Filing for an LLC, be it standard or series, domestic or foreign, should require no more than the completion of a form and it’s subsequent submission to the Secretary of State. The filing fees vary for a few reasons. For one, series LLCs will have to fork over $50 for each series member on top of the original $70 filing fee. Additionally, Montana offers an expedited processing service for an additional $20 for 24 hour processing or $100 for 1 hour processing. If you plan to expedite you must add these fees to the normal filing fee associated with your LLC type.

How to File

Step 1- Before embarking on a new filing, always make sure that your desired operating name is available in Montana by cross-referencing the business entity database. Likewise, feel free to reserve your operating name for 120 days for $10.

Step 2- The next step in the registration process is to complete the PDF application associated with your business type. Select the appropriate LLC type below to redirect to its specific tutorial.

Step 3- Now that your PDF is completed, you must write a check out to the Secretary of State for the filing fee plus any fee for expedited processing which you wish to pay for. Have your application and the filing fee mailed to the below address.

Secretary of State

P.O. Box 202801

Helena, MT 59620


EIN– New LLCs may be required to apply Online or through the mail (Form SS-4) for an EIN, or Employer Identification Number, from the IRS. An EIN is essential for operating financially anywhere in the US as it makes your entity taxable on a federal level. You will need this number to pay employees, to apply for credit cards, and more. Find out more about the EIN acquisition process be clicking on the link at the heading of this paragraph.

Operating Agreement– Draft an operating agreement for your LLC today with the help of our free template (available in both PDF and MS Word formatting) located at the link above and to the left. We recommend you draft these internal documents right away to help keep your entity organized and running smoothly. More information is available here for those who have yet to draft their own operating agreement.

Renewal– You must renew your LLC in order to remain in good legal standing in Montana. You can renew online at this site by completing a short series of forms built into the portal. If you would like to generate a pre-filled renewal form you may do so at this site. The standard fee is $20, however if your filing is submitted after 5 PM (MST) on April 15th the fee will rise to $35. Payments can be made by debit or credit card.

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