New Hampshire Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your New Hampshire 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:New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division
Form:

Form LLC-1 Certificate of Formation

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100

Turnaround:

~6 weeks

Law:

New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSAs) - Chapter 304-C: New Hampshire Revised Limited Liability Company Act

Notes:
  • You must include the addendum Form SRA. If you are not exempt, you will need to register with the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation before filing your certificate of formation.
  • A general statement of purpose such as "any lawful business" is not acceptable. Furthermore, the law requires a specific primary nature of business such as "sales and manufacturing of disposable products", not a general one such as "sales and manufacturing". Stating a specific purpose does not limit the LLC to engage only in that purpose after formation.
  • Certificate of formation signature must be that of a manager or member.
  • Submit signed originals to the state.
  • Professional LLCs use different forms and formation protocol.
  • The secretary will assign your LLC a charter number, also known as a business ID number (BIN).
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