A partnership may be formed in the state of Alabama by individual applicants who file the correct forms with the Alabama Secretary of State. There are multiple options to choose from when starting a partnership: a limited partnership (LP), limited liability partnership (LLP), or a limited liability limited partnership (LLLP). The registration of a partnership can be completed in Alabama by filing one of the PDF applications with the Secretary of State. The fee for filing a domestic application is $100 (plus the Probate County Judge’s Fee) and $150 for foreign entities.

It is always recommended that filers perform a Business Entity Search prior to registration to check the availability of their desired operating name. Furthermore, partnerships may reserve their name with the Secretary of State for one (1) year ($28).

How to File a Domestic LP

Step 1- To begin filing for a domestic LP you will need to download the Certificate of Limited Partnership.

Step 2- With the application downloaded, continue by providing the following information:

Page 1

  • Effective date of filing
  • 1-Name of the LP
  • 2-Street address of designated office, county and mailing address (if different)
  • 3-Name and address of the registered agent

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Page 2

  • 5-Names, signatures and addresses of the general partners

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Step 3- Now that you have completed the application, make an additional copy and attach the filing fee in the form of a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State ($100 + any County Probate fees). Place in an envelope two (2) completed original applications and the filing fee and have it sent by mail to the local Probate County Judge’s office.

How to File a Domestic LLP

Step 1- Before filing, applicants must reserve their business name with the Secretary of State. Once this process has been accomplished you will receive a PDF certificate that must be included with your filings.

Step 2- After reserving your business name you may continue by downloading the Certificate of Formation.

Step 3- With the application open in your PDF, the following details must be provided:

Page 1

  • 1-Name of the LLP
  • Name and address of the individual preparing this document

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Page 2

  • 3-Address of the principal office
  • 4-Name of the registered agent
  • 5-Address of the registered office
  • 6-Intended business purpose
  • 7-Period of duration
  • 8-Name and address of each organizer

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Page 3

  • 10-Effective date of formation
  • Other provisions
  • Date, signature, printed name and business title

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Step 4- Continue by making two (2) copies of the completed application. You must then attach a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State ($100 + any County Probate fees). Send the two (2) completed applications, the filing fee and your certificate for name reservation by mail to the local County Probate Judge’s office.

How to File a Domestic LLLP

Step 1- You may begin the filing process by downloading the Certificate of Limited Partnership for LLLP.

Step 2- With the application downloaded, you will need to supply the following information into its empty fields:

Page 1

  • Effective date of formation
  • 1-Name of the LLLP
  • 2-Address of the principal office
  • 3-Name and address of the registered agent

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Page 2

  • 4-Intended business purpose
  • 5-Name, address and signature of each general partner

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Step 3- Along with your completed application you must include an additional copy, printed and signed. You may then attach the filing fee in the form of a check or money order payable to the Secretary of State ($100 + any County Probate fees). Have the two completed applications and the filing fee sent by mail to the local County Probate Judge’s office.

How to File a Foreign LP

Step 1- Filers of foreign LPs must begin by downloading the Certificate of Authority.

Step 2- The information required on this document is as follows:

  • 1-Partnership full legal name
  • 2-Name to be used in Alabama
  • 3-Jurisdiction of original formation and date of formation
  • 4-Address of the principal office in original jurisdiction
  • 5-Name and address of the registered agent in Alabama
  • 6-Name and signature of general partner as well as the date signed

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Page 2

  • Name and address of each general partner

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Step 3- Once the application has been completed you will need to print and sign an additional copy. The filing fee may be paid by check or money order made out to the Secretary of State ($150). Be sure to include a certificate of good standing or like document issued from the initial jurisdiction of formation. Gather all articles and send them by mail to the address below.

Secretary of State

Business Services – P.O. Box 5616

 Montgomery, AL, 36103

How to File a Foreign LLP

Step 1- Filers of foreign LLPs will be required to first reserve their business name with the Secretary of State. Once this process has been accomplished you will receive a PDF certificate that must be included with your filings.

Step 2- Next, you will need to download the Application for Registration.

Step 3- This information required on this document is as follows:

Page 1

  • 1-Full legal partnership name
  • 2-Name to be used in Alabama and indicate the status of name reservation
  • 3-Jurisdiction and date of initial formation
  • 4-Address of principal office in initial jurisdiction of formation
  • 5-Name and address of the registered agent in Alabama

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Page 2

  • 6-Intended business purpose
  • 7-Effective date of formation
  • 9-Printed name and signature of authorized individual(s) as well as the date signed

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Step 4- Make two (2) original copies of the completed application and attach a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State to cover the $150 filing fee. If you’d prefer, you may pay by credit card by completing the last page of the Application for Registration. All foreign partnership must also include a certificate of good standing or like document issued from the initial jurisdiction of formation. The two (2) original applications, the filing fee, a certificate of good standing and the certificate of name reservation must be sent by mail to the address below.

Secretary of State

Business Services – P.O. Box 5616

 Montgomery, AL, 36103

How to File a Foreign LLLP

Step 1- Filers of foreign LLLPs must first download the Certificate of Authority.

Step 2- Open the application with your PDF viewer and supply the following information:

Page 1

  • 1-Full legal partnership name
  • 2-Name to be used in Alabama
  • 3-Initial jurisdiction and date of formation
  • 4-Address of principal office in original jurisdiction
  • 5-Name and address of the registered agent
  • 6-Name and signature of general partner as well as the date signed

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Page 2

  • Name and address of each general partner

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Step 3- Once the application has been completed, have an additional copy printed and signed and attach a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State to cover the $150 filing fee. Foreign applicants must also include a certificate of good standing or like document issued from the original jurisdiction of formation. Gather all articles and send them by mail to the address located below.

Secretary of State

Business Services – P.O. Box 5616

 Montgomery, AL, 36103

Tips

EIN– An Employer Identification Number, or ‘EIN’, is a number provided by the Internal Revenue Service to allow entities to open bank accounts and conduct everyday financial activities. The number is usually required by most institutions before the partnership is allowed to transact business. An EIN is the means by which the IRS identifies and tracks the financial activity of your partnership. In order to obtain an EIN you can complete the online forms available at the IRS Website or through the completion and submission of the PDF application known as Form SS-4. Click on the link at the heading of this paragraph to learn more about the application process.

Partnership Agreement– In Alabama, an agreement for this type of entity is not required but highly recommended in order to establish the terms and conditions for how the partnership will operate. An operating agreement outlines the roles and expectations of all of the partners within a partnership and serves as a positive means by which the general goals and direction of the partnership can be defined at the onset of the partnership. Adopting a partnership agreement does not need to be legally certified, instead you can simply make copies for all wanting parties upon completion of the agreement. The link at the heading of this paragraph contains our free agreement template, available in MS Word and PDF formats.

Renewal– All limited liability partnerships will be required to submit an annual report with the Secretary of State in order to remain in good standing. This process will effectively update them with all changes that may have occurred over the previous year. Filers can renew online by navigating to the website linked in the heading of this paragraph and then provide their business name or entity ID #. Failing to renew will result in additional fees and prohibit you from performing certain business transactions. Filers can expect to pay a $100 filing fee upon submission of their report.

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