Virginia Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your Virginia 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:Virginia State Corporation Commission

Articles of Organization of a Virginia Limited Liability Company


Notice to Virginia Limited Liability Companies

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$100 + optional $100-200 expedite fee


~3-5 business days plus mail time. Next-day service for $100 expedite fee. Same-day service for $200 expedite fee. File online and receive immediate confirmation (no expedite fee); however, note that after hours the effective date is marked the start of the next business day.


Code of Virginia - Title 13.1: Corporations - Chapter 12: Virginia Limited Liability Company Act


Submit the original signed articles. Professional LLCs have other formation requirements.

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