North Carolina Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your North Carolina 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:North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division

L-01: Articles of Organization

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, or online.  You may also file online by uploading the signed document.

Agency Fee:

$125 + optional $100-200 expedite fee


~5-7 business days. 24 hours for $100 expedite fee. Same day for $200 expedite fee (submit by noon).


North Carolina Limited Liability Company Act


L3Cs have different formation requirements.

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