Louisiana Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your Louisiana 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:Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division

Articles of Organization-Louisiana Limited Liability Company

Filing Method:

Mail, fax, in-person, or online.

Agency Fee:

$100 + optional $30-$50 expedite fee


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


Louisiana RS §12:1301 et seq.

  • When filing by mail, include:

    • Transmittal Information cover form
    • Form 365: Articles of Organization for Louisiana Limited Liability Company
    • Form 973: LLC Initial Report
    • Notarized signature
    • Filing fee
  • Louisiana also offers an L3C structure which has other formation requirements.
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