Do It Yourself LLC Formation

The following three steps are all it takes to form a limited liability company in your state:

1. Fill out an Articles of Organization form.

2. Mail this form with State Filing Fee to your state’s Secretary of State Office.

3. Get an EIN by filling out form SS-4 and faxing to the IRS.

Find your State’s Articles of Organization form by clicking here.

After retrieving your form, follow the directions below to fill it out.

Common Information For Filling Out Articles of Organization:

1. Name: The name of a limited liability company must contain “limited liability company” or “limited company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.”, “LLC”, “L.C.”, or “LC”. “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.”, and “company” may be abbreviated as “Co.”

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2. Registered Agent: A Registered Agent, in some states called a “resident agent”, is simply the person designated by your LLC to receive official documents from the state and to be served should the LLC ever be sued.  If you are forming an LLC in the state that you live/do business in, then you should use your business or home address (if you work out of your home).  A physical address is required and a PO Box is not allowed.   Some people find using their home address inconvenient as the LLC address becomes public record.  BizFilings and LegalZoom offers a low-cost Registered Agent service that comes with a private address for LLC documents.

3. Manager: This question is asking who is going to operate your LLC on a day to day basis. If you are running the LLC yourself, then select “Member” managed. If you are hiring an outside professional to run your company, who will not be a Member, then pick “Manager”.

4. LLC Organizer: This is basically the person who is filling out the Articles of Organization form. By signing the articles of organization as the “organizer”, you are giving an oath that the information in the articles is true and correct.


Forming an LLC is not super complicated nor does it require an expensive attorney.  If you want help or knowing it is done correctly and don’t want to spend a lot, check out LegalZoom or BizFilings.