This online tutorial has been created specifically to guide prospective business owners through the Secretary of State registration process. Representatives of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies will be able to use the variety of specialized guides found within this home page to assist them in successfully filing their company. In many instances, applicants will be able to take advantage of the IN.gov streamlined portal to complete the process. Otherwise, we’ve supplied all the necessary PDF files needed for any Indiana business entity type here on our website. Please scroll down and familiarize yourself further with the requisite steps needed prior to transacting business in this state.
Start an Entity
Search for a Name
The Business Entity Search tool is one used to perform a name availability search prior to filing for registration or applying for authority. If you’re fortunate to have access to the convenience of filing online, this preliminary inquiry has been incorporated into the registration process and will therefore be unnecessary. However, this function is also used to research detailed business information about a particular company.
How to Register in Indiana
Step 1- As previously mentioned, it is a good idea to do a quick check of the Secretary of State name database before registration to ensure that your filing won’t be rejected due to an indistinguishable name. This step won’t be necessary for online filers as this investigation of the registry is a required step in the process. Another filing many businesses (foreign entities in particular) find useful is the $10 Name Reservation function. This application allows for a 120 day window in which businesses can file without worrying about another entity registering under their corporate name.
Step 2- At this point you will either need to navigate to the business services online landing page, or download the PDF which corresponds with your entity type. Below you will find a tutorial specific to your needs, click on the link which indicates your business structure.
- Domestic Profit Corporation
- Domestic Professional Corporation
- Domestic Benefit Corporation
- Domestic Public Benefit Corporation
- Domestic Religious Corporation
- Domestic Mutual Benefit Corporation
- Foreign Profit Corporation
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation
- Foreign Public Benefit Corporation
- Foreign Religious Corporation
- Foreign Mutual Benefit Corporation
- Domestic Limited Partnership
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership
- Foreign Limited Partnership
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
Step 3- Next you will need to pay your filing fee (fees listed below). If you are filing by printing off the PDF of the registration documents, you will need to attach to them a money order or check made payable to the Secretary of State. Online filers can pay by credit card, debit card or E-check and, once payment has been accepted, the online application process is complete.
- Domestic Profit Corporation- $100 (Paper) – $95 (Online)
- Domestic Professional Corporation- $100 (Paper) – $95 (Online)
- Domestic Benefit Corporation- $100 (Paper)
- Domestic Public Benefit Corporation- $50 (Paper) – $30 (Online)
- Domestic Religious Corporation- $50 (Paper) – $30 (Online)
- Domestic Mutual Benefit Corporation- $50 (Paper) – $30 (Online)
- Foreign Profit Corporation- $125 (Paper) – $105 (Online)
- Foreign Public Benefit Corporation- $75 (Paper) – $40 (Online)
- Foreign Religious Corporation- $75 (Paper) – $40 (Online)
- Foreign Mutual Benefit Corporation- $75 (Paper) – $40 (Online)
Limited Liability Company
- Domestic Limited Liability Company- $100 (Paper) – $95 (Online)
- Foreign Limited Liability Company- $125 (Paper) – $105 (Online)
- Domestic Limited Partnership- $100 (Paper) – $95 (Online)
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership- $100 (Paper) – $95 (Online)
- Foreign Limited Partnership- $125 (Paper) – $105 (Online)
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnership- $125 (Paper) – $105 (Online)
Step 4- Mail all items to the below address when finished (only applicable for paper filers). The items needed will include the original copy of the registration/application document, a certificate of existence (foreign corporations and LLCs only) and the filing fee associated with your entity type.
Secretary of State
Business Services Division
302 West Washington Street, Room E018 – Indianapolis, IN 46204
The aforementioned Name Reservation process is one which can be completed online ($10) or through the submission of a PDF file through the mail (no cost). Those opting to file online have the added benefit of the name availability search located within the reservation process. You will then be able to avoid the hassle of selecting a fictitious or alternative name in the case of a rejected filing. Ultimately, this procedure is useful only if you feel as though the name you plan on operating under is common enough to be registered by another entity in the time between choosing to transact business in Indiana and actually filing to do so.
Certificate of Existence
The Certificate of Existence, more often referred to as the certificate of good standing, is one which is used to prove validity and legitimacy to foreign authorities and financial institutions. This certificate can be successfully acquired online in only a matter of minutes. Simply enter your business name into the required field, select the name from the list generated by the metrics of your search and click on the link to purchase your certificate. You will then be taken to the payment page in which you will be required to purchase the document for $26 before downloading.
Corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships are not required to operate with the assistance of an internal organizing document. However, it is highly advised that the managing members research the benefits of such an agreement upon formation. The bylaws of a corporation, or the binding agreement of an LLC or partnership, acts as the only legal representation containing the provisions relating to the rules and regulations of a particular entity. All information not already provided in the initial formation documents should be included in the drafting of your agreement and acknowledged by all applicable members of your business. Please take a moment to review the free templates found below before integrating them into your business structure.
Employer Identification Number
Once you have been approved by the Secretary of State, you may be required to apply for an Employer Identification Number. The EIN is used by the IRS to identify tax-withholding businesses as legitimate and lawful in the eyes of the federal government. Upon acquisition, you will then be able to proceed in accomplishing any level of financial maneuver. The application process is simple, free and can be accomplished Online or through a PDF Application (SS-4). To learn more about this necessary identifier. and to educate yourself further on their acquisition, you can review our tutorial here.