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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51 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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  5. Alice September 27, 2017

    Hello
    I am planning to start an LLC with a lengthy name. (like for example Alice wonderful Services llc) . But for my LLC email i will be using a shortcut of my LLC (for example [email protected]). For registration purposes in NY State, should i need to use both the names like Alice wonderful Services ( ( AWC ) LLC or can i use ONLY the Alice wonderful Services LLC to register and use the AWC.com as my company’s email address. If i register only the Alice wonderful Services LLC, will there be a chance that someone can register their company as AWC LLC after my registration.
    I am planning to apply for the government services as AWC LLC.
    In the paper advertisements do i need to advertise both the names?

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    • Matt Horwitz September 27, 2017

      Hi Alice, there’s a few things going on here. First, the email address does not matter at all, so you can use anything you’d like. But more importantly, you can’t register with 2 LLC names (unless you filed 2 different LLCs). You’d have to either pick the long version or the short version. You can however, form an LLC with the long name (ex: “Alice Wonderful Services LLC”), and then file an Assumed Name for the short name/abbreviation (ex: “AWS”). But you cannot include the letter “LLC” in the Assumed Name since an Assumed Name and an LLC are two different things. You also cannot form an LLC called “Alice Wonderful Services LLC” and then apply for government services using “AWS LLC”, since you don’t own an LLC by the name “AWS LLC”. You can apply under your Assumed Name though (“AWS”). However, on a lot of government registrations, they’ll want both the full legal name (the LLC name) and any Assumed Names (also known as DBA or Fictitious Name). Further, if you form an LLC called “Alice Wonderful Services LLC”, then yes, someone else can form an LLC called “AWS LLC”. There is no way to control “Alice Wonderful Services LLC” and “AWS LLC” unless you formed 2 LLCs. Hope that helps.

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  6. Richard October 16, 2017

    Matt,

    Thanks for all the valuable information your site has to give.

    If I form a LLC in New York and then move to Delaware, how difficult is it to move my LLC to Delaware? What needs to be done?

    Thanks,
    Rich

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    • Matt Horwitz October 18, 2017

      Hey Rich, thanks for the kind words! When are you moving to Delaware? “Moving” the LLC is usually a pain in the ass, so let me know your timeframe and I should be better able to point you in the right direction. There are usually 3 ways to move an LLC: 1) Shut down NY LLC + form new DE LLC, then transfer assets, setup new bank account, get new EIN, and close account with NY Dept. of Revenue. 2) File Foreign LLC registration in DE. You’ll technically be operating a NY LLC in DE with this filing. 3) Domestication, which is filing a Certificate of Conversion along with a Certificate of Formation (filed at the same time), then dissolving your NY LLC later. But why setup a NY LLC only to shut it down/convert/transfer it so soon. You might drive yourself crazy. If your moving to DE relatively soon, it’ll be easiest/simplest to just form a Domestic LLC in Delaware. Hope that helps.

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  7. Richard October 22, 2017

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for your quick responce.
    I hope to have my New York house sold and be down in Delaware within the next 6 months.
    Will I need to set up a Foreign LLC in NY during the 6 months and if so how do I do that?
    I’m lost when it comes to this and would greatly appreciate any additional advice you can share with me.

    Thanks again,
    Rich

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    • Matt Horwitz October 23, 2017

      Hey Rich, you should be okay to just set up a DE LLC and not worry about the NY foreign registration. It’ll be quite a hassle to file a foreign LLC in NY, meet their publication requirements (which takes a couple months), then cancel the foreign registration. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any followup questions.

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  8. Ahreum January 7, 2018

    Hi Matt, so happy to have found this site! I had paid to form my first LLC and it cost me $1600 and the lawyer went awol after he finished up to getting me an ein but never published and file for certification of publication so did that myself.

    I’m creating a new online business with a partner this time and we have a question about publishing for 6 weeks. We are going to give NYS Queens county address for mails but would like to publish in Albany. Do we absolutely need an Albany Agent? In NYS I read it is not necessary on another online article to have an agent.

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    • Matt Horwitz January 15, 2018

      Hello Ahreum, apologies for the slow reply. First, thanks for the kind words! Second, bummer to hear about your crappy experience. You don’t need a Registered Agent in New York, since the Secretary of State serves as the Agent for Service of Process, but hiring a Registered Agent allows you to state that you have an office in Albany, so you can publish there, and then “move” your office back to Queens County. Hope that helps.

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  9. Marlo February 2, 2018

    Hi, you are doing such great work with this site! I thank you very much for all the information! I am about to use IncFile’s service and realized that after entering Northwest Registered Agency’s address as my office address (yes, I ordered their services through their site – thank you so much!), IncFile is now asking me for my Registered Agency’s address or if I wish to use their address. Do I repeat the same address I gave as my office address in this section or should I claim myself as my own registered agency for now since I am using my RA’s address as my office address? I don’t want to delay my application by fumbling this part. Any help would be great! Thank you!

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    • Matt Horwitz February 3, 2018

      Hi Marlo, thanks so much! I appreciate the kind words. I can’t guarantee that IncFile will file everything correctly, so I’m not 100% sure. You might want to contact them and double-check. They are faster by email than by phone. Also, have you considered filing the Articles of Organization yourself? You’ll get it more precise this way.

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  10. fred February 3, 2018

    You suggested using Northwest as a Registered Agent. Why do they charge for EIN when it free? I’m thinking about signing up with them but the fees don’t make since after watching videos

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    • Matt Horwitz February 9, 2018

      Pretty much any company doing work for you will charge money. Although the cost if free from the IRS, I’ve never seen someone or a company offer to do the work for you at no cost. It’s sort of the “norm” in this industry. But we have a free guide on how you can get it yourself here: LLC Federal Tax ID Number. Make sure your New York LLC is approved first before getting your EIN. Hope that helps.

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  11. Deja February 12, 2018

    Hi Matt,

    First, I’d like to thank you for providing all of this information for free! It’s really been a huge help. Secondly, I plan on using the registered agent method but I also want to have a dba. I checked out the form from the offical website and it asks about the counties the business will be conducting business. My question is whether or not I should wait until after the publication requirements are met and i change the business address to file for the dba? Or should I file after forming the llc and use the registered agent address and the intended future address?
    Again thanks for providing such great content!

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    • Matt Horwitz February 14, 2018

      Hey Deja, thanks for the nice comment. You’re very welcome! If you can, it’ll make things easier if you wait until the publication requirement is met and your address is changed back before filing the DBA. Hope that helps.

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      • Deja February 15, 2018

        Yes, this definitely helps. Thank you!

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        • Matt Horwitz February 21, 2018

          You’re welcome Deja :)

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  12. DG February 26, 2018

    Hi Matt, I’ve already filed for my LLC in NYC through Legal Zoom and am using their recommended Registered Agent. Is it possible to change my RA to the recommended one in Albany for the publication process and then change both my address and agent back again after receiving the newspaper affidavits? Thanks!

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    • Matt Horwitz February 27, 2018

      Hi DG, yes, you can do that. You’ll need to get in touch with LZ and see how they handle the process of cancelling their Registered Agent services (and hopefully providing you a refund). If you’ll be filing the changes yourself (the “change to” and the “change back”), you’ll use the Certificate of Change form. Just make sure to review how your Articles of Organization is completed in order to make sure you are editing/changing the correct items. Hope that helps.

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  13. Ivica Dzunic March 22, 2018

    Good afternoon der Sir
    I posses LLC formed in Delaware with EIN and registered agent adress.
    I pay in time franchise tax and registered agent fee, also FBAR report in time.
    Do not work any bussines in USA, all my works are in Europe, basicaly my residency and physical adress is Serbia.
    Please advice, what is the procedure to transfer my company from Delaware to New York and what would be the costs for transfer and what costs I will have in New York?
    Also plase advice can you be my agent in New York?
    Thank you
    Ivica

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    • Matt Horwitz March 26, 2018

      Hi Ivica, New York doesn’t allow for “redomestication” (transferring/moving an LLC form one state to another). You’ll need to either register your Delaware LLC as a Foreign LLC in New York or dissolve your LLC in Delaware and form a Domestic LLC in New York. If you want to keep the bank account and EIN, it may be easier to register as a Foreign LLC. Keep in mind, either way, you’ll still need to meet New York’s newspaper publication requirement. If you do the Foreign LLC registration, you’ll need to maintain both LLCs and keep them good standing (by filing Annual Reports). We don’t offer Registered Agent services directly, but we do have recommendations on our website. Hope that helps.

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      • Ivica March 29, 2018

        Hallo Dear Mr Horowitz, thank you for your kind reply.
        In adittion can you please advice which state allows “redomestication” (transferring/moving an LLC form one state to another)? Is it possible at all to move llc from state to state without dissiolving it?
        Ragrds
        I

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        • Matt Horwitz March 29, 2018

          H Ivica, we don’t have a list of states (yet) that allow redomestiction and I don’t have the list memorized, but where are you thinking of moving the LLC to? I’m also curious, what is the reason you want to move your LLC out of Delaware?

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  14. Kevin March 28, 2018

    Can I start using my LLC to set up bank accounts and conduct business as soon as it is approved or do I need to obtain the Cert of Publication first?

    Thanks for your generous work!

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    • Matt Horwitz March 28, 2018

      Hey Kevin, you’re very welcome! As soon as your LLC is approved, you can start using your LLC, conducting business, and setting up your LLC bank account. You don’t have to wait for your Filing Receipt for Certificate of Publication. Of course though, you’ll also need your LLC’s EIN before opening the LLC bank account :) Hope that helps!

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      • Kevin March 28, 2018

        Yes, that helps – Thanks again!

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        • Matt Horwitz March 28, 2018

          Awesome. You’re welcome!

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  15. Kathy April 18, 2018

    Hi! I’m starting an e-commerce business soon. Do I need to go through the whole process before I start selling. How soon can I start selling

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    • Matt Horwitz April 21, 2018

      Hi Kathy, if you’re going to run this e-commerce business through your LLC, then yes. The good news is that if you form your New York LLC online, it’s approved within minutes. Hope that helps.

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  16. Les May 15, 2018

    Greetings! I am a retired NYState (tax home) resident residing in the Caribbean. I would like to engage in a Business Yacht Management program as an active participant. There seems to be a push on forming this type of LLC in Delaware and placing the asset in the LLC. If the LLC is getting clients not just the USA but also worldwide, is it still a good option to go with the NY LLC?

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    • Matt Horwitz May 16, 2018

      Hi Les, I don’t know the answer to this question. I recommend running it by a few business attorneys. Thanks for your understanding.

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  17. Silas May 20, 2018

    My question might be very overboard but I have been following your educational series since last year and I thought I give it a shot. Sorry in advance.
    I formed (one member) LLC in NY (Suffolk County), I have registered agent in Albany as you suggested in one of your youtube videos. (mainly for publication)
    I moved to MA and nature of my work is the internet. I change states every year due to nature of my main job. Should I file the change of address everytime or keeping the registered agent is enough?
    Thank you

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    • Matt Horwitz June 17, 2018

      Hi Silas, changing your NY LLC address (I’m assuming you mean the “address for forwarding service of process”) doesn’t “move” your LLC from state to state. It just allows you to get forwarded service of process if it’s served on your LLC. Hope that helps.

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  18. Gbenga June 1, 2018

    I reside in New York and have a sole proprietorship (assumed name) and want to convert it to an LLC and then apply to be certify as Minority Business which must be one year old My question is how do I change or update the existing sole proprietorship to an LLC without loosing my EIN and bank account because I believe those are what will give the history of the business ( I need the history of the sole prop to reflect in the new LLC

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    • Matt Horwitz June 17, 2018

      Hi Gbenga, you’ll want to check with the certifying authority for how they determine history, because I doubt it will be via a bank statement. We have info on changing from a Sole Proprietorship to an LLC here: change from Sole Proprietorship to LLC. You can keep the EIN (and transfer it over to the LLC by sending a letter to the IRS) or you can get a new one after your LLC is approved. Regarding the bank account, I’d visit a branch and see if they can “convert” your Sole Proprietorship bank account over to one in the name of the LLC. Hope that helps.

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      • Gbenga June 17, 2018

        Thank you Matt, God bless!

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  19. Phyliss June 20, 2018

    Hi Matt,
    I am trying to amend the name of a NY State C Corporation. I have already submitted the form twice and followed your information about completing the form but it has been rejected again. Is the procedure different for a C Corporation?
    I have no idea what I am doing wrong.

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    • Matt Horwitz June 20, 2018

      Hi Phyliss, we don’t have links or instructions for New York C-Corporation name changes, however, you’d need to file an amendment. The official name of the form is a Certificate of Amendment of the Certificate of Incorporation. Hope that helps.

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  20. Al June 27, 2018

    Hi Matt,

    I recently opened an llc in NY, now im hearing its better if i file for s-corp tax status since i would need to pay ss and medicare tax on total net vs s-corp i will only have to pay on payroll i take, I.E. if i net 500k in llc i will have to pay 15.3% on 500k but s-corp if i take 100k salary i will only pay 15.3% on 100k, is that true?
    or there’s a limit on llc for how much SS and medicare taxes i pay?

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  21. Marcel France July 15, 2018

    Hi Matt,
    I would like to have a prayer line, where people can meet to pray. it is not a church but we would like to be able to spread the gospel in the streets by distributing flyers or talking to people who want to hear what the word of God says. and helping my community by giving food and clothes to those in need. I want it to be done properly and legally. Here are my questions for you:

    1) do I need more than 2 people to start it? (if 2 is ok could it be me and my wife)

    2) which one I need to take LLC, corporation or incorporate

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  22. yhgfkj July 18, 2018

    hi
    I filled an NY LLC and mistakenly wrote a wrong County
    what do i do now ?

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