Welcome prospective business owners and operators! This webpage has been designed to guide you through the process of getting your entity properly registered with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). In this state, the filing process is simple; all that is required of you is to download the appropriate filing form, provide the requisite information and send the completed document to the government offices with a filing fee attached ($50). A more detailed look at this registration procedure has been supplied in the tutorial below.

Before you begin the filing process, you may want to double check that your chosen LLC name is indeed available in the state of Michigan. A preliminary Name Availability Search should give you an idea as to whether or not your name is distinguishable from that of any other business on file with LARA. You will also have the ability to reserve your name if necessary. This reservation filing will cost you $25 but secure the availability of your name for a total of six months.

How to File a Standard LLC

Step 1- If you’re filing for the formation of a standard limited liability company, you will be required to use this Articles of Organization

Step 2- Once you’ve got the form open in your PDF reader, provide the following data:

  • Name and address of individual to receive returned document
  • 1- Name of LLC
  • 2- The purpose for which the LLC is formed
  • 3- Duration of the LLC if not perpetual
  • 4- Name and address of registered agent
  • 5- Any additional provisions deemed necessary
  • Date of signing
  • Name and signature of authorized representative
  • Name of preparer and their business phone number
  • Name of organization or person remitting filing fees

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Step 3- The completed form can be printed and signed then submitted to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. If you’d like to register by fax (517-241-0538) or by email ([email protected]), you can pay the $50 filing fee by credit card through your MICH-ELF account. Otherwise, the fee should be paid by check or money order made out to the State of Michigan and sent along with the completed form to the below address.

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

How to File a Professional Service LLC

Step 1- You will be able to file for a professional service LLC by downloading the PDF of the Articles of Organization.

Step 2- The following information will be required of all applicants:

  • Name and address of individual to receive returned document
  • 1- Name of LLC
  • 2- The professional purpose for which the LLC is formed
  • 3- Duration of the LLC if not perpetual
  • 4- Name and address of registered agent
  • 6- Any additional provisions deemed necessary
  • Date of signing
  • Name and signature of authorized representative
  • Name of preparer and their business phone number
  • Name of organization or person remitting filing fees

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Step 3- Once the application has been completed, you will be required to submit it to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with the $50 filing fee. Filers will have the option to submit by fax (517-241-0538) or by email ([email protected]) though they will be required to first create a MICH-ELF account if they decide to file in this manner. If you’d rather file by mail, pay the fee by check or money order (made out to the State of Michigan) and send it along with the completed form to the below address.

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

Tips

EIN– It is usually the case that new entities are required to apply for an Employer Identification Number immediately following the completion of their registration process. This number is issued by the IRS to each employer in the United States so that the business can be easily identified when reporting withheld taxes. An EIN acts in a similar fashion to a Social Security Number and will be demanded when opening bank accounts, applying for financing and otherwise performing all financial transactions. Applicants can navigate directly to the IRS website and apply Online or they can download the PDF of the form SS-4 to apply through the mail.

Operating Agreement– The drafting of an operating agreement is not a legally required step in Michigan when forming a LLC. That being said, it is often considered a crucial measure to take as it allows for the delineation of the LLC’s rules and regulations under which the managing members will be required to operate. Due to the complexity of this legal document, it is wise to have an attorney at hand during the drafting process to ensure that all bases are properly covered. If you’d like further insight into what might go into an operating agreement, click on the heading of this paragraph to gain access to our free templates, available in MS Word and Adobe PDF formatting.

Renewal– Limited liability companies are required to renew each year with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. This task can be accomplished by submitting an annual report/statement and a filing fee to the state authorities. Those operating standard LLCs need only submit an annual statement and provide a $25 fee. Professional LLCs should be prepared to provide both an annual statement and an annual report and will required to pay a total of $75 for the two.  All LLC renewal forms are due by the 15th of February of each calendar year. The link at the beginning of this paragraph will transport you to the FILEOnline portal where you can submit your entity ID number and file your report online. Otherwise, filers will need to request an annual report form from the state authorities by using this PDF.