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

Initial Costs


Filing Time

12 Days

Ways to File

Mail & Online

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 two weeks to process the articles. For online filing the fee is $10.


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

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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.

Secretary of State Information

Physical Address:

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

Mailing Address:

Secretary of State
P.O. Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622


Telephone: 919-807-2225 or 919-733-4201
Fax: 919-807-2039