New York LLC

How to Form an LLC in New York

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This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in New York.

Detailed Lessons:

 

New York LLC Costs:
New York state fee: $200
Certificate of Publication: $50
Newspaper fees: vary by county (read lesson 2)
Biennial Statements: $9, every two years

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How to Form an LLC in New YorkA New York 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 New York is simple. Search your New York LLC name in the state database, file your LLC Articles of Organization and pay the state filing fee ($200), then publish 2 ads to meet the NY Publication Requirement.

After your New York LLC is approved, file your Certificate of Publication ($50), complete your Operating Agreement, obtain a Federal Tax ID Number, and file your Biennial Statements.

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

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

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11 Comments

  1. AT January 18, 2017

    Hello

    I had accidentally input the wrong zip code for my registered agent while filing my Articles of Org. I am using Northwest, and the only thing wrong on it is that I wrote my home zip code by accident. Is this a problem? How would I remedy this if so?

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    • Matt Horwitz January 18, 2017

      Hi Anisa, is the LLC already approved, or did you just recently mail in the forms?

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  2. Rebecca Turnquist April 15, 2017

    We got our bill for almost $1300 when we formed our LLC in upstate NY. Does this seem high or is this average?

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    • Matt Horwitz April 15, 2017

      Hi Rebecca, where did you receive the bill from? Is this from an attorney or a newspaper for publishing ads?

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      • Rebecca Turnquist April 17, 2017

        It was from an attorney

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      • Rebecca Turnquist April 17, 2017

        It was from our attorney

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        • Matt Horwitz April 17, 2017

          Thanks. Curious, did it include the newspaper publication requirement (runnings ads, and filing the Affidavits of Publication with your Certificate of Publication)? Either way, that’s pretty standard for an attorney to handle the process. Hope that helps.

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  3. Silas June 28, 2017

    I followed the steps for forming LLC from your youtube video for NY state Albany County. I received a confirmation email with the digital copy of the company certificate copy. Does that mean that I am all set and the company is formed successfully? Do they send any documents to me or my agent?

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    • Matt Horwitz June 28, 2017

      Hey Silas, yup, you’re all set! The state will actually be emailing you your stamped and approved Articles of Organization. It arrives within a few minutes of filing online. Nothing is sent to the Registered Agent.

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  4. Donovan July 20, 2017

    Thanks for your great videos.
    Do I need to file for a trademark with NYS before filing for my llc?

    What is the link to file my llc?

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    • Matt Horwitz July 21, 2017

      If you want your trademark owned by your LLC (and not you), then you’d form the LLC first. Also, filing a trademark with the state only offers statewide protection (not national protection). If you want national protection on a trademark, you’d file with the USPTO. Either way, we strongly recommend working with an IP attorney. Regarding the online filing for LLCs in NY, visit this link: https://www.dos.ny.gov/corps/index.html, then look under “Select Links” in the right sidebar. Under “Online Filings”, click “LLC Formation”.

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