LLC Formation Guide: 50 States
This table has links to our LLC formation guides and business name search info for each state.
How to Form an LLC – Business Name Search by State
* State fees are subject to change.
9 Steps – How to Create an LLC
Create an LLC
Step 1: Select a State
Step 2: Choose a Name for Your LLC
Step 3: Choose a Registered Agent
Step 4: Prepare an LLC Operating Agreement
Step 5: File the Organizational Paperwork with the State
Step 6: Obtain a Certificate from the State
Step 7: Obtain an EIN (Employer ID Number)
Step 8: Open a Business Bank Account
Step 9: Register to Do Business in Another State (Optional)
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If you are starting a new business, finding the right service to organize and file all the necessary documents to create a limited liability company can be difficult. I think the best approach for most people is to learn the basic guidelines for your state and then find a trusted LLC service that can help you get through the formation process.
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Cost to Form an LLC by State
This table lists the filing fees and the annual fees for each state. Fees are subject to change.
|State||Filing Fee||Recurring State Fees|
|Alabama||$200||$10 Annual Report
$100 Annual Privilege Tax (minimum)
|Alaska||$250||$100 (every two years)|
|Arizona||$50 (plus publishing costs)||$0 (report due annually)|
|Arkansas||$45 online, $50 by mail||$150 Franchise Tax Report (annually)|
|California||$70||$800 – Franchise Tax (annually)
(Exemptions are available)
$20 – Statement of Information (annually)
|Delaware||$90||$300 Franchise Tax (annually)|
|Georgia||$100 online, $110 by mail||$50 (annually)|
|Idaho||$100 online, $120 by mail||$0 (report due annually)|
|Indiana||$95 online, $100 by mail||Biennial report – $32 online, $50 by mail|
|Iowa||$50||$60 (biennial report)|
|Kansas||$160 online, $165 by mail||$55 (annually)|
|Minnesota||$155 online, $135 by mail||$0 (report due annually)|
|Mississippi||$50||$0 (report due annually)|
|Missouri||$50 online, $105 by mail||$0|
|Nebraska||$100 online, $110 by mail||$10 (biennial report)|
|Nevada||$75, plus $150 for the initial list of officers||$150 Annual List of Members & Managers|
|New Hampshire||$100||$100 (annually)|
|New Jersey||$125||$75 (annually)|
|New York||$200 (plus publishing costs)||$9 (biennially)|
|North Carolina||$125||$200 (annually)|
|North Dakota||$135||$50 (annually)|
|Pennsylvania||$125 (plus publishing costs)||$70 (decennial report)|
|Rhode Island||$150||$50 (annually)|
|South Dakota||$150 online, $165 by mail||$50 (annually)|
|Tennessee||$300 (minimum)||$300 (minimum)|
|West Virginia||$100||$25 (annually)|
|Wisconsin||$130 online, $170 by mail||$25 (annually)|
|Wyoming||$102 online, $100 by mail||$50 minimum (annually)|
* State fees are subject to change.
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Strong brand, but I think they’re pricey!
$727 + state fee 😲
LegalZoom Registered Agent Pricing
LegalZoom LLC Operating Agreement Pricing
LLC Formation “Standard Plan” = $329
Registered Agent Service = $299 😲
LLC Operating Agreement = $99
= $727 😲
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