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How to form a North Carolina LLC (Limited Liability Company)

Organizing a North Carolina LLC

A limited liability company is organized in North Carolina by submitting the completed Articles of Organization, and paying the filing fee to the North Carolina Department of State, Division of Corporations. Submit the articles by mail or in person. The filing fee is $125. Include the Cover Sheet with all NC filings. North Carolina takes approximately one week to process the articles. For the additional expedite fee of $100 North Carolina will process the filing in one day.

PLLCs use the Articles of Organization, Professional LLC form with the $125 fee, and low-profit LLCs use L3C Articles of Organization with the same fee.

Qualification of a Foregin LLC in North Carolina

Register your foreign LLC to do business in North Carolina by filing the Application for Certificate of Authority with the NC Corporations Division by mail or in person. The filing fee is $250. Attach an original certificate of good standing from the home state, dated no more than six months prior to filing the application.

North Carolina Secretary of State

Physical Address:
Secretary of State
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2903

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622

Telephone: 919-807-2225 or 919-733-4201

Fax: 919-807-2039

Email: corpinfo@sosnc.com

Check name availability: www.secretary.state.nc.us/corporations/CSearch.aspx

North Carolina LLC Statute: General Statutes of NC 57C-2-20 and 57C-7-04.

Filing Fees for North Carolina LLC, PLLCs and L3C: Domestic $125, Foreign $250.

Other North Carolina LLC Forms and Fees

Articles of Organization, Professional LLC: $125
Articles of Organization (Conversion of Business Entity) $125
Statement of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office: $5
Amendment of Articles of Organization: $50
Articles of Merger: $60
Articles of Dissolution: $30
LLC Annual Report: $200


Available LLC Formation Services in North Carolina

LLC Center Publications recommends Northwest Registered Agent LLC to form your North Carolina Limited Liability Company.