Michigan Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your Michigan 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:Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Bureau of Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing - Corporations Division

Articles of Organization

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person or online. MICH-ELF filers may file by fax or e-mail.

Agency Fee:

$50 + optional $50-1,000 expedite service


~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


Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) - Chapter 450: Corporations - Act 23 of 1993: Michigan Limited Liability Company Act

  • Submit one original of this document. Upon filing, the document will be added to the records of the Corporations Bureau. The original will be returned to your registered office address, unless you specify otherwise. There are separate formation forms, fees, and instructions for a Michigan professional LLC.
  • Veteran-owned LLCs can apply to have the formation fee waived by following the instructions on this page.
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