How to Form an LLC in South Carolina


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

It is advised that you search your corporate name before filing any documents. To do so you can visit the Search Business Filings page on the Secretary of State Web site. If your company name is available you can submit an Application to Reserve A Limited Liability Company Name. You will need to submit two copies of this form, the original and a duplicate original. The filing fee is $25, and for quicker return you can include a self-addressed envelope. Documents should be sent to: Secretary of State, P.O. Box 11350, Columbia, SC 29211. Your name will be reserved for a period of 120 days.

Once your company name is established, you can begin filling out your Articles of Organization. Two copies of the form must be filed. The filing fee is $110. Documents can be sent to: South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office, Attn: Corporate Filings, P.O. Box 11350, Columbia, SC 29211.  The Secretary of State Web site also offers a comprehensive Business Filings FAQ for any additional questions you may have.

The Secretary of State no longer requires LLC Annual Reports to be filed with them.

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