Within this tutorial, we will examine the filing forms of each partnership variety and give insight into the filing fees and requisite certification that must accompany your entity’s filing. All businesses must submit their filing to the Secretary of State’s office in order to lawfully conduct business in this state. We have provided the requisite PDFs to be filed through the mail, or by fax, directly to the office of the Secretary of State. The filing fees, and a list of all available partnership types, has been provided below. When paying your filing fee, you will be required to make it out in the form of a check made payable to the Secretary of State.

Before filing, we always suggest that business representatives cross check the Secretary of State name database to ensure that the name they plan on applying with is completely unique to them in the state of North Dakota. This action can be completed by utilizing the Business Entity Search. You may also wish to perform a Name Reservation which will cost the unusually low price of $10 and last for the equally unusually long period of 12 months.

How to File a Domestic LP/LLLP

Step 1- There currently exists no form issued by the Secretary of State for limited partnerships as well as limited liability limited partnerships. That being said, in order to be considered lawful in North Dakota, you will be required to file a certificate of limited partnership or limited liability partnership, which essentially contains the same information. You will be required to submit the following data into your application with the Secretary of State:

  • 1-Name of LP/LLLP
  • 2-Nature of business
  • 3-Street and mailing address of principle office
  • 4-Name and full address of each general partner
  • 5-Name and address of registered agent
  • 6-Any additional information required by sections 45-10.2-94 or 45-10.2-106.
  • 7-Statement that elects LP to be LLLP (only for LLLPs)

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How to File a Domestic LLP

Step 1- You can begin your filing process by download the Limited Liability Partnership Registration form.

Step 2- On this document, you will be required to submit the following data:

  • 1-Provide the filing fee (listed at top of page)
  • 2-Nature of registration
  • 3-Name of LLP
  • 4-Federal ID number
  • 5-Mailing address of principle office
  • 6-Effective date
  • 7-Phone number
  • 8-Toll free phone number
  • 9a-Name of commercial registered agent
  • 9b-Name of non-commercial registered agent
  • 10-Nature of business transacted in North Dakota
  • 11.1-Will LLP be engaging in ranching? (yes/no)
  • 11.2-Will LLP own or lease land to be used for farming/ranching? (yes/no)
  • 12-Names, SSN/Federal ID numbers and full addresses of each partner
  • 13-Signature and date of each general partner
  • 14-Contact person, their email address and phone number

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How to File a Domestic Professional LLP

Step 1- This is a partnership that is seemingly unique to just a few states, North Dakota of course being one of them. The filing requirements are not very different from that of any other partnership however. You will be able to download the appropriate PDF here.

Step 2- Once you’ve got it opened in your PDF viewer, you will be able to submit the information listed below.

  • 1-Provide the filing fee (listed at top of page)
  • 2-Nature of registration
  • 4-Name of PLLP
  • 5-Federal ID Number
  • 6-Mailing address of principle office
  • 7-Effective date
  • 8-Telephone number
  • 9-Toll free number
  • 10-Profession practice by partnership
  • 11a-Name of commercial registered agent
  • 11b-Name of non-commercial registered agent
  • 12-Name of each partner, their address, SSN/Federal ID number, whether they are managing partner
  • 13-Signature and date of each partner
  • 14-Contact person, their phone number and email address

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How to File a Foreign LP/LLLP

Step 1- Foreign representatives will be able to file for a foreign limited partnership using the same for as those registering a limited liability limited partnership. You can download the required form here.

Step 2- Once downloaded, you will be able to enter the below information using black ink or your PDF viewer.

  • 1-Provide the filing fee (listed at top of page)
  • 2-Partnership type
  • 3-Name of partnership
  • 4-Federal ID number
  • 5-Fictitious name (if applicable)
  • 6-State or country of origin
  • 7-Telephone number
  • 8-Toll-free number
  • 9-Nature of partnership
  • 10a-Name of commercial registered agent
  • 10b-Name of noncommercial registered agent
  • 10c-Address of noncommercial registered agent
  • 11-Complete principle office address
  • 12-General partners’ names, SSN/Federal ID number and full addresses
  • 13-Signature of one partner and date of signing
  • 14-Contact person, their email address and their phone number

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How to File a Foreign LLP

Step 1- If you’re filing for a foreign limited liability partnership, you’ll need to download the PDF for the registration form here.

Step 2- Once open, you will need to supply the following information:

  • 1-Be sure to attach the filing fee (top of page)
  • 3-Registration type
  • 4-Name of partnership
  • 5-Federal ID number
  • 6-Name to be used in North Dakota
  • 7-Original jurisdiction
  • 8-Complete address of principle office
  • 9-Expiration date in country/state of origin
  • 10-Telephone number
  • 11-Toll-free number
  • 12a-Name of commercial registered agent
  • 12b-Name of non-commercial registered agent
  • 12c-Address of non-commercial registered agent in North Dakota
  • 13-Nature of business to be transacted
  • 14.1-Will LLP be engaging in farming/ranching? (yes/no)
  • 14.2-Will LLP own or lease land to be used for farming/ranching? (yes/no)
  • 15-Name, federal ID or SSN, full address of each partner
  • 16-Signature and date of signing by each partner
  • 17-Contact person, their email and phone number

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How to File a Foreign Professional LLP

Step 1- Filing as a foreign professional limited liability partnership requires that you first download the registration document and open it up in your PDF viewer.

Step 2- The information required of you is as follows:

  • 1-Provide the filing fee (listed at top of page)
  • 2-Nature of registration
  • 5-Name of PLLP
  • 6-Federal ID Number
  • 7-Name to be used in North Dakota
  • 8-Jurisdiction of origin
  • 9-Mailing address of principle office
  • 10-Expiration date in state of origin
  • 11-Telephone number
  • 12-Toll free number
  • 13- Profession practiced by partnership
  • 14a-Name of commercial registered agent
  • 14b-Name of non-commercial registered agent
  • 15-Name of each partner, their address, SSN/Federal ID number, whether they are managing partner
  • 16-Signature and date of each partner
  • 17-Contact person, their phone number and email address

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How to Submit your Filing Forms to the Secretary of State

Step 1- You will first need to attach all the necessary certificates to the filing forms. Essentially this will simply mean the certificate of existence/good standing/status issued by the appropriate authorities in your state of initial formation. This of course only applies to foreign partnerships. Also, if you are representing a professional LLP, you will need to supply certification from the licensing board associated with your profession.

Step 2- You have two options for submission, you can either fax the document along with the credit card voucher to 701-328-2992, or you can send it along with the filing fee to the below address. A list of all filing fees has been supplied at the top of this page.

Secretary of State
State of North Dakota
600 E Boulevard Avenue Dept 108
Bismarck ND 58505-0500

Tips

EIN– It will necessary to apply for an Employer Identification Number following the acceptance of your registration documents. This is of course only applicable to those forming domestic partnerships as foreign applicants will most likely already be operating with the use of this number. Once obtained, you will be able to use the EIN to activate bank accounts, legally employee personnel, apply for loans, or essentially commit to all levels of financial transaction. For more information on the application process, you can click on the heading of this paragraph. On the tutorial presented to you, you will be able to review both the Online application process as well as the one for the Form SS-4.

Partnership Agreement– Drafting a binding agreement amongst the general partners of your business will allow you to designate the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved. Although this is not a legal step in the formation of your business, and needn’t be filed with the Secretary of State, you would be wise to draft this document all the same as without it, there will be no legal record as to how you plan on managing your internal affairs. Click on the heading of this paragraph to gain access to our template found in both MS Word and Adobe PDF.

Renewal– The process of renewal is a simple one in the state of North Dakota. Like with the registration of an entity, there will be an associated filing fee ($20) and you will need to submit the report to the Secretary of State. This will ensure that you remain in good standing and will allow the authorities to keep tabs on any significant changes which may have occurred over the course of a year. You will need to file your report by the 1st of April of each year to the below address or fax it to 701-328-2992. If you decide to fax, you will be required to fill out the credit card payment voucher found at the bottom of the PDF for your annual report.

Annual Report Processing Center
Secretary of State
State of North Dakota
PO Box 5513
Bismarck ND 58506-5513

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