How to Form an LLC in North Carolina


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Forming a Limited Liability Company in North Carolina is relatively easy.  This article should give you resources to understand how the process works in North Carolina, and to use the legal forms from the North Carolina Secretary of State to form an LLC in North Carolina.

Though not required, it is advised that you check your corporate name for availability before filing any applications. A name search can be conducted at the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State Web site.

Once your company name is established, you can begin filling out your Articles of Organization. The form is available on the Limited Liability Companies Forms page on the Secretary of State Web site. You will need to fill out the Articles of Organization. The filing fee is $125. Forms and fee can be sent to: Corporations Division, P.O. Box 29622, Raleigh, NC 27626-0622.

Corporations are required to file an Annual Report. North Carolina now offers online filing for annual reports. Reports are due by April 15th of each year. To file, visit the Annual Report Filing page and search for your company by name. Then follow the simple step-by-step process for filing your report.

There are many companies that offer the service of filing these articles on your behalf, such as FileOnline  or LegalZoom.