This Start a Business tutorial has been created to assist filers in their quest to form a new, domestic LLC or to register a pre-existing, foreign entity with the Secretary of State. Filing for an LLC in Minnesota, be it domestic, foreign, nonprofit, or professional, is incredibly simple. You can file online, through the mail, or in person, with the list below relaying the fees associated with each filing / filing method. For more in-depth tutorials regarding each of the listed LLC types please select the link which corresponds to your LLC type. Below we offer a general walk-through of the LLC creation process in Minnesota, a process which, if completed online, requires the creation of an account with the Business and Lien System, a step which is explained further here.

How to File

Step 1- The first step we always recommend that filers take is the cross-checking of their desired operating name with the Secretary of State entity database to ensure its availability. This task can be easily accomplished with a Business Entity Search. If you’d like to reserve your name for a period of 12 months prior to registration, please review our Name Reservation tutorial.

Step 2 – The next step in filing is deciding upon which type of LLC matches your needs. Click on the link below to learn more about the specific requirements need to register for your particular variety. Your options in Minnesota are as follows:

Step 3 – You must now decide which method to file by. Filings completed online or in person are considered to be expedited, and thus cost more compared to those completed through the mail. If you wish to file online you will have to do so through the Business and Lien System by logging in and then choosing your filing type from the homepage. Individuals filing through the mail must download the appropriate PDF form (forms are available on our site within each LLC’s tutorial).

Step 4 – The forms, whether generated online or filled out by hand, are very much the same, consisting of the submission of basic information regarding your entity and its officers and members. Online filers will complete the filings, pay the fees online, and be able to consider themselves finished with the process. Individuals filing through the mail or in person will need to attach a check to their form, once complete and printed, and send or hand-deliver it to the following address:

Minnesota Secretary of State – Business Services

Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building

60 Empire Drive, Suite 100 St Paul, MN 55103

Tips

EIN – Individuals forming a new, domestic LLC will most likely need to acquire an EIN, or Employer Identification Number, as soon as their filing is approved by the Secretary of State. To acquire an EIN you may use the Online registration process provided by the IRS, or, if you prefer to file through the mail, you may download the PDF Form SS-4. EINs are necessary to be considered taxable by the federal government, and thus any and all financial operations are impossible without one under which to file taxes.

Operating Agreement– Although LLC operating agreements are not required by the state of Minnesota for LLCs, they can be extremely useful from an organizational standpoint. These documents, when drafted properly, can delineate any and all of the following: the rules and regulations the business wishes to abide by, the financial interests of each investor, the responsibilities of each member, and more. For more information on operating agreements please follow the link to the left. You will find there a free template as well, available in both PDF and MS Word formatting, for drafting your own operating agreement.

Renewal – All LLCs formed in Minnesota will be required to file an annual report with the Secretary of State in order to remain in good standing. Foreign LLCs must file online, as there is no paper form available from the Secretary of State for in person or mail filing. Individuals wishing to file online may do so by signing into the Business and Lien System and filing from there. Domestic LLCs wishing to file in person or through the mail must download the LLC Annual Renewal, attach a check made out to the Secretary of State for the prescribed fee ($45 online / in person, $25 by mail), and send it to the following address:

Minnesota Secretary of State – Business Services

Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building

60 Empire Drive, Suite 100 St Paul, MN 55103

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