North Carolina LLC

How to Form an LLC in North Carolina

How to Form an LLC in North CarolinaA North Carolina 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 North Carolina is simple. Search your North Carolina LLC name in the state database, designate your Registered Agent, file your LLC Articles of Organization and pay the state filing fee ($125).

After your North Carolina LLC is approved, complete your Operating Agreement, obtain a Federal Tax ID Number, file your Annual Report ($200).

We’ve created a free video course that will walk you through forming your own North Carolina, 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.

Need to save time? Have a professional LLC service file for you:
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  1. Brian February 10, 2017

    If I want to use the name for a LLC in North Carolina that has been used previously by another person and is now listed as dissolved, how long do I have to wait?

    • Matt Horwitz February 13, 2017

      Hey Brian, apologies for the slow reply. I’m not in front of our all our NC data on the moment, but if you call the state tomorrow (919-807-2225) they’ll tell you how long. Their hours are hours are 8am – 5pm. Hope that helps!

  2. Mandy February 27, 2017

    What if you have an Llc that is taxed as a corporation. Do you pay $200 or $25?

    • Matt Horwitz February 28, 2017

      Hi Mandy, I am not 100% certain on this one. Can you please call the NC Secretary of State (919-807-2225, 8am – 5pm) to check. I’d be curious to hear what you find out!

  3. Anthony February 28, 2017

    How can I turn my current LLC into S-Corp are Corporation ? If I was looking to incorporate another business into my current LLC ? Do I merger them together ? Are do I just file a new LLC with NC ? Thanks

    • Matt Horwitz February 28, 2017

      Hi Anthony, an “LLC to C-Corporation” would be a conversion. An “LLC to S-Corporation” can either be a conversion (form a C-Corporation then elect subchapter S taxation with the IRS), or you can file Form 2553 with the IRS and have the LLC be taxed as an S-Corporation. A lot of people want to form a company under another company (ex: LLC ABC owns LLC XYZ) without a whole lot of reason. Unless your accountant and/or attorney has advised this strategy, it’s simplest to form a new LLC with you as the owner. Having said that, there are a lot of ways to go about this. Hope that helps. Let me know if you need more info.

  4. Natasha July 25, 2017

    Hi Matt, on the new cover sheet for NC at the bottom it ask for the business entity and type of document, do I need to fill this part out, if so what would I put? I would greatly appreciate your assistance.


    • Matt Horwitz July 25, 2017

      Hey Natasha, to the right of “Name of Entity”, enter your LLC name. To the right of “Type of Document”, enter “L-01, Articles of Organization”. Hope that helps!

      • Natasha July 25, 2017

        Matt, you have been a huge help! Yes it helped, Thank you so much!

        • Matt Horwitz July 26, 2017

          You’re very welcome Natasha!


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