How to form an LLC in Tennessee
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Tennessee.
Tennessee LLC costs:
State LLC filing fee: $300 (one-time fee)
Annual report fee: $300 (every year)
★ Check out Northwest vs LegalZoom
In this lesson, we will walk you through filing your Articles of Organization with the Tennessee Secretary of State. This is the document that officially forms your Tennessee LLC.
Please watch the video instructions below:
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)
(check out Northwest vs LegalZoom)
Tennessee LLC Filing Fee
If your LLC has 1-6 members, your LLC filing fee is $300.
More than 6 Members:
If your LLC has more than 6 members, you will add an additional $50 per member for each member over 6.
- If you have 7 members, your filing fee is $300 + $50 (+1 member) = $350.
- If you have 10 members, your filing fee is $300 + $200 (+4 members) = $500.
Note: The “LLC filing fee” (the fee to create a Tennessee LLC) is the same thing as the “Articles of Organization fee”. The Articles of Organization is the document, that once approved by the Secretary of State’s office, creates your Tennessee LLC.
Make sure you have read the Tennessee Registered Agent page. You have 4 options for who can be your LLC’s Registered Agent.
Note, if you hired Northwest Registered Agent, their SOS Control Number is 000593933. You’ll need to list this in your Articles of Organization.
Accepted Forms of Payment – File Online
Credit card or debit card.
Accepted Forms of Payment – File by Mail
Check or money order.
Make check or money order payable to “Tennessee Secretary of State”.
Filing Instructions – File Online
If you file online, you will fill out your Articles of Organization on the State’s website, then submit them electronically, and pay the filing fee with a debit or credit card. There is also a small “convenience fee” for online filing.
Filing Instructions – File by Mail
If you file by mail, you will fill out your Articles of Organization on the State’s website, then print them out and mail them to the State along with a check or money order to pay the filing fee.
Mail your Articles of Organization with your check or money order (for $300, made payable to the “Tennessee Secretary of State”) to:
Secretary of State
Attn: Corporate Filing
6th Floor – Snodgrass Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Nashville, TN 37243
Expected Approval Time – Submitting by Mail
When submitting documents through the mail, your LLC will be approved in 5-7 business days.
Note: Filing times may take longer due to the current global situation and government delays. For the most up-to-date LLC processing times, check how long does it take to get an LLC in Tennessee.
Approval comes in the form a stamped and approved Articles of Organization along with your Acknowledgment Letter.
Expected Approval Time – Submitting Online
When submitting documents online, your LLC will be approved instantly.
When you finish and pay online, you’ll be able to print your approved Articles of Organization and Acknowledgment Letter in PDF format.
State Contact Information
Once your LLC is approved you can proceed to the next Lesson: Operating Agreement.