Nebraska Publication Requirements

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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.

CityCountyPaperPhoneFrequencyAddress
AinsworthBrownStar-Journal402-387-2844Weekly921 E. 4th
Ainsworth, NE
69210
AlbionBooneNews402-395-2115Weekly328 W. Church
Albion, NE
68620
AllianceBox ButteTimes-Herald308-762-3060Daily114 E. 4th St.
Alliance, NE
69301
AlmaHarlanHarlan Co. Journal308-928-2143Weekly711 West Main
Alma, NE
68920
ArapahoeFurnasPublic Mirror308-962-7261Weekly420 Nebraska Ave.
Arapahoe, NE
68922
ArlingtonWashingtonCitizen402-426-2121WeeklyArlington, NE
68002
ArnoldCusterSentinel308-848-2511Weekly113 So. Walnut
Arnold, NE
69120
ArthurArthurEnterprise308-764-2402Weekly411 Fir Street
Arthur, NE
69121
AshlandSaundersGazette402-944-3397Weekly1510 Silver
Ashland, NE
68003
AtkinsonHoltGraphic402-925-5411Weekly207 E. State St.
Atkinson, NE
68713
AuburnNemahaNemaha Co. Herald402-274-3185Weekly830 Central Ave.
Auburn, NE
68305
AuroraHamiltonNews-Register402-694-2131Weekly1320 K Street
Aurora, NE
68818
BassettRockRock Co. Leader402-684-3771Weekly118 Clark St.
Bassett, NE
68714
Battle CreekMadisonEnterprise402-675-5333Weekly407 S. 2nd St.
Battle Creek, NE
68715
BayardMorrillTranscript308-586-1313Weekly336 Main St.
Bayard, NE
69334
BeatriceGageDaily Sun402-223-5233Daily200 N. 7th
Beatrice, NE
68310
BellevueSarpyLeader402-444-1242Weekly604 Ft. Crook Rd. N
Bellevue , NE
68005
BenkelmanDundyPost & News-Chronicle308-423-2337Weekly513 Chief
Benkelman, NE
69021
BertrandPhelpsHerald308-472-3217Weekly615 Minor
Bertrand , NE
68927
BlairWashingtonWashington Co. Enterprise402-426-2121Weekly138 No. 16th St.
Blair, NE
68008
BlairWashingtonWashington Co. Pilot-Tribune402-426-2121Weekly138 No. 16th St.
Blair, NE
68008
BloomfieldKnoxMonitor402-373-2332Weekly110 N. Broadway
Bloomfield, NE
68718
Blue HillWebsterLeader402-756-2077Weekly565 W. Gage St.
P.O. Box 38
Blue Hill, NE
68930
BridgeportMorrillNews-Blade308-262-0675Weekly801 Main
Bridgeport, NE
69336
Broken BowCusterCuster Co. Chief308-872-2471Weekly305 So. 10th
Broken Bow, NE
68822
BurwellGarfieldTribune308-346-4504Weekly757 H Street
Burwell, NE
68823
ButteBoydGazette402-775-2431WeeklyButte, NE
68722
CallawayCusterCourier308-836-2200Weekly204 E. Morse
Callaway, NE
68825
CambridgeFurnasClarion308-697-3326Weekly706 Patterson St.
Cambridge, NE
69022
Central CityMerrickRepublican-Nonpareil308-946-3081Weekly802 C Ave.
Central City, NE
68826
ChadronDawesRecord308-432-5511Weekly248 West Second
Chadron, NE
69337
ChadronDawesEagle308-432-6303College227 Kline
Chadron, NE
69337
ChappellDeuelRegister308-874-2207Weekly273 Vincent Ave.
Chappell, NE
69129
ClarksonColfaxColfax Co. Press402-892-3544Weekly242 Pine
Clarkson, NE
68629
Clearwater-EwingAntelopeRecord-News402-887-4840Weekly419 Main St.
Neligh, NE
68756
ColeridgeCedarBlade402-283-4267Weekly107 West Broadway
Coleridge, NE
68727
ColumbusPlatteTelegram402-564-2741Daily1254 27th Ave.
Columbus, NE
68601
CozadDawsonTri-City Tribune308-784-3644Weekly320 W. 8th
Cozad, NE
69130
CrawfordDawesClipper/Harrison Sun308-665-2310Weekly435 2nd St.
Crawford, NE
69339
CreightonKnoxNews402-358-5220Weekly816 Main
Creighton, NE
68729
CreteSalineDoane Owl402-826-8657CollegeDoane College
Crete, NE
68333
CreteSalineNews402-826-2147Weekly1201 Linden Ave.
Crete, NE
68333
CroftonKnoxJournal402-388-4355Weekly108 W. Main
Crofton, NE
68730
CurtisFrontierFontier County Enterprise308-367-4144Weekly208 Center Ave.
Curtis, NE
69025
David CityButlerBanner-Press402-367-3054Weekly339 E St.
David City, NE
68632
DeshlerThayerRustler402-365-7221Weekly704 4th St.
Deshler, NE
68340
DodgeDodgeCriterion402-693-2415Weekly140 Oak St.
Dodge, NE
68633
DoniphanHallHerald402-756-2077WeeklyDoniphan, NE
68832
ElginAntelopeReview402-843-5500Weekly116 So. Second St.
Elgin, NE
68636
ElkhornDouglasDouglas Co. Post-Gazette402-289-2329Weekly117 Hillrise Center
Elkhorn, NE
68022
Elm CreekBuffaloBeacon-Observer800-323-3929Weekly209 N. Tyler
Elm Creek, NE
68836
ElwoodGosperBulletin308-785-2251Weekly308 Smith
Elwood, NE
68937
FairburyJeffersonJournal-News402-729-6141Weekly516 5th St.
Fairbury, NE
68352
Falls CityRichardsonJournal402-245-2431Weekly1810 Harlan St.
Falls City, NE
68355
FranklinFranklinCo. Chronicle308-425-3481Weekly707 15th Ave.
Franklin, NE
68939
FremontDodgeThe Midland402-721-5480CollegeFremont, NE
68025
FremontDodgeTribune402-721-5000Daily135 N. Main
Fremont, NE
68025
FriendSalineSentinel402-947-2391Weekly108 Main
Friend, NE
68359
FullertonNanceNance Co. Journal308-536-3100Weekly416 4th St.
Fullerton, NE
68638
GenevaFillmoreNebraska Signal402-759-3117Weekly131 N. 9th
Geneva, NE
68361
GenoaNanceLeader-Times402-993-2205Weekly524 Willard Ave.
Genoa, NE
68640
GeringScotts BluffCourier308-436-2222Weekly1405 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE
69361
GeringScotts BluffCitizen308-633-6397Weekly1447 10th St.
Gering, NE
69341
GibbonBuffaloReporter308-647-5158Weekly113 C St.
Shelton, NE
68876
GordonSheridanSheridan Co. Journal-Star308-282-0118Weekly210 No. Main St.
Gordon, NE
69343
GothenburgDawsonTimes308-537-3636Weekly406 10th St.
Gothenburg, NE
69138
Grand IslandHallIndependent308-382-1000Daily422 West 1st
Grand Island, NE
68801
GrantPerkinsTribune-Sentinel308-352-4311Weekly327 Central
Grant, NE
69140
GreeleyGreeleyCitizen308-428-2915Weekly207 W. O?Connor
Greeley, NE
68842
GretnaSarpyGuide & News402-332-3232Weekly620 N. Hwy. 6
Gretna, NE
68028
GretnaSarpyBreeze402-444-1242Weekly604 Ft. Crook Road
Bellevue , NE
68005
HartingtonCedarCedar Co. News402-254-3997Weekly102 W. Main
Hartington, NE
68739
HastingsAdamsTribune402-462-2131Daily908 West Second
Hastings, NE
68901
HastingsAdamsCollegian402-461-7399College7th & Turner
Hastings, NE
68901
Hayes CenterHayesTimes-Republican308-286-3325Weekly607 Tate
Hayes Center, NE
69032
HebronThayerJournal-Register402-768-7214Weekly318 Lincoln Ave.
Hebron, NE
68370
HemingfordBox ButteLedger308-487-3334Weekly714 Box Butte Ave.
Hemingford, NE
69348
HendersonYorkNews402-723-5861Weekly1021 N. Main St.
Henderson, NE
68371
HickmanLancasterVoice News402-792-2255Weekly108 Locust St.
Hickman, NE
68372
HoldregePhelpsCitizen308-995-4441Daily418 Garfield
Holdrege, NE
68949
Hooper-ScribnerDodgeRustler-Sentinel402-664-3198Weekly310 Depot Rd.
Hooper, NE
68031
HowellsColfaxJournal402-986-1777Weekly122 N. Third
Howells, NE
68641
HumboldtRichardsonStandard402-862-2200Weekly317 West Square
Humboldt, NE
68376
HumphreyPlatteDemocrat402-923-1400Weekly310 Main St.
Humphrey, NE
68642
HyannisGrantGrant Co. News308-458-2425Weekly206 S. Grant Ave.
Hyannis, NE
69350
ImperialChaseRepublican308-882-4453Weekly622 Broadway
Imperial, NE
69033
KearneyBuffaloAntelope308-865-8488CollegeUniversity of Nebr.-Kearney
Kearney, NE
68845
KearneyBuffaloHub308-237-2152Daily13 E. 22 St.
Kearney, NE
68847
KimballKimballWestern Nebr. Observer308-235-3631Weekly118 E. 2nd
Kimball, NE
69145
LaurelCedarAdvocate402-256-3200Weekly106 East Second St.
Laurel, NE
68745
LeighColfaxWorld402-487-2218Weekly216 Main St.
Leigh, NE
68643
LexingtonDawsonClipper-Herald308-324-5511Weekly114 W. 5th St.
Lexington, NE
68850
LincolnLancasterJournal Star402-475-4200Daily926 P St.
Lincoln, NE
68508
LincolnLancasterDaily Nebraskan402-472-2588College20 Nebraska Union
Lincoln, NE
68588
Loup CityShermanSherman Co. Times308-745-1260Weekly822 ?O? St.
Loup City, NE
68853
LyonsBurtMirror-Sun402-687-2616Weekly205 N. 2nd St.
Lyons, NE
68038
MadisonMadisonStar-Mail402-454-3818Weekly211 South Main
Madison, NE
68748
McCookRed WillowGazette308-345-4500DailyWest 1st & E
McCook, NE
69001
MilfordSewardTimes402-761-2911Weekly510 First St.
Milford, NE
68405
MindenKearneyCourier308-832-2220Weekly429 N. Colorado Ave.
Minden, NE
68959
MitchellScotts BluffIndex308-623-1322Weekly1448 Center Ave.
Mitchell, NE
69357
MullenHookerHooker Co. Tribune308-546-2242Weekly306 NW 1st St.
Mullen, NE
69152
Nebraska CityOtoeNews-Press402-873-3334Weekly823 Central
Nebraska City, NE
68410
NelighAntelopeNews & Leader402-887-4840Weekly419 Main
Neligh, NE
68756
NelsonNuckollsNuckolls Co. Locomotive Gazette402-225-2301Weekly63 East 4th
Nelson, NE
68961
Newman GroveMadisonReporter402-447-6012Weekly509 Hale St.
Newman Grove, NE
68758
NiobraraKnoxTribune402-857-3737Weekly254-4 Park Ave.
Niobrara, NE
68760
NorfolkMadisonDaily News402-371-1020Daily525 Norfolk
Norfolk , NE
68701
North BendDodgeEagle402-652-8312Weekly730 Main St.
North Bend, NE
68649
North PlatteLincolnTelegraph308-532-6000Daily621 N. Chestnut
North Platte, NE
69101
North PlatteLincolnBulletin308-696-0052Weekly1300 E. Fourth St.
North Platte, NE
69101
O'NeillHoltHolt Co. Independent402-336-1220Weekly114 North 4th
O?Neill, NE
68763
OaklandBurtIndependent402-685-5624Weekly217 N. Oakland Ave.
Oakland, NE
68045
OgallalaKeithKeith Co. News308-284-4046Weekly116 West A
Ogallala, NE
69153
OmahaDouglasWorld-Herald402-444-1000Daily1314 Douglas St.
Omaha, NE
68102
OmahaDouglasCreightonian402-280-4059CollegeOmaha, NE
68101
OmahaDouglasThe Gateway402-554-2471CollegeMBSC 116
Omaha, NE
68182
OmahaDouglasDaily Record402-345-1303Daily3323 Leavenworth St.
Omaha, NE
68105
OmahaDouglasCatholic Voice402-558-6611Weekly6060 NW Radial Hwy.
Omaha, NE
68104
OmahaDouglasJewish Press402-334-6448Weekly333 S. 132nd St.
Omaha, NE
68154
OrchardAntelopeOrchard News402-887-4000Weekly110 E 4th Street
Neligh, NE
68756
OrdValleyQuiz308-728-3262Weekly305 South 16 St.
Ord, NE
68862
OshkoshGardenGarden Co. News308-772-3555Weekly204 Main
Oshkosh, NE
69154
OsmondPierceRepublican402-748-3666Weekly312 State St.
Osmond, NE
68765
OxfordFurnasStandard308-824-3582Weekly104 W. S. Railway
Oxford, NE
68967
PalmerMerrickJournal308-894-3025Weekly916 Commercial St.
Palmer, NE
68864
Papillion/LaVistaSarpyTimes/Sun402-444-1242Weekly604 Fort Crook Rd. N.
Bellevue , NE
68005
Pawnee CityPawneePawnee Republican402-852-2575Weekly600 G St.
Pawnee City, NE
68420
PenderThurstonTimes402-385-3013Weekly313 Main
Pender, NE
68047
PeruNemahaTimesCollege600 Hoyt Stree
Peru, NE
68421
PetersburgBoonePress402-386-5384Weekly123 Main St.
Petersburg, NE
68652
PiercePiercePierce Co. Leader402-329-4665Weekly109 E. Main St.
Pierce, NE
68767
PlainviewPierceNews402-582-4921Weekly508 W. Locust Ave.
Plainview, NE
68769
PlattsmouthCassJournal402-296-2141Weekly410 Main
Plattsmouth, NE
68048
PoncaDixonNebr. Journal-Leader402-755-2203Weekly110 East St.
Ponca, NE
68770
RalstonDouglasRecorder402-444-1242Weekly604 Fort Crook Rd. N.
Bellevue , NE
68005
RandolphCedarTimes402-337-0488Weekly121 W. Broadway
Randolph, NE
68771
RavennaBuffaloNews308-452-3411Weekly322 Grand Ave.
Ravenna, NE
68869
Red CloudWebsterChief402-746-3700Weekly322 N. Webster
Red Cloud, NE
68970
SargentCusterLeader308-346-4504Weekly757 H Street
Burwell, NE
68823
SchuylerColfaxSun402-352-2424Weekly1112 C St.
Schuyler, NE
68661
ScottsbluffScotts BluffStar-Herald308-632-9000Daily1405 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE
69361
ScottsbluffScotts BluffBusiness Farmer308-635-3110Weekly22 West 17th
Scottsbluff, NE
69361
SewardSewardThe Sower402-643-7307CollegeConcordia University
Seward, NE
68434
SewardSewardSeward Co. Independent402-643-3676Weekly129 S. 6th St.
Seward, NE
68434
SheltonBuffaloClipper308-647-5158Weekly113 C St.
Shelton, NE
68876
SidneyCheyenneSun-Telegraph308-254-2818Daily817 12th Street
Sidney, NE
69162
South Sioux CityDakotaDakota County Star402-494-4264Weekly1000 West 29th, Suite 116
South Sioux City, NE
68776
SpaldingGreeleyEnterprise308-497-2153Weekly140 S. Cedar St.
Spalding, NE
68665
SpencerBoydAdvocate402-589-1010Weekly100 S. Thayer
Spencer, NE
68777
SpringviewKeya PahaHerald402-497-3651Weekly102 S. Main St.
Springview, NE
68778
St. EdwardBooneAdvance402-678-2771Weekly105 N. 3rd St.
St. Edward, NE
68660
St. PaulHowardPhonograph-Herald308-754-4401Weekly406 Howard
St. Paul, NE
68873
StantonStantonRegister402-439-2173Weekly907 Ivy Street
Stanton, NE
68779
StapletonLoganEnterprise308-636-2444Weekly238 Main Street
Stapleton, NE
69163
StromsburgPolkPolk Co. News402-764-5341Weekly205 E. 4th
Stromsburg, NE
68666
SuperiorNuckollsExpress402-879-3291Weekly148 E. Third Street
Superior, NE
68978
SutherlandLincolnCourier-Times308-386-4617Weekly824 1st St.
Sutherland, NE
69165
SuttonClayClay Co. News402-773-5576Weekly207 North Saunders
Sutton, NE
68979
SyracuseOtoeJournal-Democrat402-269-2135Weekly123 W. 17th St.
Syracuse, NE
68446
TecumsehJohnsonChieftain402-335-3394Weekly241 Clay St.
Tecumseh, NE
68450
TekamahBurtBurt Co. Plaindealer402-374-2226Weekly707 So. 13th
Tekamah, NE
68061
ThedfordThomasThomas Co. Herald308-636-2444WeeklyThedford, NE
69166
TildenMadisonCitizen/Meadow Grove News402-368-5315WeeklyTilden, NE
68781
TrentonHitchcockHitchcock Co. News308-334-5226Weekly346 Main
Trenton, NE
69044
ValentineCherryMidland News402-376-2833Weekly146 W. 2nd St.
Valentine, NE
69201
VerdigreKnoxEagle402-668-2242Weekly202 Main St.
Verdigre, NE
68783
WahooSaundersNewspaper402-443-4162Weekly564 N. Broadway
Wahoo, NE
68066
WakefieldDixonRepublican402-287-2323Weekly224 Main St.
Wakefield , NE
68784
WaunetaChaseBreeze308-394-5389Weekly324 Tecumseh Ave.
Wauneta, NE
69045
WausaKnoxGazette402-586-2661Weekly603 E. Broadway
Wausa, NE
68786
WaverlyLancasterNews402-786-2344Weekly14210 Kenilworth
Waverly, NE
68462
WayneWayneThe Wayne Stater402-375-7488College111 Main Street
Wayne, NE
68787
WayneWayneHerald402-375-2600Weekly114 Main
Wayne, NE
68787
West PointCumingNews402-372-2461Weekly134 E. Grove
West Point, NE
68788
WilberSalineRepublican402-821-2586Weekly115 W. 3rd
Wilber, NE
68465
WisnerCumingNews-Chronicle402-529-3228Weekly1014 Avenue E
Wisner, NE
68791
WolbachGreeleyMessenger308-754-4401Weekly408 Howard Ave
Saint Paul , NE
68882
Wood RiverHallSunbeam308-647-5158Weekly113 C St., Shelton
Wood River, NE
68876
WymoreGageArbor State402-645-3344WeeklyPO Box 327
Wymore, NE
68466
YorkYorkNews-Times402-362-4478Daily327 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 Comments

  1. Brenda Black February 15, 2018

    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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    • Matt Horwitz February 21, 2018

      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. Tammy February 22, 2019

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

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    • Matt Horwitz February 22, 2019

      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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      • Tammy February 22, 2019

        Thank you! I did not believe such a requirement existed but wanted to make certain.

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        • Matt Horwitz February 22, 2019

          You’re welcome Tammy! Always a good idea to double-check :)

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