Pennsylvania LLC Formation

Your Pennsylvania LLC can enjoy both the simplified pass through taxation of partnerships and the limited liability of a corporation.

The formation and registering of LLCs in Pennsylvania is handled by the Pennsylvania Secretary of State, Corporations Bureau. You can contact them at:

PA Secretary of State, Corporations Bureau

206 North Office Building

Harrisburg, PA 17120

Phone:(717) 787-1057

If you do not incorporate your business, you could be held personally liable for business debts and lawsuits. Form a Pennsylvania LLC and protect your personal assets from business debts and judgments.

Pennsylvania LLC Filing Fees & Annual Reports

As of 2011 2014, the filing fee for PA Certificate of Organization (similar to filing Articles of Organization in other states) is $125. Fees are payable by check or money order made payable to the PA Department of State. Cash and credit cards are not accepted. File Certificate of Organization at:

Department of State, Corporation Bureau

P.O. Box 8722

Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722

Pennsylvania requires all restricted professional limited liability companies (PLLCs) to file annual registration. Annual Registration fees start at $460 per year per member of the PLLC. These fees are payble to the Pennsylvania Department of State.

PA does not require any other type of LLC to file annual reports, and is one of only 8 eights to make life so easy for LLC members.

Pennsylvania LLC Name Requirements

Your corporate name must end with the words “company”, “limited” or “limited liability company” or an appropriate abbreviation.

Your corporate name must be distinguishable from other corporate names in Pennsylvania.

Foreign LLCs Operating in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania law requires foreign Limited Liability Companies register for an Application for Registration-Foreign, with the PA Department of State. The filing fee is $250.

Foreign LLCs operating in Pennsylvania must file a Certificate of Registration annually and are subject to the same fee schedule as domestic LLCs..

Member/Manager Information

  • Minimum Number – one or more
  • Members/Managers- at least one is required to be listed in the Articles of Organization
  • Age Requirements – none specified

Registered Agent

The registered agent may be an individual resident in this state or a domestic or foreign corporation authorized to transact business in Pennsylvania, having a business office identical with such registered office. The Articles of Organization must set forth the street address (and the mailing address if different from the street address) of the registered office, as well as the county in which the registered office is located, and the name of the registered agent.

Click here to find out what a Registered Agent service is and whether you need one.


Pennsylvania has no publication requirements to make formation valid.

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