This webpage is dedicated to the filing procedure for domestic LLCs in Illinois. We have detailed both the standard and series LLC filing requirements as well as both filing methods (online and PDF). Upon the submission of the Articles of Organization, filers will be expected to pay an immoderate $500 for standard LLCs and an even costlier $750 for series. An additional filing fee of $100 is mandatory for online filers and optional for PDF applicants. As the articles for a series LLC demands that representatives file the PDF of the Certificate of Designation (more on this below), an additional $50 will be required of applicants.

Before filing, we highly recommend performing a Business Entity Search to investigate the availability of your LLC name. If you’ve filed for registration and your business name is indistinguishable from that of another corporation or LLC, the Secretary of State will notify you by email and ask you to choose an alternate name. You may also wish to research the process of a Name Reservation to see whether this is a valid choice for your business.

How to File a Standard or Series LLC (Online)

Online registration is only viable for limited liability companies for which the following applies:

  • The company will use the general purpose clause
  • There is no later effective date
  • There are no additional provisions needed in the articles
  • The LLC shall operate indefinitely
  • No more than 8 managers will be needed to operate
  • The company has only one organizer

With that in mind, read on.

Step 1- Both LLC and SLLC have the same initial online filing process. The only difference being that at the very beginning of the forms you will need to indicate which variation applies to your articles. Begin by following this link to the first page and making such a distinction.

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Step 2- This step is just reminding you of the aforementioned filing requirements for online applicants. Indicate that you agree to the provisions by selecting the Yes option of the two and clicking on Continue to advance to the next step.

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Step 3- Enter the LLC name you’ve settled on into the provided field. Remember that it must be distinguishable from any other LLC or corporate name. It also must end in words “Limited Liability Company” or an abbreviation of.

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Step 4- Here they’ve just reminded you that if you submit your articles, your credit card will be charged at the time you transmitted the forms. If the articles are rejected for any reason the charge on your account will be reversed. Click Continue to move past this reminder.

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Step 5- The principle place of business for your initial office will need to be indicated including the street address, city, state/country and zip code.

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Step 6- The registered agent and the office in which he/she resides will need to be indicated here. Supply the agent name, whether an individual or entity followed by the full address of the principle office. Your LLC cannot act as its own registered agent and the registered office must be located within the Illinois state borders. On the subsequent page they will present you with the information you’ve submitted. Confirm whether or not the registered agent and address is correct before continuing to the next step of the tutorial.

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Step 7- Here you will be able to determine the nature of the management (whether members or hired managers will manage) and on the following page list all members and managers. This step will require the first and last name of the individual, their address, city, state and zip code.

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Step 8- As the applicant you will need to attest that the articles are accurate and complete. Enter your name as well as your full address in the fields below to complete the filing forms. Clicking Continue will navigate you to the information summary page.

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Step 9- In the windows presented at this stage you will be able to review all the data that you’ve supplied in your articles. If you’d like to edit a specific section, click the corresponding link on the top right corner of the particular window to be brought back to that section of the filing process. If everything meets your expectations, you can move on to the payment of the filing fee.

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Step 10- Select your payment type then review your transaction summary. You will notice the filing fee at the top followed by the mandatory expedite fee, the payment processor fee and the total amount. To pay, simply enter your credit card credentials into the provided fields. The payment of the filing fee will mark the completion of the articles. Your registration forms will be reviewed by a specialist at the office of the Secretary of State within the next 24 hours and, if the name and articles meet the filing requirements, an approval email will be sent to your inbox.

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If you have filed for a series LLC, you will need to submit the Certificate of Designation Form. This has been explained further below.

How to File a Standard or Series LLC (PDF)

Step 1- The first step to filing your PDF is the same for both LLC types. You must begin by downloading either the Standard Articles of Organization or the Series Articles of Organization.

Step 2- They will ask virtually identical information of both LLC types but for your sake we’ve displayed both pages and specified the exact data required.

For the Standard LLC your Articles of Organization should look identical to the one displayed below. On it you will need to supply the following data pertaining to your business formation:

  • 1-LLC name
  • 2-Address of the principle place of business
  • 3-The date the articles will be effective on (filing date or later date). Specify if delayed effective date is applicable
  • 4-Registered agent name and address
  • 5-Purposes for which the LLC is to formed. If LLC provides a professional service, indicate the nature of that service in the space provided
  • 6-The duration of the LLC. Leave blank if the business is to be perpetual
  • 7-Optional provisions for the regulation of affairs within the LLC
  • 8a-Select the box and provide the names and addresses of each manager (if applicable)
  • 8b-Select the box and provide the names and addresses of each member (if applicable)
  • 9-Name and address of each organizer and have each one sign

IL-LLC-Articles-of-OrganizationYou will notice that the sole differentiation between the two forms is the addition of the provision on the Series LLC Articles of Organization form dictating that the company intends on issuing one or more series. The information required is as follows:

  • 1-LLC name
  • 2-Address of the principle place of business
  • 3-The date the articles will be effective on (filing date or later date). Specify if delayed effective date is applicable
  • 4-Registered agent name and address
  • 5-Purposes for which the LLC is to be formed. If LLC provides a professional service, indicate the nature of that service in the space provided
  • 6-The duration of the LLC. Leave blank if the business is to be perpetual
  • 7-Provision stating that the LLC opts to establish one or more series
  • 8-Optional provisions for the regulation of affairs within the LLC
  • 9a-Select the box and provide the names and addresses of each manager (if applicable)
  • 9b-Select the box and provide the names and addresses of each member (if applicable)
  • 10-Name and address of each organizer and have each one sign

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Step 3- Print off the documents in duplicate once you’ve filled in the prescribed fields and have the organizers sign their name on each. You will now need to pay the unjustifiably pricey filing fee of either $500 for LLC or $750 SLLC. You may complete this by making a check or money order payable to the Secretary of State and attaching it to your registration documents. Mail all items to the Department of Business Services at the office of the Secretary of State (address found below) to complete the filing. Remember that Series LLCs will need to submit a Certificate of Designation for each series they wish to apply to their business. This step can be completed once the articles are successfully filed with the Secretary of State.

Secretary of State

Department of Business Services Limited Liability Division

501 S. Second St., Rm. 351 Springfield, IL 62756

How to File a Certificate of Designation

Step 1- You can download the PDF of Form LLC-37.40 only after you’ve finished filing your original articles with the Secretary of State. Providing that this is the case, proceed to supplying the following information for each series issued by your limited liability company:

  • 1-LLC name
  • 2-State or country in which LLC is organized
  • 3-Name of series
  • 4-The nature of this filing (choose the first option as this is the one which applies to this tutorial)
  • 5a-Select this option if applicable and add the names and addresses of all the managers below
  • 5b-Select this option if applicable and add the names and addresses of all the members below
  • Date
  • Signature
  • Name and title
  • Name of company if applicant is a business entity

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Step 2- Print off the forms in duplicate before providing your signature. You will then be permitted to provide the money for the filing costs. For each series you will be charged an additional $50 on top or your registration filing fees. You may pay this by check or money order, both of which need to be made payable to the Secretary of State. Send all documents to the below address to complete the filing of your Certificate of Designation.

Secretary of State,

Department of Business Services Limited Liability Division

501 S. Second St., Rm. 351 Springfield, IL 62756

Tips

EIN– Once you’ve completed the filing of the articles, you may be required to apply for an Employer Identification Number to ensure that you will be able to perform future financial transactions. This identifier allows for the Internal Revenue Service to process you for tax reporting purposes and can be acquired, for free, Online or through the mail with the PDF Form SS-4. Clicking on the link at the heading of this paragraph will present you with a tutorial that will enable you to take care of this step in just a matter of minutes.

Operating Agreement– While this is not a mandatory step in the development of your company it is a vital one if you wish to properly organize its internal affairs. Although you will find a space for additional provisions in the Articles of Organization, you may note that in our template we’ve provided the ability to specify such details as the number of manager/member meetings, the initial capital contribution of each officer, the allocation of received funds amongst the applicable members and more. Click on the heading of this paragraph to take full advantage of our PDF and Microsoft Word documents.

Renewal– Each year LLCs are required to file an annual report to renew with the Secretary of State. This step can be accomplished online or through a PDF application with the qualifications for online filing matching those indicated above for submitting your original articles. What this renewal will accomplish is allow you to stay in good standing with the state as well as keep them informed of any applicable updates which have occurred over the previous 12 months. Those businesses which aren’t in good standing will have to pay the late filing fee administered by the Secretary of State.