Every North Carolina LLC must file an Annual Report each year.
Note: The state has updated and redesigned their website since the recording of this LLC Annual Report video, however, the information and steps are still similar. Thank you for your understanding.
If you are changing the name of your Registered Agent, you will need to print out your pre-populated Annual Report on the State’s website, have your new Registered Agent sign, and then mail it in along with your check or money order.
If you are not changing the name of your Registered Agent, you will fill out your Annual Report on the State’s website, then submit it electronically, and pay the filing fee with a debit or credit card.
The Annual Report is due on April 15th every year.
Accepted Forms of Payment – Filing by Mail
Check or Money Order
Make check or money order payable to “North Carolina Secretary of State”.
Accepted Forms of Payment – Filing Online
Credit Card or Debit Card
Filing Instructions – by Mail
If you file by mail you will print out your pre-populated Annual Report on the State’s website, and then mail it in with your check or money order.
Mail your Annual Report with your check or money order (for $200, made payable to the “North Carolina Secretary of State”) to:
Secretary of State
Post Office Box 29525
Raleigh, NC 27626-0525
Filing Instructions – Online
If you file online, you will fill out your Annual Report on the State’s website, then submit it electronically, and pay the filing fee with a debit or credit card.
Which year to select from the drop down?
Assuming you have no prior outstanding Annual Report(s) due, you’ll be selecting the current year in the “Report(s) for the year(s)” drop down menu.
For example, if it’s currently 2023 and we’re approaching the April 15th 2023 deadline, the report that needs to be filed by 4/15/2023 is the “2023 LLC Annual Report”, so you’d select “2023” from the drop down menu.
You’d select a prior year if that Annual Report hasn’t been filed yet. Said another way, the LLC’s Annual Report is for the year it is in, not for the prior year.
If you do not submit your Annual Report within 60 days of the due date, then your LLC may be administratively dissolved and shut down.
What to Expect
If you file by mail, the State does not send you a receipt or any documents. However, you can download a copy of your Annual Report from the State’s website a few days after you submit it.
If you file online, you’ll receive a success message on the State’s website and then be able to print out a copy of your Annual Report and save it for your business records.
State Contact Information
Department of the Secretary of State
Phone: 919-814-5400 (hours: 8am – 5pm Eastern)
Once your LLC is approved you can proceed to the next Lesson: Taxes.