This webpage has been designed specifically to educate those prospective LLC operators that are looking to expand their business to North Carolina. In this page, we will cover not only the standard LLC application procedure, we will look into the information necessary when submitting your documents as a professional limited liability company representative. On our website you will be able to download the PDF specific to your entity type before printing it off and sending it either by mail with the attached $250 or by uploading it to the Secretary of State website (more on this below).

Before we begin, we always ask that readers take a moment to ensure that the name they plan on using in the new state is in fact available for us. You can accomplish this by searching the Secretary of State name database using the Business Entity Search function. Also, if you think there will be a significant amount of time before you can actually commit to filing in North Carolina, you may file for a Name Reservation which will, if your name is available, last for a period of 120 days at the price of $30.

How to File a Standard LLC

Step 1- The traditional LLC will be accepted by the North Carolinian Secretary of State through the submission of the Application for Certificate of Authority For Limited Liability CompanyOnce you have the document downloaded and open in your PDF viewer, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2- You will now need to submit the following information into the forms’ fields:

Page 1

  • 1-Name of LLC
  • Jurisdiction of formation
  • 3-Principle office address and mailing address (if applicable)
  • 4-Registered agent name
  • 5-Registered office address
  • 6-Registered office mailing address (if different)

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Page 2

  • 7-Name, titles and business addresses of current company officials
  • 10-Business email address (optional)
  • 11-Effective filing date
  • Date of signing, signature, name and title of applicant

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Step 3- Once you’ve completed your registration forms, you can then attach the certificate of good standing/existence as well as the filing fee. As previously stated, this will equate to $250 and can be paid in the form of a check made out to the Secretary of State. Mail all items to the below address when ready, or, you may submit the documents online and pay the filing fee by credit card (see below).

Corporations Division

PO Box 29622

Raleigh, NC 27626-0622

How to File a Professional LLC

Step 1- The first thing you’re going to need to do when filing a professional LLC is download the Application for Certificate of Authority For Professional Limited Liability Company.

Step 2- You can now submit the following information into its fields:

Page 1

  • 1-Name of LLC and name LLC wishes to use in NC
  • 2-Jurisdiction of formation
  • 3-Principle office address
  • 4-Mailing address of principle office
  • 5-Registered office address
  • 6-Registered office mailing address (if different)
  • 7-Registered agent’s name

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Page 2

  • 8-Name, titles and business addresses of current company officials
  • 11-Personal services rendered by LLC
  • 12-Name of at least one official licensed to perform profession
  • 14-Effective filing date
  • Date of signing, signature, name and title of applicant

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Page 3 (to be filled by notary public)

  • Name of LLC
  • Signature of company official
  • Name and title of applicant
  • Site of acknowledgement
  • Date
  • Name of notary
  • Name of applicant
  • Title of applicant
  • Name of PLLC
  • Name of applicant
  • Date of execution of document
  • Signature of notary public

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Step 3- Once the first two pages have been completed by you or another authorized representative, and the third has been filled in by the notary public, you will be able to submit your filing fee. This will amount to $250 and must be paid in the form of a check made out to the North Carolina Secretary of State. Also, at this point, you will need to attach the certificate of good standing and a certificate issued by the licensing board associated with your profession indicating that the membership interests of your LLC are in compliance with the North Carolina General Statutes. Mail all items to the below address or scroll down to review the online submission method.

Corporations Division

PO Box 29622

Raleigh, NC 27626-0622

How to Submit your PDF Online

Step 1- In order to submit your PDF application online, you will first need to create an online account with the Secretary of State website. This can be easily achieved with the help of our tutorial located here on our website. Once completed, enter your username and password into the provided fields on this webpage.

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Step 2- In the left hand column, under the heading PDF FILING, you should be able to locate the Upload a Creation Filing link. Click on it to continue.

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Step 3- You will then need to provide the below information before uploading your document and clicking the Upload link. Note, you must attach the certificate of good standing in the same PDF as the registration documents to submit as a foreign entity.

  • Entity name
  • Has entity been created in another state or country (yes/no)
  • Entity type
  • Document type
  • Customer reference number (optional)
  • Expedite (yes/no)

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Step 4- Finally, you will be able to pay for your filing by clicking on the Submit bubble in the far left hand column of the below window and entering in the method of payment as well as the return email address. Click on Pay & Submit when ready to complete the filing.

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Tips

Renewal–  In the state of North Carolina, it is required that the majority of businesses file an annual report with the Secretary of State. As the name suggests, this will need to be done each year by the 15th of April, or else you will no longer remain in good standing with the state. To submit this document, you will need to create an online account (tutorial found here), perform a business entity search and follow the prompts as they have you supplying the required information. Once completed, you will need to pay the filing fee of $200 by credit card. You may also mail your annual reports into the Secretary of State’s office, the address for which is displayed below.

Annual Report Section

PO Box 29525 Raleigh,

NC 27626-0525