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Starting a North Dakota LLC

How to start an LLCA 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 has a few steps.

Search your North Dakota LLC name in the state database to make sure it’s available. Next, Select your North Dakota LLC Registered Agent.

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

  • You can file your North Dakota LLC 4 different ways: online, by mail, fax, or walk-in.
  • The North Dakota LLC fee $135, regardless of which filing method you choose.
  • If you file online, the state will approve your LLC filing in 5 business days (after they receive your documents).
  • If you file by mail, the state will approve your LLC filing in 5 business days (plus mail time).

Note: Filing times may take longer due to the current global situation and government delays. Please see how long does it take to get an LLC in North Dakota.

Check out LLC Cost in North Dakota for more info about fees.

After your North Dakota LLC is approved, complete your North Dakota LLC Operating Agreement and get your North Dakota EIN Number (aka Federal Tax ID Number) from the IRS. Next, check whether your LLC needs a North Dakota Business License or other permits to operate.

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

And every year, your small business must file any required North Dakota LLC Taxes. We recommend hiring an accountant for help.

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Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Matt Horwitz has been the leading expert on LLC education for the past decade. He founded LLC University in 2010 after realizing people needed simple and actionable instructions to start an LLC that other companies weren't offering. He's cited by Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the US Chamber of Commerce, and was featured by CNBC and InventRight.
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  1. Would I be able to open an investments LLC for my own personal investing in crypto currencys’?

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

  2. Hello,
    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?

    • 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.


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