388-4355 Weekly 108 W. Main
Crofton, NE
68730
Curtis Frontier Fontier County Enterprise 308-367-4144 Weekly 208 Center Ave.
Curtis, NE
69025
David City Butler Banner-Press 402-367-3054 Weekly 339 E St.
David City, NE
68632
Deshler Thayer Rustler 402-365-7221 Weekly 704 4th St.
Deshler, NE
68340
Dodge Dodge Criterion 402-693-2415 Weekly 140 Oak St.
Dodge, NE
68633
Doniphan Hall Herald 402-756-2077 Weekly Doniphan, NE
68832
Elgin Antelope Review 402-843-5500 Weekly 116 So. Second St.
Elgin, NE
68636
Elkhorn Douglas Douglas Co. Post-Gazette 402-289-2329 Weekly 117 Hillrise Center
Elkhorn, NE
68022
Elm Creek Buffalo Beacon-Observer 800-323-3929 Weekly 209 N. Tyler
Elm Creek, NE
68836
Elwood Gosper Bulletin 308-785-2251 Weekly 308 Smith
Elwood, NE
68937
Fairbury Jefferson Journal-News 402-729-6141 Weekly 516 5th St.
Fairbury, NE
68352
Falls City Richardson Journal 402-245-2431 Weekly 1810 Harlan St.
Falls City, NE
68355
Franklin Franklin Co. Chronicle 308-425-3481 Weekly 707 15th Ave.
Franklin, NE
68939
Fremont Dodge The Midland 402-721-5480 College Fremont, NE
68025
Fremont Dodge Tribune 402-721-5000 Daily 135 N. Main
Fremont, NE
68025
Friend Saline Sentinel 402-947-2391 Weekly 108 Main
Friend, NE
68359
Fullerton Nance Nance Co. Journal 308-536-3100 Weekly 416 4th St.
Fullerton, NE
68638
Geneva Fillmore Nebraska Signal 402-759-3117 Weekly 131 N. 9th
Geneva, NE
68361
Genoa Nance Leader-Times 402-993-2205 Weekly 524 Willard Ave.
Genoa, NE
68640
Gering Scotts Bluff Courier 308-436-2222 Weekly 1405 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE
69361
Gering Scotts Bluff Citizen 308-633-6397 Weekly 1447 10th St.
Gering, NE
69341
Gibbon Buffalo Reporter 308-647-5158 Weekly 113 C St.
Shelton, NE
68876
Gordon Sheridan Sheridan Co. Journal-Star 308-282-0118 Weekly 210 No. Main St.
Gordon, NE
69343
Gothenburg Dawson Times 308-537-3636 Weekly 406 10th St.
Gothenburg, NE
69138
Grand Island Hall Independent 308-382-1000 Daily 422 West 1st
Grand Island, NE
68801
Grant Perkins Tribune-Sentinel 308-352-4311 Weekly 327 Central
Grant, NE
69140
Greeley Greeley Citizen 308-428-2915 Weekly 207 W. O?Connor
Greeley, NE
68842
Gretna Sarpy Guide & News 402-332-3232 Weekly 620 N. Hwy. 6
Gretna, NE
68028
Gretna Sarpy Breeze 402-444-1242 Weekly 604 Ft. Crook Road
Bellevue , NE
68005
Hartington Cedar Cedar Co. News 402-254-3997 Weekly 102 W. Main
Hartington, NE
68739
Hastings Adams Tribune 402-462-2131 Daily 908 West Second
Hastings, NE
68901
Hastings Adams Collegian 402-461-7399 College 7th & Turner
Hastings, NE
68901
Hayes Center Hayes Times-Republican 308-286-3325 Weekly 607 Tate
Hayes Center, NE
69032
Hebron Thayer Journal-Register 402-768-7214 Weekly 318 Lincoln Ave.
Hebron, NE
68370
Hemingford Box Butte Ledger 308-487-3334 Weekly 714 Box Butte Ave.
Hemingford, NE
69348
Henderson York News 402-723-5861 Weekly 1021 N. Main St.
Henderson, NE
68371
Hickman Lancaster Voice News 402-792-2255 Weekly 108 Locust St.
Hickman, NE
68372
Holdrege Phelps Citizen 308-995-4441 Daily 418 Garfield
Holdrege, NE
68949
Hooper-Scribner Dodge Rustler-Sentinel 402-664-3198 Weekly 310 Depot Rd.
Hooper, NE
68031
Howells Colfax Journal 402-986-1777 Weekly 122 N. Third
Howells, NE
68641
Humboldt Richardson Standard 402-862-2200 Weekly 317 West Square
Humboldt, NE
68376
Humphrey Platte Democrat 402-923-1400 Weekly 310 Main St.
Humphrey, NE
68642
Hyannis Grant Grant Co. News 308-458-2425 Weekly 206 S. Grant Ave.
Hyannis, NE
69350
Imperial Chase Republican 308-882-4453 Weekly 622 Broadway
Imperial, NE
69033
Kearney Buffalo Antelope 308-865-8488 College University of Nebr.-Kearney
Kearney, NE
68845
Kearney Buffalo Hub 308-237-2152 Daily 13 E. 22 St.
Kearney, NE
68847
Kimball Kimball Western Nebr. Observer 308-235-3631 Weekly 118 E. 2nd
Kimball, NE
69145
Laurel Cedar Advocate 402-256-3200 Weekly 106 East Second St.
Laurel, NE
68745
Leigh Colfax World 402-487-2218 Weekly 216 Main St.
Leigh, NE
68643
Lexington Dawson Clipper-Herald 308-324-5511 Weekly 114 W. 5th St.
Lexington, NE
68850
Lincoln Lancaster Journal Star 402-475-4200 Daily 926 P St.
Lincoln, NE
68508
Loup City Sherman Sherman Co. Times 308-745-1260 Weekly 822 ?O? St.
Loup City, NE
68853
Lyons Burt Mirror-Sun 402-687-2616 Weekly 205 N. 2nd St.
Lyons, NE
68038
Madison Madison Star-Mail 402-454-3818 Weekly 211 South Main
Madison, NE
68748
McCook Red Willow Gazette 308-345-4500 Daily West 1st & E
McCook, NE
69001
Milford Seward Times 402-761-2911 Weekly 510 First St.
Milford, NE
68405
Minden Kearney Courier 308-832-2220 Weekly 429 N. Colorado Ave.
Minden, NE
68959
Mitchell Scotts Bluff Index 308-623-1322 Weekly 1448 Center Ave.
Mitchell, NE
69357
Mullen Hooker Hooker Co. Tribune 308-546-2242 Weekly 306 NW 1st St.
Mullen, NE
69152
Nebraska City Otoe News-Press 402-873-3334 Weekly 823 Central
Nebraska City, NE
68410
Neligh Antelope News & Leader 402-887-4840 Weekly 419 Main
Neligh, NE
68756
Nelson Nuckolls Nuckolls Co. Locomotive Gazette 402-225-2301 Weekly 63 East 4th
Nelson, NE
68961
Newman Grove Madison Reporter 402-447-6012 Weekly 509 Hale St.
Newman Grove, NE
68758
Niobrara Knox Tribune 402-857-3737 Weekly 254-4 Park Ave.
Niobrara, NE
68760
Norfolk Madison Daily News 402-371-1020 Daily 525 Norfolk
Norfolk , NE
68701
North Bend Dodge Eagle 402-652-8312 Weekly 730 Main St.
North Bend, NE
68649
North Platte Lincoln Telegraph 308-532-6000 Daily 621 N. Chestnut
North Platte, NE
69101
North Platte Lincoln Bulletin 308-696-0052 Weekly 1300 E. Fourth St.
North Platte, NE
69101
O'Neill Holt Holt Co. Independent 402-336-1220 Weekly 114 North 4th
O?Neill, NE
68763
Oakland Burt Independent 402-685-5624 Weekly 217 N. Oakland Ave.
Oakland, NE
68045
Ogallala Keith Keith Co. News 308-284-4046 Weekly 116 West A
Ogallala, NE
69153
Omaha Douglas World-Herald 402-444-1000 Daily 1314 Douglas St.
Omaha, NE
68102
Omaha Douglas Creightonian 402-280-4059 College Omaha, NE
68101
Omaha Douglas The Gateway 402-554-2471 College MBSC 116
Omaha, NE
68182
Omaha Douglas Daily Record 402-345-1303 Daily 3323 Leavenworth St.
Omaha, NE
68105
Omaha Douglas Catholic Voice 402-558-6611 Weekly 6060 NW Radial Hwy.
Omaha, NE
68104
Omaha Douglas Jewish Press 402-334-6448 Weekly 333 S. 132nd St.
Omaha, NE
68154
Orchard Antelope Orchard News 402-887-4000 Weekly 110 E 4th Street
Neligh, NE
68756
Ord Valley Quiz 308-728-3262 Weekly 305 South 16 St.
Ord, NE
68862
Oshkosh Garden Garden Co. News 308-772-3555 Weekly 204 Main
Oshkosh, NE
69154
Osmond Pierce Republican 402-748-3666 Weekly 312 State St.
Osmond, NE
68765
Oxford Furnas Standard 308-824-3582 Weekly 104 W. S. Railway
Oxford, NE
68967
Palmer Merrick Journal 308-894-3025 Weekly 916 Commercial St.
Palmer, NE
68864
Papillion/LaVista Sarpy Times/Sun 402-444-1242 Weekly 604 Fort Crook Rd. N.
Bellevue , NE
68005
Pawnee City Pawnee Pawnee Republican 402-852-2575 Weekly 600 G St.
Pawnee City, NE
68420
Pender Thurston Times 402-385-3013 Weekly 313 Main
Pender, NE
68047
Peru Nemaha Times College 600 Hoyt Stree
Peru, NE
68421
Petersburg Boone Press 402-386-5384 Weekly 123 Main St.
Petersburg, NE
68652
Pierce Pierce Pierce Co. Leader 402-329-4665 Weekly 109 E. Main St.
Pierce, NE
68767
Plainview Pierce News 402-582-4921 Weekly 508 W. Locust Ave.
Plainview, NE
68769
Plattsmouth Cass Journal 402-296-2141 Weekly 410 Main
Plattsmouth, NE
68048
Ponca Dixon Nebr. Journal-Leader 402-755-2203 Weekly 110 East St.
Ponca, NE
68770
Ralston Douglas Recorder 402-444-1242 Weekly 604 Fort Crook Rd. N.
Bellevue , NE
68005
Randolph Cedar Times 402-337-0488 Weekly 121 W. Broadway
Randolph, NE
68771
Ravenna Buffalo News 308-452-3411 Weekly 322 Grand Ave.
Ravenna, NE
68869
Red Cloud Webster Chief 402-746-3700 Weekly 322 N. Webster
Red Cloud, NE
68970
Sargent Custer Leader 308-346-4504 Weekly 757 H Street
Burwell, NE
68823
Schuyler Colfax Sun 402-352-2424 Weekly 1112 C St.
Schuyler, NE
68661
Scottsbluff Scotts Bluff Star-Herald 308-632-9000 Daily 1405 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE
69361
Scottsbluff Scotts Bluff Business Farmer 308-635-3110 Weekly 22 West 17th
Scottsbluff, NE
69361
Seward Seward The Sower 402-643-7307 College Concordia University
Seward, NE
68434
Seward Seward Seward Co. Independent 402-643-3676 Weekly 129 S. 6th St.
Seward, NE
68434
Shelton Buffalo Clipper 308-647-5158 Weekly 113 C St.
Shelton, NE
68876
Sidney Cheyenne Sun-Telegraph 308-254-2818 Daily 817 12th Street
Sidney, NE
69162
South Sioux City Dakota Dakota County Star 402-494-4264 Weekly 1000 West 29th, Suite 116
South Sioux City, NE
68776
Spalding Greeley Enterprise 308-497-2153 Weekly 140 S. Cedar St.
Spalding, NE
68665
Spencer Boyd Advocate 402-589-1010 Weekly 100 S. Thayer
Spencer, NE
68777
Springview Keya Paha Herald 402-497-3651 Weekly 102 S. Main St.
Springview, NE
68778
St. Edward Boone Advance 402-678-2771 Weekly 105 N. 3rd St.
St. Edward, NE
68660
St. Paul Howard Phonograph-Herald 308-754-4401 Weekly 406 Howard
St. Paul, NE
68873
Stanton Stanton Register 402-439-2173 Weekly 907 Ivy Street
Stanton, NE
68779
Stapleton Logan Enterprise 308-636-2444 Weekly 238 Main Street
Stapleton, NE
69163
Stromsburg Polk Polk Co. News 402-764-5341 Weekly 205 E. 4th
Stromsburg, NE
68666
Superior Nuckolls Express 402-879-3291 Weekly 148 E. Third Street
Superior, NE
68978
Sutherland Lincoln Courier-Times 308-386-4617 Weekly 824 1st St.
Sutherland, NE
69165
Sutton Clay Clay Co. News 402-773-5576 Weekly 207 North Saunders
Sutton, NE
68979
Syracuse Otoe Journal-Democrat 402-269-2135 Weekly 123 W. 17th St.
Syracuse, NE
68446
Tecumseh Johnson Chieftain 402-335-3394 Weekly 241 Clay St.
Tecumseh, NE
68450
Tekamah Burt Burt Co. Plaindealer 402-374-2226 Weekly 707 So. 13th
Tekamah, NE
68061
Thedford Thomas Thomas Co. Herald 308-636-2444 Weekly Thedford, NE
69166
Tilden Madison Citizen/Meadow Grove News 402-368-5315 Weekly Tilden, NE
68781
Trenton Hitchcock Hitchcock Co. News 308-334-5226 Weekly 346 Main
Trenton, NE
69044
Valentine Cherry Midland News 402-376-2833 Weekly 146 W. 2nd St.
Valentine, NE
69201
Verdigre Knox Eagle 402-668-2242 Weekly 202 Main St.
Verdigre, NE
68783
Wahoo Saunders Newspaper 402-443-4162 Weekly 564 N. Broadway
Wahoo, NE
68066
Wakefield Dixon Republican 402-287-2323 Weekly 224 Main St.
Wakefield , NE
68784
Wauneta Chase Breeze 308-394-5389 Weekly 324 Tecumseh Ave.
Wauneta, NE
69045
Wausa Knox Gazette 402-586-2661 Weekly 603 E. Broadway
Wausa, NE
68786
Waverly Lancaster News 402-786-2344 Weekly 14210 Kenilworth
Waverly, NE
68462
Wayne Wayne The Wayne Stater 402-375-7488 College 111 Main Street
Wayne, NE
68787
Wayne Wayne Herald 402-375-2600 Weekly 114 Main
Wayne, NE
68787
West Point Cuming News 402-372-2461 Weekly 134 E. Grove
West Point, NE
68788
Wilber Saline Republican 402-821-2586 Weekly 115 W. 3rd
Wilber, NE
68465
Wisner Cuming News-Chronicle 402-529-3228 Weekly 1014 Avenue E
Wisner, NE
68791
Wolbach Greeley Messenger 308-754-4401 Weekly 408 Howard Ave
Saint Paul , NE
68882
Wood River Hall Sunbeam 308-647-5158 Weekly 113 C St., Shelton
Wood River, NE
68876
Wymore Gage Arbor State 402-645-3344 Weekly PO Box 327
Wymore, NE
68466
York York News-Times 402-362-4478 Daily 327 Platte Ave.
York, NE
68467

Receive your Proof of Publication from the newspaper

After your Notice of Organization has run for 3 consecutive weeks, the newspaper should send you back a Proof of Publication.

Most newspapers will automatically send your Proof of Publication (or Affidavit of Publication) after your newspaper ad runs.

If you don’t get yours in 1 week after the ad runs, you can call the newspaper and request it.

LLC University® recommendation:
Make two copies of this document and keep it with your business records.

Here’s what a Proof of Publication/Affidavit of Publication may look like:

Nebraska LLC Affidavit of Publication from Newspaper

File your Proof of Publication with the State

After you receive the Proof of Publication, you need to submit a copy to the Nebraska Secretary of State.

After the Secretary of State receives it, they will upload it to your LLC’s permanent record and it can be seen by doing a business search.

Some newspapers automatically file your Notice of Publication with the Secretary of State. Make sure to call the newspaper and ask. If they don’t, you can follow the instructions below.

There are two ways you can file your Proof of Publication with the State:

  1. by mail: $10 flat fee + $5/page
  2. online: $12 flat fee + $5/page

LLC University® recommendation:

  • we recommend filing online if you’re comfortable with scanning PDF documents
  • we recommend filing by mail if you don’t have a scanner or aren’t “tech comfortable”

How to file Proof of Publication (online instructions)

  1. Scan your Proof of Publication and save it to PDF format (state only accepts PDF files)
  2. Go to the Corporate Document eDelivery page
  3. Under Select Filing Type, select “filing for an existing entity/trade name
  4. Enter your LLC’s Business Services Account Number (do a business search to find it)
  5. Leave the Client Memo line blank
  6. Click Continue
  7. Select Proof of Publication and click Continue
  8. Upload your PDF and click Continue
  9. Under Required to Submit, check the box to agree to the terms
  10. Enter your email address to receive notifications for your LLC (optional)
  11. Leave the Note to SOS Filing Office blank and click Submit
  12. Enter your billing and credit card info, click Verify Information, and finalize your payment

How to file Proof of Publication (mail instructions)

  1. Prepare a check or money order for $15
  2. Make it payable to “Secretary of State”
  3. Mail your Notice of Publication and check or money order to:

Secretary of State
PO Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509-4608

Download a filed copy of Proof of Publication

After you file your Notice of Publication with the State, you’ll want to download a copy from their website.

This copy is important because it will be stamped by the Nebraska Secretary of State.

This is proof that you’ve properly met the newspaper publication requirement.

How long before the Secretary of State reviews and scans?

The Secretary of State will scan your Notice of Publication into your LLC’s record within 1-2 business days.

How can I download a stamped copy?

  1. Do a business search
  2. Click on your LLC name
  3. Scroll down to Filed Documents and look for Proof of Publication
  4. You’ll need to pay $0.45 to download a copy

Next Step: LLC Biennial Report

Once you have published your Notice of Organization, received back an Affidavit/Proof of Publication and filed it with the Nebraska Secretary of State, you can then proceed to the next Lesson: Nebraska LLC Biennial Report.

Nebraska Secretary of State Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the Nebraska Secretary of State at 402-471-4079.

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6 thoughts on “Nebraska Publication Requirements”

  1. Something to think about. In your article you state “there’s no deadline and there’s no penalty for not complying with the publication requirement”. White it is true the Nebraska Secretary of State does not actively enforce this statute, it is important to note that IT IS a statutory requirement. Please pay particular attention to the text in the last sentence of Neb. Rev. Stat. §21-2,229(c) and Neb. Rev. Stat. §21-193(3) which are the publication statutes for corporations and LLCs.

    Nebraska Model Business Corporation Act, §21-2,229(c) ….the acts of such corporation prior to, as well as after, such publication SHALL BE VALID. (Emphasis added)

    Nebraska Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, §21-193 (3) ….the acts of the limited liability company prior to, as well as after, such publication SHALL BE VALID. (Emphasis added)

    Although there may not be any penalties for not publishing, and the statute allows you to correct this omission at any time, that last sentence implies that the acts of the corporation or LLC are not valid until they have published and filed the affidavit of publication with the Secretary of State.

    I must admit, I have not researched the intent or meaning of that language but my interpretation is that if the acts of the corporation/LLC are invalid until they comply with statutory requirements, it’s possible that any liability incurred by the company as a result of its acts could conceivably be considered to be the personal liability of the shareholders and/or members. Another issue is that the company may not be able to obtain a “certificate of good standing” if needed.

    The following quotes are from an old publication entitled “American and English Corporation Cases: A Collection of All Corporation A Collection of All Corporation Cases, Both Private and Municipal (excepting Railway Cases): Decided in the Courts of Last Resort in the United States, England, and Canada [1883-1894]”. Isn’t it possible they still apply?

    “This liability in the event of there being no required publication does not depend upon the actual injury which the failure to publish may have occasioned in a case but is absolute depending only on the proof of publication or no publication. Such a statute can be regarded in no other light than a penal one.” Page 635

    “Where a statute provides that until certain things are done by persons forming a corporation, -such as the filing of its articles of association in the office of a public officer, -the stockholders in such corporation shall be liable for the debts thereof, such a statute is only declaratory of the common law”. Page 636

    “But what these cases decide, and decide only, that where persons have attempted to form a corporation, until they shall have complied with the requirements of the statute for that purpose, they are jointly and severally liable for the debts of such association.” Page 638

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    • Brenda, this is the most thorough and thoughtful comment we’ve received in a while! Thank you. We’ve discussed and you’ve influenced our guide. We have a few things to complete in the next few weeks, but once finished, we’ll be updating and revamping our Nebraska LLC Publication Requirements lesson, aided by your comment and resources. You are correct. While there are no penalties per se, the risk of not publishing (and leaving things open to interpretation) is not worth the risk.

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  2. I see notices in my local journal where an attorney was involved. Is this a requirement for publication?

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    • Hi Tammy, if you take a look at Section 21-193 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes (this is the section about publication), you’ll see there is no requirement for an attorney to be listed. Hope that helps.

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