Pennsylvania Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your Pennsylvania 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:Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations

Certificate of Organization

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:



~5-10 business days.


15 Pa. Code Ch. 89

  • You need to file a PA docketing statement with your certificate.
  • The $125 certificate of organization fee is waived for veterans. Filers requesting a veteran/reservist-owned small business fee exemption should attach proof of the veteran’s or reservist’s status to the Certificate of Organization form when submitted.
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