Maine Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your Maine LLC.

Preparing and filing your articles of organization is the first step in starting your limited liability company (LLC). Approval of this document secures your business name and creates the legal entity of the LLC. Only after this approval can you obtain a Federal Tax ID (EIN), open a bank account, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.

Benefits

Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of the members (owners) and managers
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
  • Adds credibility

Fast Facts

Agency:Maine Secretary of State - Bureau of Corporations, Elections, and Commissions
Form:

Form MLLC-6: Certificate of Formation

Instructions:

Rules for Limited Liability Companies

Filing Method:

Mail or in-person

Agency Fee:

$175 + optional $50-100 expedite fee

Turnaround:

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

Law:

Maine Revised Statues - Title 31, Chapter 21: Limited Liability Companies

Notes:

When filing by mail, include the filer contact cover form. Original inked signatures are required.

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