The registration processes for limited/limited liability partnerships are as basic as it gets. Some may consider the simplicity of the process an advantage, the office has offered zero online filing capabilities for partnerships and has simply supplied the filing forms in the publications/forms section of their website. Therefore, there is no unnecessary navigation through a potentially confusing online portal but obliges filers to submit their statements and/or certificates through the mail. Along with this submission you will need to attach the filing fee associated with your partnership type and, if you are applying as a foreign LP/LLP, a certificate of good standing from your jurisdiction of original formation.

Before continuing, you should consider conducting a preliminary name availability search using our Business Entity Search tutorial. This process will not guarantee that your proposed name is attainable but it will provide you with all the registered LPs and LLPs who’s business name may resemble yours. With that being said, you can reserve your name, once you’re fairly confident that it is unique, for a period of no more than 90 days.

How to File a Domestic LP

Step 1- The filing form for a domestic limited partnership is called the Certificate of Limited Partnership (Form LP 201). Download this application before proceeding.

Step 2- Next, you will be required to type, or clearly print, the following information into the provided fields:

  • 1-Name of partnership
  • 2-Address of office where records are kept
  • 3-Registered agent name and office
  • 4-LP purpose (leave field blank if using default purpose)
  • 5-LP elects to be LLLP (y/n)
  • 6-Dollar amount of total cash, property and services provided by all partners (optional)
  • 7-Brief statement regarding member termination and distribution rights (optional)
  • Date, signature, title, name and full address of each general partner

IL-LP-Certificate-of-LPStep 3- With the application completed and printed in duplicate, attach a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State to cover the $150 filing fee. Send your filing package to the address below for processing.

Secretary of State

Department of Business Services, Limited Liability Division

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

How to File a Foreign LP

Step 1- Filers must begin by downloading the Application for Certificate of Authority.

Step 2- The application asks very basic information of foreign business representatives and should take just a few minutes to complete. You will be required to supply the following data pertaining to your limited partnership:

  • 1-LP name
  • 2-Alternate name to be used if above name is taken by another partnership
  • 3-Address of designated office at which records of the company are kept
  • 4-Date and location of initial formation
  • 5-Registered name and office
  • 7-LP is a LLLP (y/n)
  • 8-Purpose of the initial organization of LP as well as the nature of the business to be transacted in Illinois
  • 9-Names and addresses of each general partner
  • Date
  • Applicant name, title and signature

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Step 3- Once the application has been completed and printed in duplicate, attach a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State to cover the $150 filing fee. Be sure to include a certificate of good standing from the initial jurisdiction of formation. Have your filing package sent by mail to the address below to complete the registration process.

Secretary of State

Department of Business Services, Limited Liability Division

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

How to File a Domestic LLP

Step 1- Start by downloading the Statement of Qualification.

Step 2- The required information for such a statement is as follows:

  • FEIN
  • 1-Partnership name
  • 2-Address of chief executive office
  • 3-If different from above address, another office located in state
  • 4-Registered agent name and address
  • 5-Filing fees ($100/ partner)
  • 6-Number of partners
  • 7-Name and mailing address of each partner
  • 8-Brief synopsis of the nature of the partnership’s business
  • 10a-Select if filing is effective immediately
  • 10b-Select if filing is effective on a later date and provide said date
  • Date of execution
  • Signature, name, title and street address of two general partners

IL-LLP-Statement-of-Qualification.

Step 3- Have the application printed in duplicate and attach a check or money order made payable to the Secretary of State covering the filing fee ($100 per partner). Send your filing package to the address below for processing.

Secretary of State

Department of Business Services, Limited Liability Division

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

How to File a Foreign LLP

Step 1- Filers for the registration of a foreign LLP will need to download the Statement of Qualification.

Step 2- Once downloaded, you will be required to submit the following information:

  • FEIN
  • 1-Partnership name
  • 2-Assumed name of LLP
  • 3-State or jurisdiction
  • 4-Address of chief executive office
  • 5-If different than above address, street address of an office in state
  • 6-Registered agent name and address
  • 7-Brief synopsis of the nature of the partnership’s business
  • 8-Number of partners
  • 9-Name and mailing address of each partner
  • 11a-Select if filing is effective immediately
  • 11b-Select if filing is effective on a later date and provide said date
  • Date of execution
  • Signature, name, title and street address of two general partners

IL-LLP-Statement-of-Foreign-QualificationStep 3- Lastly, have the completed application printed in duplicate and attach a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State covering the $500 filing fee. You must also include a certificate of good standing from the initial region of formation. Send all items by mail to the address below.

Secretary of State,

Department of Business Services, Limited Liability Division

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

Tips

EIN– The Online application or the paper filing of Form SS-4 on the Internal Revenue Service website will result in the acquisition of an Employer Identification Number. This number allows for the IRS to identify you for tax reporting purposes and allows you to successfully apply for business permits, register for credit cards and open bank accounts. Consider the EIN (or Federal Tax Identification Number) as the corporate equivalent of a Social Security Number. Immediately following the confirmation of authority to transact business in Illinois, filers should set about applying for this crucial identifier.

Partnership Agreement– The partnership agreement will allow the general partners of your entity to effectively outline the manner in which the internal affairs of your organization are to be managed. While there is not often sufficient information provided in the certificate of LP, this agreement allows you to provide legal evidence as to the relationship between partners and the partnership itself. Note that this is not a mandatory addition to your business structure, however, the free template offered on our site (available in MS Word and PDF) may prove useful in the organization of your partnership if you choose to employ it. Select the link at the heading of this paragraph for access to our template.

Renewal– In keeping consistent with the above filing methods, partnerships will also need to submit their annual reports by downloading the PDF associated with their partnership type. This process will allow them to remain in good standing in the eyes of the Secretary of State and will effectively renew them for the next calendar year. This document will simply notify the office of the most basic information pertaining to the partnership and will in turn cost the filer $100 upon submission. You can download the LP Annual Report here on our site.

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