North Dakota LLC

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How to Form an LLC in North Dakota

How to Form an LLC in North DakotaA North Dakota 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.

A North Dakota 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 Dakota is simple. Search your North Dakota LLC name in the state database and select your Registered Agent.

File your Articles of Organization with the North Dakota Secretary of State and wait for your LLC to be approved.

You can file your LLC by mail or by fax. The North Dakota state filing fee is $135 in both cases. LLC approval times (for mail and fax filings) are 2-3 weeks.

Currently, the North Dakota Secretary of State does not have an online filing for LLCs, but we’ve spoken with them and they’ve told us “it’s in the works”. The online filing system may be launched in late 2017 (possibly 2018), but for now, you can only file for an LLC in North Dakota by mail or by fax.

After your North Dakota LLC is approved, complete your Operating Agreement and get your Federal Tax ID Number (aka EIN) from the IRS.

In order to keep your North Dakota LLC in compliance with the Secretary of State, you need to file an Annual Report each year. The North Dakota state fee is $50.

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

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

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Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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Disclaimer: Nothing on this page shall be interpreted as legal or tax advice. Rules and regulations vary by location. They also change over time and are specific to your situation. Furthermore, this comment section is provided so people can share their thoughts and experience. Please consult a licensed professional if you have legal or tax questions.


  1. Jerry Barnes May 18, 2017

    Thank you or your web site and guidance, it is very well done. I have a question for you.
    One major benefit of an LLC is to protect your other assets. If I have a business that is an LLC and another business that is not an LLC, can a lawsuit against the non-LLC business impact my LLC business assets?

    • Matt Horwitz May 18, 2017

      You’re very welcome Jerry! Thank you for the kind words :) No, a lawsuit against your non-LLC business will not impact the assets of your LLC business, since they are separate legal entities. Essentially, the more legal entities you form for various assets and businesses, the more protected each asset/business is (as opposed to holding all of your assets/businesses in 1 LLC). Hope that helps.

  2. David B May 11, 2018

    Would I be able to open an investments LLC for my own personal investing in crypto currencys’?

    • Matt Horwitz May 16, 2018

      Hi David, yes, LLCs can be used to invest in crypto. Many exchanges have a “corporate registration” section. Hope that helps.


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