This Start a Business tutorial has been designed to give a general overview of the LLC registration process put in place by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Due to the fact that the government website features no online filing system, you will be required to submit your filing forms and the $50 filing fee to the LARA offices by fax, by email or by mail. Below we’ve provided a summary of what to expect when filing in this state but we’d encourage you to click on the links found throughout this page to find out exactly what will be asked of you as a business representative.

How to File

Step 1- The first step we recommend that you take is securing the availability of your chosen operating name. To begin, you will be able to perform a preliminary Name Availability Search, making sure that there are no other entities currently operating under your designation. Once you’re confident that the name is available, it might be wise to file for a Name Reservation. This filing will cost only $10 and will give you a window of six months in which to file.

Step 2- If you’re all set with your name, you can proceed by downloading the PDF of your filing form and completing it on your computer. Click on either the domestic or the foreign link below to find out exactly what information will be needed your application.

Step 3- With the PDF completed, you will be able to print it off and provide the required signatures. To file the document in the mail, you will need to attach a check or money order made out to the State of Michigan and send both items to the address found below this paragraph. The $50 filing fee can be paid by credit card if you have a MICH-ELF account. Indeed, this account will be required if you plan on sending the forms to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs by fax (517-241-0538) or by email ([email protected]).

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
Corporations Division
P.O. Box 30054
Lansing, MI 48909


EIN– If you are forming a new entity and you plan on hiring employees, you will be required to apply for an Employer Identification Number. This number is issued by the IRS to all business entities and employers in order for them to be easily identified when reporting their withheld taxes. This number is absolutely crucial to the smooth operation of a company as it will be demanded when opening checking or savings accounts, when applying for credit cards or when seeking financing. For more information on the steps involved in application, click on the heading of this paragraph. You will find that there is both an Online and a PDF application process available to employers.

Operating Agreement– An operating agreement is an internal document of the utmost importance to the organization of a company’s internal affairs. Though the drafting of such an agreement  it is not legally required in the state of Michigan, it remains highly recommended that this step be incorporated into the formation process of your LLC. Due to the fact that, without an operating agreement, there will be no legal representation of the manner in which your entity will be managed on a day to day basis, we recommend that you consider using our free template found linked the heading of this paragraph. Available in both MS Word and Adobe PDF formatting, our templates can be used to expedite the drafting process and get your entity on its way to operating as smoothly as possible.

Renewal– It is absolutely crucial that all LLCs renew each year with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Through the submission of an annual statement and, for professional LLCs an annual report, the state department will be able to stay up to date with all major developments involving the structure of your LLC. The government website features an online filing system that offers the opportunity for entities to submit their renewal documents online. You will be able to access this service by clicking on the heading of this paragraph and entering your entity ID into the provided field. Filers will also be able to request an annual report/statement form by submitting this PDF to the authorities. All annual reports/statements are due by the 15th of February, the submission of which will cost standard LLCs $25 and professional LLCs $75.

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