How to form an LLC in New Hampshire
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire LLC costs:
LLC formation: $100 (one-time fee)
Annual report: $100 (every year)
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Annual Report requirement for a New Hampshire LLC
All LLCs doing business in New Hampshire must file an Annual Report every year.
You need to file an Annual Report in order to keep your New Hampshire LLC in compliance and in good standing with the state.
You must complete your New Hampshire Annual Report online (using the New Hampshire QuickStart filing system). And then you can either submit it online or print it and submit it by mail.
New Hampshire LLC Annual Report fee
New Hampshire LLC Annual Report fee is $100 per year.
If you submit your Annual Report by mail, it will be processed in 1-3 weeks.
If you submit your Annual Report online, it will be processed instantly.
We recommend submitting your Annual Report online.
Due Date of the LLC Annual Report
Your New Hampshire LLC’s Annual Report is due between January 1st and April 1st every year.
Your first Annual Report is due the year following the year of formation.
- If your New Hampshire LLC was formed on February 5th 2022, your first Annual Report will be due between January 1st and April 1st of 2023.
- If your New Hampshire LLC was formed on November 22nd 2022, your first Annual Report will be due between January 1st and April 1st of 2023.
How early can an Annual Report be filed?
Your LLC Annual Report can be filed as early as January 1st each year.
Penalty if your Annual Report is late
Your New Hampshire LLC’s Annual Report will be late if not filed by April 1st.
If you’re late, your LLC enters a “Not in Good Standing” status. It will also be charged a $50 penalty on top of the filing fee ($150 total). After late-filing and paying the penalty, your LLC will go back into “Good Standing” status.
If you fail to file an Annual Report for 2 consecutive years, the state will administratively dissolve (shut down) your LLC.
LLC Annual Report Reminders
The New Hampshire Secretary of State will send one courtesy reminder shortly after January 1st. Depending on what was selected in your New Hampshire LLC Certificate of Formation, the state will send the reminder by mail or email.
However, this reminder is a “courtesy” reminder. Meaning, even if you don’t receive it, it’s still your responsibility to file your Annual Report on time every year.
For that reason, we recommend putting a repeating reminder on your phone, computer, and/or calendar.
Here’s a video on how to use Google Calendar to create free Annual Report reminders:
If there are any errors in your Annual Report
If there are any errors or problems with your LLC’s Annual Report, the state will send you back a notification letting you know. They will also give you 30 days to correct the issue and re-file the Annual Report.
Completing your New Hampshire LLC Annual Report
- Visit New Hampshire QuickStart.
- Click “Login” or “Create Account” in the upper right.
- In your account dashboard, look to the menu on the left. Under “BUSINESS SERVICES”, click “Annual Report/Annual Fee/Nonprofit Report“.
- Search your LLC by name (just enter the first couple words and leave out “LLC”) or by its Business ID.
- Select your LLC from the list and click “Continue“.
- You should see the current year selected. Click “File an Annual Report/Annual Fee/Nonprofit Report“.
You’ll see the following message:
“Please review your current Principal Purpose(s) in the table below. If you need to make changes to your Principal Purpose(s) please contact our office at (603) 271-3246 or email@example.com.”
You can’t make any changes to your LLC’s purpose via the Annual Report. Instead, the state wants you to file Form LLC-3 (Certificate of Amendment) and pay a $35 filing fee.
We recommend just leaving the purpose as-is, even if it’s completely changed. You’re not restricted from engaging in any legal business activity, so filing a Certificate of Amendment is just a way for the state to unnecessarily charge you $35. You’re not forced to do what you listed as the original purpose of your LLC.
- Related article: New Hampshire LLC Registered Agent
Review your LLC’s Registered Agent information.
If nothing has changed, then there is nothing you need to do in this section.
If you’d like to change or update your Registered Agent, you can’t do so via the Annual Report. Instead, you have to submit a separate filing either by mail or online.
How to change your New Hampshire Registered Agent
You can change your New Hampshire Registered Agent online or by mail.
There’s a small catch though: If you file the change of Registered Agent online, you have to pay a $15 fee. If you file the change of Registered Agent by mail (as long as you file the change between January 1st and April 1st), you don’t have to pay the $15 fee.
Change your Registered Agent online:
In your QuickStart dashboard, hover over “BUSINESS SERVICES” on the left. There are three options to choose from:
- Registered Agent Address Change:
- Select this option if your Registered Agent is not a Commercial Registered Agent and you are just changing the Registered Agent’s address (but not the actual Registered Agent)
- Registered Agent Address Change – Commercial Agent:
- Select this option if your Registered Agent is a Commercial Registered Agent and you are just changing the Registered Agent’s address (but not the actual Registered Agent)
- Registered Agent Change:
- Select this option if you’re changing who the Registered Agent is, regardless of what type of Registered Agent it is.
Change your Registered Agent by mail:
Complete a Statement of Change of Registered Office or Registered Agent. If you file this with the state between January 1st and April 1st, there is no fee. If you file outside of that timeframe, there is a $15 fee.
Principal Office Information
Review your LLC’s Principal Office Address and Mailing Address.
If your address(es) have not changed, then you don’t need to change anything in this section.
If you need to make changes, just click the “Edit” button to the right. Then change your address details and click the “Save Selection” button.
You can enter an email address if you’d like, but it’s optional.
Click “Continue” to proceed.
The fields you immediately see with red asterisks don’t necessarily need to be filled out.
First, look below the fields for the current Member/Manager information.
If you need to remove a Member/Manager, click the “remove” icon.
If you need to add a Member/Manager, enter their information at the top and then click the “Save Selection” button.
Check off the “Certify” box agreeing to the terms and conditions of filing the Annual Report, then click the “Continue” button. A few additional fields will appear below:
Your effective filing date will be automatically set to today’s date (you won’t be able to change it). There is nothing you need to do here. Technically, it just means your LLC’s Annual Report is filed with the state on today’s date.
Name & Title
Enter your name and select your title from the drop down list.
Title: You’ll likely be signing as either a Member or a Manager. You can also sign as the Authorized Signer.
Click “Continue” to proceed.
Review the information you entered in your LLC’s Annual Report and check for any typos or mistakes.
If you need to make any changes, click the “Edit” buttons to the right of any section.
If everything looks good, you can then proceed to make payment.
You have 2 options for submitting your Annual Report to the state:
Submit it by mail and pay by check:
Click the “Mail with Check” button and then read our instructions below titled “Submit your New Hampshire LLC Annual Report by Mail“.
Submit it online and pay with a credit card:
Click the “Add to Shopping Cart and Checkout” button and then read our instructions below titled “Submit your New Hampshire LLC Annual Report Online“.
Submit your New Hampshire LLC Annual Report by Mail
So just before this you should have clicked the “Mail with Check” button.
Next, a popup message will appear telling you about how to file by mail. Click the “Continue” button to proceed. Doing so will automatically download your Annual Report to your computer in PDF format.
It will likely be saved to your computer’s desktop or your “downloads” folder.
Find the Annual Report on your computer, print it out, and then sign at the bottom.
Payment and Mailing Instructions:
Prepare a check or money order for $100 and make it payable to “State of New Hampshire”.
Send your Annual Report and $100 filing fee to:
NH Department of State
107 North Main Street, Room 204
Concord, NH 03301-4989
Note: If you’re filing your New Hampshire Annual Report late, your total payment may be $150.
Congratulations, your New Hampshire LLC’s Annual Report has been mailed for processing! Now you just need to wait for verification.
Verification of a filed LLC Annual Report (by mail):
If you file by mail, the state will process your Annual Report in 1-3 weeks.
By default, you don’t get anything back by mail.
Instead, you can search your LLC name online: New Hampshire Secretary of State: Business Search. Click on your LLC name, click “Filing History” at the bottom, and then look for your recent Annual Report in the list.
Submit your New Hampshire LLC Annual Report Online
So just before this you should have clicked the “Add to Shopping Cart and Checkout” button.
Certificate of Good Standing pop-up
A Certificate of Good Standing costs $5.
What is it? A Certificate of Good Standing is a letter from the state that says your LLC is in a “Good Standing” status. This just means it’s up-to-date on all its Annual Report filings.
This document isn’t required. It’s optional.
Select “Yes” or “No“. Then on the next page, click “Proceed to Checkout“.
I would like to pay using
Select “Credit Card” and your total charges will appear below. Then click the “Pay Securely using a Credit Card” button.
A popup message will appear stating that you’ll be redirected to a payment gateway. Click the “Ok” button to proceed.
Enter your billing information and then click the “Pay With Your Credit Card” button.
Verification/Approval of a filed LLC Annual Report (online):
Your Annual Report is processed immediately during the online filing. After a successful filing, you’ll be taken to a confirmation page that will look like this:
On the left, click “View Receipt” to download your receipt.
On the right, click “View” to download a copy of your filed Annual Report.
Then click “Done” at the bottom. Congratulations, your New Hampshire LLC Annual Report has been successfully filed.
Note: You’ll also get an email with the same receipt, but the email won’t include a copy of the filed Annual Report.
If you accidentally close the browser tab:
Don’t worry, you can still download your filed Annual Report. Search your LLC online (New Hampshire Secretary of State: Business Search). Click on your LLC name and then click “Filing History” at the bottom. Then look for your recent Annual Report in the list.
Once you have reviewed this information (and set a calendar reminder), or filed your New Hampshire LLC Annual Report, you can then proceed to the next lesson: New Hampshire Business Licenses & Permits.
New Hampshire Secretary of State Contact Info
If you have any questions, you can contact the New Hampshire Secretary of State at 603-271-3246.
Their hours are Monday through Friday, from 8am to 4:30pm Eastern Time.