Kentucky Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your Kentucky 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.


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:Kentucky Secretary of State

Articles of Organization

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, or online

Agency Fee:

$40. Fee is waived for veteran-owned LLCs.


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


KRS § 275.020

  • Kentucky also offers Non-Profit LLCs and Professional Service LLCs, which have different forms and fees.
  • If you wish to abbreviate “limited company,” you must use the abbreviation “LTD CO.”
  • A file stamped postcard will be sent to the principal office address.
  • If filing via mail or in person, one exact or conformed copy of the documents with the filing fee must be submitted.
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