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
Note: 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).
- 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:
- See the table of newspapers listed below
- Find a newspaper that is located in the same city or same county as your LLC (based on your LLC’s Initial Designated Office)
- Call and ask if they are a legal newspaper and if they publish LLC notices
- If they are a legal newspaper, ask to speak to someone who can help you publish your ad (if not, call another newspaper)
- 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.
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|Ainsworth||Brown||Star-Journal||402-387-2844||Weekly||921 E. 4th|
|Albion||Boone||News||402-395-2115||Weekly||328 W. Church|
|Alliance||Box Butte||Times-Herald||308-762-3060||Daily||114 E. 4th St.|
|Alma||Harlan||Harlan Co. Journal||308-928-2143||Weekly||711 West Main|
|Arapahoe||Furnas||Public Mirror||308-962-7261||Weekly||420 Nebraska Ave.|
|Arnold||Custer||Sentinel||308-848-2511||Weekly||113 So. Walnut|
|Arthur||Arthur||Enterprise||308-764-2402||Weekly||411 Fir Street|
|Atkinson||Holt||Graphic||402-925-5411||Weekly||207 E. State St.|
|Auburn||Nemaha||Nemaha Co. Herald||402-274-3185||Weekly||830 Central Ave.|
|Aurora||Hamilton||News-Register||402-694-2131||Weekly||1320 K Street|
|Bassett||Rock||Rock Co. Leader||402-684-3771||Weekly||118 Clark St.|
|Battle Creek||Madison||Enterprise||402-675-5333||Weekly||407 S. 2nd St.|
Battle Creek, NE
|Bayard||Morrill||Transcript||308-586-1313||Weekly||336 Main St.|
|Beatrice||Gage||Daily Sun||402-223-5233||Daily||200 N. 7th|
|Bellevue||Sarpy||Leader||402-444-1242||Weekly||604 Ft. Crook Rd. N|
Bellevue , NE
|Benkelman||Dundy||Post & News-Chronicle||308-423-2337||Weekly||513 Chief|
Bertrand , NE
|Blair||Washington||Washington Co. Enterprise||402-426-2121||Weekly||138 No. 16th St.|
|Blair||Washington||Washington Co. Pilot-Tribune||402-426-2121||Weekly||138 No. 16th St.|
|Bloomfield||Knox||Monitor||402-373-2332||Weekly||110 N. Broadway|
|Blue Hill||Webster||Leader||402-756-2077||Weekly||565 W. Gage St.|
P.O. Box 38
Blue Hill, NE
|Broken Bow||Custer||Custer Co. Chief||308-872-2471||Weekly||305 So. 10th|
Broken Bow, NE
|Burwell||Garfield||Tribune||308-346-4504||Weekly||757 H Street|
|Callaway||Custer||Courier||308-836-2200||Weekly||204 E. Morse|
|Cambridge||Furnas||Clarion||308-697-3326||Weekly||706 Patterson St.|
|Central City||Merrick||Republican-Nonpareil||308-946-3081||Weekly||802 C Ave.|
Central City, NE
|Chadron||Dawes||Record||308-432-5511||Weekly||248 West Second|
|Chappell||Deuel||Register||308-874-2207||Weekly||273 Vincent Ave.|
|Clarkson||Colfax||Colfax Co. Press||402-892-3544||Weekly||242 Pine|
|Clearwater-Ewing||Antelope||Record-News||402-887-4840||Weekly||419 Main St.|
|Coleridge||Cedar||Blade||402-283-4267||Weekly||107 West Broadway|
|Columbus||Platte||Telegram||402-564-2741||Daily||1254 27th Ave.|
|Cozad||Dawson||Tri-City Tribune||308-784-3644||Weekly||320 W. 8th|
|Crawford||Dawes||Clipper/Harrison Sun||308-665-2310||Weekly||435 2nd St.|
|Crete||Saline||Doane Owl||402-826-8657||College||Doane College|
|Crete||Saline||News||402-826-2147||Weekly||1201 Linden Ave.|
|Crofton||Knox||Journal||402-388-4355||Weekly||108 W. Main|
|Curtis||Frontier||Fontier County Enterprise||308-367-4144||Weekly||208 Center Ave.|
|David City||Butler||Banner-Press||402-367-3054||Weekly||339 E St.|
David City, NE
|Deshler||Thayer||Rustler||402-365-7221||Weekly||704 4th St.|
|Dodge||Dodge||Criterion||402-693-2415||Weekly||140 Oak St.|
|Elgin||Antelope||Review||402-843-5500||Weekly||116 So. Second St.|
|Elkhorn||Douglas||Douglas Co. Post-Gazette||402-289-2329||Weekly||117 Hillrise Center|
|Elm Creek||Buffalo||Beacon-Observer||800-323-3929||Weekly||209 N. Tyler|
Elm Creek, NE
|Fairbury||Jefferson||Journal-News||402-729-6141||Weekly||516 5th St.|
|Falls City||Richardson||Journal||402-245-2431||Weekly||1810 Harlan St.|
Falls City, NE
|Franklin||Franklin||Co. Chronicle||308-425-3481||Weekly||707 15th Ave.|
|Fremont||Dodge||The Midland||402-721-5480||College||Fremont, NE|
|Fremont||Dodge||Tribune||402-721-5000||Daily||135 N. Main|
|Fullerton||Nance||Nance Co. Journal||308-536-3100||Weekly||416 4th St.|
|Geneva||Fillmore||Nebraska Signal||402-759-3117||Weekly||131 N. 9th|
|Genoa||Nance||Leader-Times||402-993-2205||Weekly||524 Willard Ave.|
|Gering||Scotts Bluff||Courier||308-436-2222||Weekly||1405 Broadway|
|Gering||Scotts Bluff||Citizen||308-633-6397||Weekly||1447 10th St.|
|Gibbon||Buffalo||Reporter||308-647-5158||Weekly||113 C St.|
|Gordon||Sheridan||Sheridan Co. Journal-Star||308-282-0118||Weekly||210 No. Main St.|
|Gothenburg||Dawson||Times||308-537-3636||Weekly||406 10th St.|
|Grand Island||Hall||Independent||308-382-1000||Daily||422 West 1st|
Grand Island, NE
|Greeley||Greeley||Citizen||308-428-2915||Weekly||207 W. O?Connor|
|Gretna||Sarpy||Guide & News||402-332-3232||Weekly||620 N. Hwy. 6|
|Gretna||Sarpy||Breeze||402-444-1242||Weekly||604 Ft. Crook Road|
Bellevue , NE
|Hartington||Cedar||Cedar Co. News||402-254-3997||Weekly||102 W. Main|
|Hastings||Adams||Tribune||402-462-2131||Daily||908 West Second|
|Hastings||Adams||Collegian||402-461-7399||College||7th & Turner|
|Hayes Center||Hayes||Times-Republican||308-286-3325||Weekly||607 Tate|
Hayes Center, NE
|Hebron||Thayer||Journal-Register||402-768-7214||Weekly||318 Lincoln Ave.|
|Hemingford||Box Butte||Ledger||308-487-3334||Weekly||714 Box Butte Ave.|
|Henderson||York||News||402-723-5861||Weekly||1021 N. Main St.|
|Hickman||Lancaster||Voice News||402-792-2255||Weekly||108 Locust St.|
|Hooper-Scribner||Dodge||Rustler-Sentinel||402-664-3198||Weekly||310 Depot Rd.|
|Howells||Colfax||Journal||402-986-1777||Weekly||122 N. Third|
|Humboldt||Richardson||Standard||402-862-2200||Weekly||317 West Square|
|Humphrey||Platte||Democrat||402-923-1400||Weekly||310 Main St.|
|Hyannis||Grant||Grant Co. News||308-458-2425||Weekly||206 S. Grant Ave.|
|Kearney||Buffalo||Antelope||308-865-8488||College||University of Nebr.-Kearney|
|Kearney||Buffalo||Hub||308-237-2152||Daily||13 E. 22 St.|
|Kimball||Kimball||Western Nebr. Observer||308-235-3631||Weekly||118 E. 2nd|
|Laurel||Cedar||Advocate||402-256-3200||Weekly||106 East Second St.|
|Leigh||Colfax||World||402-487-2218||Weekly||216 Main St.|
|Lexington||Dawson||Clipper-Herald||308-324-5511||Weekly||114 W. 5th St.|
|Lincoln||Lancaster||Journal Star||402-475-4200||Daily||926 P St.|
|Loup City||Sherman||Sherman Co. Times||308-745-1260||Weekly||822 ?O? St.|
Loup City, NE
|Lyons||Burt||Mirror-Sun||402-687-2616||Weekly||205 N. 2nd St.|
|Madison||Madison||Star-Mail||402-454-3818||Weekly||211 South Main|
|McCook||Red Willow||Gazette||308-345-4500||Daily||West 1st & E|
|Milford||Seward||Times||402-761-2911||Weekly||510 First St.|
|Minden||Kearney||Courier||308-832-2220||Weekly||429 N. Colorado Ave.|
|Mitchell||Scotts Bluff||Index||308-623-1322||Weekly||1448 Center Ave.|
|Mullen||Hooker||Hooker Co. Tribune||308-546-2242||Weekly||306 NW 1st St.|
|Nebraska City||Otoe||News-Press||402-873-3334||Weekly||823 Central|
Nebraska City, NE
|Neligh||Antelope||News & Leader||402-887-4840||Weekly||419 Main|
|Nelson||Nuckolls||Nuckolls Co. Locomotive Gazette||402-225-2301||Weekly||63 East 4th|
|Newman Grove||Madison||Reporter||402-447-6012||Weekly||509 Hale St.|
Newman Grove, NE
|Niobrara||Knox||Tribune||402-857-3737||Weekly||254-4 Park Ave.|
|Norfolk||Madison||Daily News||402-371-1020||Daily||525 Norfolk|
Norfolk , NE
|North Bend||Dodge||Eagle||402-652-8312||Weekly||730 Main St.|
North Bend, NE
|North Platte||Lincoln||Telegraph||308-532-6000||Daily||621 N. Chestnut|
North Platte, NE
|North Platte||Lincoln||Bulletin||308-696-0052||Weekly||1300 E. Fourth St.|
North Platte, NE
|O'Neill||Holt||Holt Co. Independent||402-336-1220||Weekly||114 North 4th|
|Oakland||Burt||Independent||402-685-5624||Weekly||217 N. Oakland Ave.|
|Ogallala||Keith||Keith Co. News||308-284-4046||Weekly||116 West A|
|Omaha||Douglas||World-Herald||402-444-1000||Daily||1314 Douglas St.|
|Omaha||Douglas||The Gateway||402-554-2471||College||MBSC 116|
|Omaha||Douglas||Daily Record||402-345-1303||Daily||3323 Leavenworth St.|
|Omaha||Douglas||Catholic Voice||402-558-6611||Weekly||6060 NW Radial Hwy.|
|Omaha||Douglas||Jewish Press||402-334-6448||Weekly||333 S. 132nd St.|
|Orchard||Antelope||Orchard News||402-887-4000||Weekly||110 E 4th Street|
|Ord||Valley||Quiz||308-728-3262||Weekly||305 South 16 St.|
|Oshkosh||Garden||Garden Co. News||308-772-3555||Weekly||204 Main|
|Osmond||Pierce||Republican||402-748-3666||Weekly||312 State St.|
|Oxford||Furnas||Standard||308-824-3582||Weekly||104 W. S. Railway|
|Palmer||Merrick||Journal||308-894-3025||Weekly||916 Commercial St.|
|Papillion/LaVista||Sarpy||Times/Sun||402-444-1242||Weekly||604 Fort Crook Rd. N.|
Bellevue , NE
|Pawnee City||Pawnee||Pawnee Republican||402-852-2575||Weekly||600 G St.|
Pawnee City, NE
|Peru||Nemaha||Times||College||600 Hoyt Stree|
|Petersburg||Boone||Press||402-386-5384||Weekly||123 Main St.|
|Pierce||Pierce||Pierce Co. Leader||402-329-4665||Weekly||109 E. Main St.|
|Plainview||Pierce||News||402-582-4921||Weekly||508 W. Locust Ave.|
|Ponca||Dixon||Nebr. Journal-Leader||402-755-2203||Weekly||110 East St.|
|Ralston||Douglas||Recorder||402-444-1242||Weekly||604 Fort Crook Rd. N.|
Bellevue , NE
|Randolph||Cedar||Times||402-337-0488||Weekly||121 W. Broadway|
|Ravenna||Buffalo||News||308-452-3411||Weekly||322 Grand Ave.|
|Red Cloud||Webster||Chief||402-746-3700||Weekly||322 N. Webster|
Red Cloud, NE
|Sargent||Custer||Leader||308-346-4504||Weekly||757 H Street|
|Schuyler||Colfax||Sun||402-352-2424||Weekly||1112 C St.|
|Scottsbluff||Scotts Bluff||Star-Herald||308-632-9000||Daily||1405 Broadway|
|Scottsbluff||Scotts Bluff||Business Farmer||308-635-3110||Weekly||22 West 17th|
|Seward||Seward||The Sower||402-643-7307||College||Concordia University|
|Seward||Seward||Seward Co. Independent||402-643-3676||Weekly||129 S. 6th St.|
|Shelton||Buffalo||Clipper||308-647-5158||Weekly||113 C St.|
|Sidney||Cheyenne||Sun-Telegraph||308-254-2818||Daily||817 12th Street|
|South Sioux City||Dakota||Dakota County Star||402-494-4264||Weekly||1000 West 29th, Suite 116|
South Sioux City, NE
|Spalding||Greeley||Enterprise||308-497-2153||Weekly||140 S. Cedar St.|
|Spencer||Boyd||Advocate||402-589-1010||Weekly||100 S. Thayer|
|Springview||Keya Paha||Herald||402-497-3651||Weekly||102 S. Main St.|
|St. Edward||Boone||Advance||402-678-2771||Weekly||105 N. 3rd St.|
St. Edward, NE
|St. Paul||Howard||Phonograph-Herald||308-754-4401||Weekly||406 Howard|
St. Paul, NE
|Stanton||Stanton||Register||402-439-2173||Weekly||907 Ivy Street|
|Stapleton||Logan||Enterprise||308-636-2444||Weekly||238 Main Street|
|Stromsburg||Polk||Polk Co. News||402-764-5341||Weekly||205 E. 4th|
|Superior||Nuckolls||Express||402-879-3291||Weekly||148 E. Third Street|
|Sutherland||Lincoln||Courier-Times||308-386-4617||Weekly||824 1st St.|
|Sutton||Clay||Clay Co. News||402-773-5576||Weekly||207 North Saunders|
|Syracuse||Otoe||Journal-Democrat||402-269-2135||Weekly||123 W. 17th St.|
|Tecumseh||Johnson||Chieftain||402-335-3394||Weekly||241 Clay St.|
|Tekamah||Burt||Burt Co. Plaindealer||402-374-2226||Weekly||707 So. 13th|
|Thedford||Thomas||Thomas Co. Herald||308-636-2444||Weekly||Thedford, NE|
|Tilden||Madison||Citizen/Meadow Grove News||402-368-5315||Weekly||Tilden, NE|
|Trenton||Hitchcock||Hitchcock Co. News||308-334-5226||Weekly||346 Main|
|Valentine||Cherry||Midland News||402-376-2833||Weekly||146 W. 2nd St.|
|Verdigre||Knox||Eagle||402-668-2242||Weekly||202 Main St.|
|Wahoo||Saunders||Newspaper||402-443-4162||Weekly||564 N. Broadway|
|Wakefield||Dixon||Republican||402-287-2323||Weekly||224 Main St.|
Wakefield , NE
|Wauneta||Chase||Breeze||308-394-5389||Weekly||324 Tecumseh Ave.|
|Wausa||Knox||Gazette||402-586-2661||Weekly||603 E. Broadway|
|Wayne||Wayne||The Wayne Stater||402-375-7488||College||111 Main Street|
|West Point||Cuming||News||402-372-2461||Weekly||134 E. Grove|
West Point, NE
|Wilber||Saline||Republican||402-821-2586||Weekly||115 W. 3rd|
|Wisner||Cuming||News-Chronicle||402-529-3228||Weekly||1014 Avenue E|
|Wolbach||Greeley||Messenger||308-754-4401||Weekly||408 Howard Ave|
Saint Paul , NE
|Wood River||Hall||Sunbeam||308-647-5158||Weekly||113 C St., Shelton|
Wood River, NE
|Wymore||Gage||Arbor State||402-645-3344||Weekly||PO Box 327|
|York||York||News-Times||402-362-4478||Daily||327 Platte Ave.|
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:
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.
Note: 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:
- By mail: $10 flat fee + $5/page
- 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)
- Scan your Proof of Publication and save it to PDF format (the state only accepts PDF files)
- Go to the Corporate Document eDelivery page
- Under Select Filing Type, select “filing for an existing entity/trade name“
- Enter your LLC’s Business Services Account Number (do a business search to find it)
- Leave the Client Memo line blank
- Click “Continue“
- Select Proof of Publication and click “Continue“
- Upload your PDF and click “Continue“
- Under Required to Submit, check the box to agree to the terms
- Enter your email address to receive notifications for your LLC (optional)
- Leave the Note to SOS Filing Office blank and click Submit
- Enter your billing and credit card info, click Verify Information, and finalize your payment
How to file Proof of Publication (mail instructions)
- Prepare a check or money order for $15
- Make it payable to “Secretary of State”
- 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?
- Do a business search
- Click on your LLC name
- Scroll down to Filed Documents and look for Proof of Publication
- 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.
Nebraska LLC Act, Section 21-117
Nebraska LLC Act, Section 21-185
Nebraska LLC Act, Section 21-189
Nebraska LLC Act, Section 21-193
Nebraska Definition of Legal Newspaper
Nebraska Corporations Title: Rules for Notice