Articles of Organization

The articles of organization is a legal document filed with the Secretary of State to create a Limited Liability Company (LLC). The below table will help you identify the state articles of organization template, the fee to file the application, and with which agency to file your articles.

Please note that the information below is for forming a traditional limited liability company, not a professional LLC, L3C, or other specialized entity.

If you would like help preparing and filing your articles of organization, please consider our LLC Formation Services. You work with a specialist one-on-one who prepares and files your documents.

Alabama

Our Resources:

Alabama Startup Guide

State fee

$100 + minimum $50 Office of the Judge of Probate fee + optional $100 expedite fee

Turnaround

~7-10 business days at the probate's office. Then ~6 months at the secretary of state unless you pay the $100 expedite fee for ~10-14 day turnaround.

Agency

Alabama Secretary of State - Business Services Division

Alaska

Our Resources:

Alaska Startup Guide

State fee

$150 filing fee + $100 biennial license fee = $250 total

Turnaround

Immediately online. ~10-15 business days by paper.

Agency

Alaska Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing

Arizona

Our Resources:

Arizona Startup Guide

State fee

$50 + optional $35 expedite fee

Turnaround

See state-published current processing times (usually about two months). ~7-10 business days for $35 expedite fee.

Agency

Arizona Corporation Commission - Corporations Division

Arkansas

Our Resources:

Arkansas Startup Guide

State fee

$50 paper. $45 online.

Turnaround

~2-3 business days

Agency

Arkansas Secretary of State - Business and Commercial Services Division (BCS)

California

Our Resources:

California Startup Guide

State fee

$70 by mail or $85 in-person + optional $250-$500 preclearance service + optional $350-$500 expedited filing service

Agency

California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division

Colorado

Our Resources:

Colorado Startup Guide

State fee

$50

Turnaround

Immediately

Agency

Colorado Secretary of State

Connecticut

Our Resources:

Connecticut Startup Guide

State fee

$120 + optional $50 expedite fee

Turnaround

~3-5 business days. ~24 hours for $50 expedite fee.

Agency

Connecticut Secretary of State - Commercial Recording Division

Delaware

Our Resources:

Delaware Startup Guide

State fee

$90 + optional $50-$1000 expedite fee

Turnaround

~3 weeks. ~24 hours for $50 state expedite fee. Same-day for $100 state expedite fee. ~2 hours for $500 state expedite fee. 1 hour for $1000 state expedite fee.

Agency

Delaware Department of State - Division of Corporations

District of Columbia

Our Resources:

District of Columbia Startup Guide

State fee

$220 + optional $50-$100 expedite fee

Turnaround

~3-4 weeks by mail. ~10 business days online. ~3 business days for $50 expedite fee. ~1 business day for $100 expedite fee. In-person documents are expedited and processed same-day.

Agency

District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Corporations Division

Florida

Our Resources:

Florida Startup Guide

State fee

$125

Turnaround

~1-3 days online. ~8-17 days by mail

Agency

Florida Department of State - Division of Corporations

Georgia

Our Resources:

Georgia Startup Guide

State fee

$100

Turnaround

~5-12 business days

Agency

Georgia Secretary of State

Hawaii

Our Resources:

Hawaii Startup Guide

State fee

$51 + optional $25 expedite fee

Turnaround

~7-14 business days by mail. ~3-5 business days by fax, in-person, or online. ~1-3 business days if you file online and pay the $25 expedite fee.

Agency

Hawaii Business Registration Division (BREG)

Idaho

Our Resources:

Idaho Startup Guide

State fee

$100 + optional $20 expedite fee

Turnaround

~1 week. ~1 business day with $20 expedite fee.

Agency

Idaho Secretary of State

Illinois

Our Resources:

Illinois Startup Guide

State fee

$150 + optional $100 expedite fee. The expedite fee is required if you file online.

Turnaround

~2 weeks by mail or fax. ~1 business days with $100 expedite fee.

Agency

Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department

Indiana

Our Resources:

Indiana Startup Guide

State fee

$100

Turnaround

~15 minutes online. ~24 hours in-person. ~5-7 business days by mail.

Agency

Indiana Secretary of State - Business Services Division

Iowa

Our Resources:

Iowa Startup Guide

State fee

$50

Turnaround

~1-2 business days

Agency

Iowa Secretary of State

Kansas

Our Resources:

Kansas Startup Guide

State fee

$165 + optional $20 fax fee

Turnaround

Immediately online. ~2-3 business days by paper.

Agency

Kansas Secretary of State

Kentucky

Our Resources:

Kentucky Startup Guide

State fee

$40

Turnaround

~3-5 business days by mail or online. While you wait if you file in-person.

Agency

Kentucky Secretary of State

Louisiana

Our Resources:

Louisiana Startup Guide

State fee

$100 + optional $30-$50 expedite fee

Turnaround

~1 week. ~24 hours for $30 expedite fee. While-you-wait with in-person filing for $50 expedite fee.

Agency

Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division

Maine

Our Resources:

Maine Startup Guide

State fee

$175 + optional $50-100 expedite fee

Turnaround

~14 business days. ~24 hours for $50 expedite fee. Immediately for $100 expedite fee.

Agency

Maine Secretary of State - Bureau of Corporations, Elections, and Commissions

Maryland

Our Resources:

Maryland Startup Guide

State fee

$100 + optional $5 returned mail fee + optional $50 expedited service fee. The expedite fee is required to file online, by fax, or in-person.

Turnaround

~10+ weeks. ~7 business days with expedite fee online or by fax. Same-day if filed in-person with expedite fee by 4:15pm.

Agency

Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT)

Massachusetts

Our Resources:

Massachusetts Startup Guide

State fee

$500 + optional $25 expedite fee

Turnaround

~2-3 business days by mail (plus mail time). ~1-2 business days by fax with $25 expedite fee.

Agency

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth

Michigan

Our Resources:

Michigan Startup Guide

State fee

$50 + optional $50-1,000 expedite service

Turnaround

~5-7 business days with returned documents in ~4 weeks. ~24 hours for $50. Same day for $100. 2 hours for $500. 1 hour for $1,000. See Expedited Service Request

Agency

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Bureau of Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing - Corporations Division

Minnesota

Our Resources:

Minnesota Startup Guide

State fee

$135 by mail. $155 online or expedited in-person.

Turnaround

~5-7 business days by mail. ~24hrs online.

Agency

Minnesota Secretary of State

Mississippi

Our Resources:

Mississippi Startup Guide

State fee

$50

Turnaround

~2-3 business days

Agency

Mississippi Secretary of State

Missouri

Our Resources:

Missouri Startup Guide

State fee

$50 online. $105 by mail or fax.

Turnaround

~1 day online. ~1-3 days by fax. ~4-7 business days by mail.

Agency

Missouri Secretary of State - Corporations Division

Montana

Our Resources:

Montana Startup Guide

State fee

$70 + optional $20-100 expedite fee

Turnaround

~10 business days. 24 hour service for $20. 1 hour service for $100.

Agency

Montana Secretary of State

Nebraska

Our Resources:

Nebraska Startup Guide

State fee

$100 + $5/page recording fee

Turnaround

~1-2 business days online. ~5-7 business days by mail.

Agency

Nebraska Secretary of State

Nevada

Our Resources:

Nevada Startup Guide

State fee

$75 + optional $125 expedite fee

Turnaround

~1 week by mail. 24 hours for $125 expedite fee. File online immediately.

Agency

Nevada Secretary of State

New Hampshire

Our Resources:

New Hampshire Startup Guide

State fee

$100

Turnaround

~6 weeks

Agency

New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division

New Jersey

Our Resources:

New Jersey Startup Guide

State fee

$125 + optional $25-$1,000 expedite fee + optional $.10/page for a return fax

Turnaround

~4 weeks. ~8.5 hours for $25 expedited fee. Same-day for $50 expedite fee. ~2 hours for $500 expedite fee. ~1 hour for $1,000 expedite fee.

Agency

New Jersey Department of the Treasury

New Mexico

Our Resources:

New Mexico Startup Guide

State fee

$50 + optional $100-150 expedite fee

Turnaround

~3 months. ~2 business days for $100 expedite fee. ~1 business day for $150 expedite fee.

Agency

New Mexico Secretary of State - Corporations Bureau

New York

Our Resources:

New York Startup Guide

State fee

$200 + optional $25-150 expedite fee

Turnaround

~14 business days. Within 24 hours for $25 expedite fee. On the same day for $75 expedite fee. Within 2 hours of receipt for $150 expedite fee.

Agency

New York Department of State - Division of Corporations, State Records and Uniform Commercial Code

North Carolina

Our Resources:

North Carolina Startup Guide

State fee

$125 + optional $100-200 expedite fee

Turnaround

~5-7 business days. 24 hours for $100 expedite fee. Same day for $200 expedite fee (submit by noon).

Agency

North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division

North Dakota

Our Resources:

North Dakota Startup Guide

State fee

$135

Turnaround

~30 days. No expedite options available.

Agency

North Dakota Secretary of State

Ohio

Our Resources:

Ohio Startup Guide

State fee

$99 + optional $50 preclearance + optional $100-300 expedite service

Turnaround

~3-7 business days. ~2 business days for $100 expedite fee. ~1 business day for $200 expedite fee. ~4 hours for $300 expedite fee and if delivered in-person by 1PM.

Agency

Ohio Secretary of State

Oklahoma

Our Resources:

Oklahoma Startup Guide

State fee

$100 + optional $25 expedite fee for in-person same-day service

Turnaround

~7-10 business days by mail. ~1 business day online or when filed in-person with $25 expedite fee.

Agency

Oklahoma Secretary of State - Business Filing Department

Oregon

Our Resources:

Oregon Startup Guide

State fee

$100

Turnaround

~1 business day online or in-person/courier. ~1-2 business days by fax. ~7-10 business days by mail.

Agency

Oregon Secretary of State - Corporations Division

Pennsylvania

Our Resources:

Pennsylvania Startup Guide

State fee

$125

Turnaround

~5-10 business days.

Agency

Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations

Rhode Island

Our Resources:

Rhode Island Startup Guide

State fee

$150

Turnaround

~7 business days by mail or online. Same day for in-person filings.

Agency

Rhode Island Secretary of State

South Carolina

Our Resources:

South Carolina Startup Guide

State fee

$110

Turnaround

~7-10 business days by mail. ~1-2 business days online.

Agency

South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Business Filings

South Dakota

Our Resources:

South Dakota Startup Guide

State fee

$150 + optional $50 expedite fee.

Turnaround

~3-5 business days. Expedited service is defined as completion sooner than the normal course of business upon request.

Agency

South Dakota Secretary of State

Tennessee

Our Resources:

Tennessee Startup Guide

State fee

$50 per member in existence on the date of the filing, with a minimum fee of $300 and a maximum fee of $3,000

Turnaround

~4 business days by mail. ~2 days online. Immediately in-person.

Agency

Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Business Services

Texas

Our Resources:

Texas Startup Guide

State fee

$300

Turnaround

~3-5 business days by mail or fax.

Agency

Texas Secretary of State - Corporations Section

Utah

Our Resources:

Utah Startup Guide

State fee

$70 + optional $75 expedite fee.

Turnaround

~14 business days by mail or fax. ~1 business day online. ~1-2 business days by mail or fax with $75 expedite fee.

Agency

Utah Department of Commerce - Division of Corporations and Commerical Code

Vermont

Our Resources:

Vermont Startup Guide

State fee

$125

Turnaround

~5-7 business days

Agency

Vermont Secretary of State - Division of Corporations

Virginia

Our Resources:

Virginia Startup Guide

State fee

$100 + optional $100-200 expedite fee

Turnaround

~3-5 business days plus mail time. Next-day service for $100 expedite fee. Same-day service for $200 expedite fee. File online and receive immediate confirmation (no expedite fee); however, note that after hours the effective date is marked the start of the next business day.

Agency

Virginia State Corporation Commission

Washington

Our Resources:

Washington Startup Guide

State fee

$180 by mail or in-person. $230 expedited by mail or in-person. $200 online.

Turnaround

~2 months by paper. ~2-3 business days expedited paper or online.

Agency

Washington Secretary of State - Corporations Division

West Virginia

Our Resources:

West Virginia Startup Guide

State fee

$100

Turnaround

~1-2 business days mail or online.

Agency

West Virginia Secretary of State - Business and Licensing Division

Wisconsin

Our Resources:

Wisconsin Startup Guide

State fee

$170 paper or $130 online. Optional $25 expedite fee by either filing method.

Turnaround

~4-7 business days. ~1 business day for $25 expedite fee.

Agency

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) - Corporation Section

Wyoming

Our Resources:

Wyoming Startup Guide

State fee

$100

Turnaround

~3-5 business days

Agency

Wyoming Secretary of State - Business Division

Puerto Rico

Our Resources:

Puerto Rico Startup Guide

State fee

$250

Turnaround

Expedited filing is available for the following additional fees: $100 for 24 hour turnaround, $200 for next day service, or $500 for 2 hour turnaround.

Agency

Puerto Rico Department of State (Departamento de Estado)

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