Virginia LLC

How to Form an LLC in Virginia

How to Form an LLC in VirginiaA Virginia 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 Virginia is simple. Search your Virginia LLC name in the state database, file your LLC Articles of Organization and pay the state filing fee ($100).

After your Virginia LLC is approved, complete your Operating Agreement, obtain a Federal Tax ID Number, and pay your $50 Annual Registration Fee every year (see Lesson 2 video at 7m 30s).

We’ve created a free video course that will walk you through forming your own Virginia 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. cheryl October 21, 2017

    I am the only member of my llc and would like to add a non member as a signer on the business account in case of emergencies…does her ability to draw from the account dissolve upon my death?

    • Matt Horwitz October 23, 2017

      Hi Cheryl, I imagine it does not, but I’d check with the bank (as I’m not 100% sure), since adding this non-member as a signer would be done with the bank, and likely on their documentation. Whichever option you choose, I’d also draft a separate document (or add to your Operating Agreement) which includes your desired outcome. Also keep in mind, that if you pass away, and even with an agreement in place, that might not stop someone from continuing to draw on the account.

  2. Lakishia Banister February 2, 2018

    Hey Matt,

    Your videos walked me right through this process. I had no idea who to turn to, but once I came across your info on YouTube, I just ate up the information. I sent my paperwork yesterday to become an LLC. Thank you!

    How long does it usually take for them to let you know if they have approved your LLC?

    • Matt Horwitz February 3, 2018

      Hey Laskishia, SO AWESOME to hear!! Congratulations! Virginia LLCs are typically approved by the state in 10-15 business days. Hope that helps!

      • Lakishia Banister February 5, 2018

        Thank you. That is helpful!

        • Matt Horwitz February 9, 2018

          You’re welcome :)

  3. Faith February 11, 2018

    Let’s say I set up an LLC in Virginia, but move to Florida. Can I still operate with that company or do I need another type of entity to be able to operate across state borders?

    • Matt Horwitz February 12, 2018

      Hi Faith, there are usually 3 ways to “move” an LLC. Domesticate the LLC from Virginia to Florida, shut down the Virginia LLC then form a Florida LLC, or register the Virginia LLC as a Foreign LLC in Florida. How soon are you moving to Florida? If relatively soon, you could also consider just forming the LLC in Florida. Hope that helps.

      • Faith Blackwood February 12, 2018

        Thank you so much for your help. I may just register a new LLC altogether in Florida as I anticipate moving between both states quite a bit. The plan is to work in Virginia during Spring and Summer and do similar work in Florida during Autumn and Winter…getting to be that age, you see :)

        • Matt Horwitz February 14, 2018

          Hi Faith, I hear you. Sounds nice :) I think the Florida LLC would be a good route to go then. In terms of setting up an address, Florida is a unique state in that they specifically allow your Registered Agent address (as well as all other addresses on the Articles of Organization) to be a virtual office, private mailbox, or commercial mail receiving agency. So you could set up an address with The UPS Store (or similar company) and use that to form your Florida LLC. You can also serve as your Florida LLC’s Registered Agent to save money. If you’re going to setup an address like that, we’ve put together a private mailbox questionnaire which should help you find the best one to go with. Hope that helps!

          • Faith Blackwood February 15, 2018

            Wow! Thank your for all your help. This is great information to have.

            • Matt Horwitz February 21, 2018

              You’re very welcome Faith!

        • Edward February 20, 2018


          I’m in a similar situation as Faith. When bouncing between states every few years, would it be best to have an LLC in both states or register one as a foreign-LLC?

          • Matt Horwitz February 21, 2018

            Hey Edward, taking into considering your comment from the other webpage, I think forming a Domestic LLC in Florida is the way to go, then registering as a Foreign LLC in the state where you are for a few years. Hope that helps.

            • Edward February 21, 2018

              Thank you!

  4. Michelle March 13, 2018

    Hi Matt,
    I am expanding my real estate portfolio and decided to form an LLC. I spoke with someone who recommended setting up a separate LLC for each rental property for peace of mind. I currently reside in VA and have a property in CA. Will I need to form an LLC in the state in which my property resides in? CA fees are high so I am looking into all of my options. Also, if my husband and I are the only members would we be forming an LLC Partnership?


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