Articles of Organization

The articles of organization is a legal document filed with the Secretary of State to create a Limited Liability Company (LLC).


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Alabama

Alabama LLC 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

Alaska LLC 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

Arizona LLC 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

Arkansas LLC 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

California LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

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

Turnaround:

Current state processing times or pay for preclearance and expedite services

Agency:

California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division

Colorado

Colorado LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$50

Turnaround:

Immediately

Agency:

Colorado Secretary of State

Connecticut

Connecticut LLC 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

Delaware LLC 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

District of Columbia LLC 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:

DCRA Corporations Division

Florida

Florida LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$125

Turnaround:

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

Agency:

Florida Department of State - Division of Corporations

Georgia

Georgia LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$100

Turnaround:

~5-12 business days

Agency:

Georgia Secretary of State

Hawaii

Hawaii LLC 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

Idaho LLC 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

Illinois LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$500 + 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

Indiana LLC 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

Iowa LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$50

Turnaround:

~1-2 business days

Agency:

Iowa Secretary of State

Kansas

Kansas LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$165 + optional $20 fax fee

Turnaround:

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

Agency:

Kansas Secretary of State

Kentucky

Kentucky LLC 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

Louisiana LLC 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

Maine LLC 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

Maryland LLC 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

Massachusetts LLC 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

Michigan LLC 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) - Corporations Division

Minnesota

Minnesota LLC 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

Mississippi LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$50

Turnaround:

~2-3 business days

Agency:

Mississippi Secretary of State

Missouri

Missouri LLC 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

Montana LLC 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

Nebraska LLC 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

Nevada LLC 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

New Hampshire LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$100

Turnaround:

~6 weeks

Agency:

New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division

New Jersey

New Jersey LLC 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

New Mexico LLC 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

New York LLC 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

North Carolina LLC 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 - Corporations Division

North Dakota

North Dakota LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$135

Turnaround:

~30 days. No expedite options available.

Agency:

North Dakota Secretary of State

Ohio

Ohio LLC 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

Oklahoma LLC 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

Oregon LLC 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

Pennsylvania LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$125

Turnaround:

~5-10 business days.

Agency:

Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations

Rhode Island

Rhode Island LLC 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

South Carolina LLC 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

South Dakota LLC 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

Tennessee LLC 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

Texas LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$300

Turnaround:

~3-5 business days by mail or fax.

Agency:

Texas Secretary of State - Corporations Section

Utah

Utah LLC 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

Vermont

Vermont LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$125

Turnaround:

~5-7 business days

Agency:

Vermont Secretary of State - Division of Corporations

Virginia

Virginia LLC 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

Washington LLC 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

West Virginia LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$100

Turnaround:

~1-2 business days mail or online.

Agency:

West Virginia Secretary of State - Business and Licensing Division

Wisconsin

Wisconsin LLC 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

Wyoming LLC Startup Guide

State fee:

$100

Turnaround:

~3-5 business days

Agency:

Wyoming Secretary of State - Business Division

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