This tutorial is meant to act as a general guideline on how to go about registering your limited liability company with the Nebraska Secretary of State. We urge you to take the time to click on the tutorial which matches your entity type and review the detailed step-by-step guide we’ve provided on each page. When filing in Nebraska, it’s necessary that all entities fill out a PDF of their registration documents before submitting it into the office of the Secretary of State. Filing can be done online, or through the mail, with the appropriate filing fee (payable by check or credit card depending on the method of submission).
How to File
Step 1- The first step that we recommend taking prior to submitting your registration forms is to perform a preliminary name availability search of the Secretary of State name database. This process will greatly reduce the risk of a rejected filing. You may also wish the perform a Name Reservation filing to reserve your name for a period of 120 days prior to filing.
Step 2- Now that your name has been secured, you can continue by completing the requisite paperwork for your entity type. The necessary applications will vary depending on whether you represent a foreign or a domestic entity. Click on the link below which correlates with your business type to learn more about the exact filing requirements.
Step 3- You will now be able to attach any additional certificates or forms required by the Secretary of State. This will mean the Application for Electronic Access of Records if your professional LLC provides engineering, architecture or services licensed by the department of health and human services. For all other professional LLCs, this will mean Certificate of Registration. All foreign entities will be able to supply a certificate of existence or similar document issued from the jurisdiction of initial formation.
Step 4- Once all documents have been gathered, you can attach the filing fee (displayed below). The online payment will mark the completion of the filing process. If you plan on mailing in the application instead, you will need to send the registration documents (in duplicate), any additional certificates and the filing fee to the below address for processing.
John A. Gale, Secretary of State
Room 1301 State Capitol, P.O. Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509
EIN– Domestic LLCs, upon receiving correspondence indicating acceptance from the Secretary of State, may be required to apply for an Employer Identification Number. This number will enable your business to legally hire employees, open bank accounts in the company name and apply for large business loans. To learn more about this identifier, and to review our tutorial, click on the link found at the heading of this paragraph. You can also review more detailed instructions on either the Online or the PDF Application process.
Operating Agreement– While this document is not legally obligatory in the state of Nebraska, it’s always wise to draft an operating agreement relaying the various rules and regulations of your organization. This internal document will allow the initial organizers of a limited liability company to successfully delineate the nature of the relationship between the members of the business and the entity itself. To learn more, and to gain access to our free templates, click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph.
Renewal– Limited liability companies in the state of Nebraska are asked to renew every other year through the submission of a biennial report. This document can be submitted online, or through the mail, and will simply update the Secretary of State of any changes that may have occurred over the previous two years. LLCs are asked to submit their report between January 1st and April 1st of each odd year (e.g. 2015, 2017). The failure to do so will result in the dissolution or revocation of the authority to transact business.