The formation of an LLC within the state of Arkansas, in accordance with Title 4, Subtitle 3, Chapter 32, will either be categorized as Foreign or Domestic. The former must complete a Certificate of Registration form (PDF, Online) while the latter will be required to file an Articles of Organization form (PDF, Online). Foreign entities can expect to pay a filing fee of $275 if filing online or $300 using the PDF version while domestic filers must provide $45 for online filing and $50 otherwise.
How to File
Step 1- You must first choose a name which has not already been registered in the state of Arkansas. By performing a Business Entity Search you can verify the availability of your desired name. You may also reserve a business name for 120 days by filing a Name Reservation application ($25).
Step 2- Proceed by supplying your filing information. This process can be accomplished online or with a PDF application. Click on the link below that matches your business type to learn more about the filing procedure.
Step 3- Once your filing information has been supplied you will be able to pay for the filing fee. Online filers can pay by credit card, eCheck, or through a pre-existing subscription to the Secretary of State website. Once payment has been accepted online the filing process is complete. If filing through the mail, a check made out to the Arkansas Secretary of State must be attached. Foreign entities will also be required to supply a certificate of good standing from their initial jurisdiction of formation. All articles will need to be forwarded to the address below.
Business & Commercial Services
1401 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 250
Little Rock, AR 72201
EIN– The Employer Identification Number can be described as the corporate equivalent to a Social Security Number. It allows for businesses to hire employees, open bank accounts and file taxes. Many LLCs will be required to apply for an EIN following the completion of their registration documents. The application process is simple and can be accomplished Online or through the mail with the PDF Form SS-4. Click on the link at the heading of this paragraph to learn more about the application process.
Operating Agreement– It is recommended, but not required by law, to draw up an operating agreement to designate and establish the responsibilities, contributions and rights of the managing members of a company. Many provisions are left undocumented during the initial stages of entity formation and for this reason an operating agreement exists; to clarify all details pertaining to the entity’s internal affairs. We have supplied an agreement template in both MS Word and Adobe PDF formats which you can find within the link at the beginning of this paragraph.