Welcome to the official Start a Business guide to entity registration in the state of Utah. The office of the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code has provided an online registration system in which filers can create an account to manage their business filings. While the online portal offers the most efficient means of filing, downloadable PDF applications are also available for individuals who wish to file through the mail or by fax. Each method of application will be described in more detail in the linked tutorials found below as this page has been created to serve only as a general overview of the registration process. Scroll down to learn more about the steps that must be taken in order to register your entity in the state.

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Utah Online Account

Creating an online account with the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code is necessary for anyone who wishes to take advantage of the online entity registration system that the state has provided. Not only can you submit your formation application through the online portal, but you will also have the ability to purchase additional certificates. Getting started is simple and the entire process should only take you a few minutes to complete. If you are experiencing difficulties navigating through the application, a tutorial on account registration can be found here.

Search for a Name

The Business Entity Search function found on the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code’s website provides the ability for business representatives to research the details of any entity registered in the state. It is highly recommended, though not legally required, that filers perform a search to investigate the availability of their desired operating name prior to filing. Applications filed with business names that are already registered will most likely be rejected. The link at the heading of this paragraph contains a tutorial on the process of investigating the availability of a name and the steps involved in researching the business details of a particular entity.

How to File in Utah

Step 1- The first step in the filing process is to decide on a name for your business. It is necessary that each entity in the state operates under a unique business name that is distinguishable from that of any other entity on file with the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code. We recommend that filers perform a Business Entity Search prior to formation to check the availability of their desired operating name. Furthermore, some may find filing a $22 Name Reservation application useful as it can secure the rights to a name for a period of 120 days.

Step 2- With a name chosen, you will be ready to start the registration process. Online filers will begin by logging into their accounts to access the filing system on the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code’s website. Paper filers must download the PDF of the requisite filing form (provided in our tutorials below). Click on the link below which corresponds with your entity type to find out more about the exact requirements.

Corporation

Limited Liability Company

Partnerships

Step 3- Once your filing forms have been successfully completed, you will need to attach whatever additional certificates/forms are demanded by the state government. All foreign entities must provide a certificate of good standing or a document of equal qualification with their application. Online filers will be able to complete their registration upon payment of a filing fee (fees listed below). Formation documents filed by mail or fax must be forwarded to the appropriate address below with the attached filing fee and certification.

Mail

Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code
PO Box 146705
Salt Lake City Utah 84114-6705

Fax

(801) 530-6438

(Filing Fees)

Corporation

  • Domestic Profit Corporation- $70
  • Domestic Non-Profit Corporation- $30
  • Domestic Professional Service Corporation- $70
  • Domestic Benefit Corporation- $70
  • Foreign Profit Corporation- $70
  • Foreign Non-Profit Corporation- $30

Limited Liability Company

  • Domestic Limited Liability Company- $70
  • Domestic Professional Service Limited Liability Company- $70
  • Domestic Series Limited Liability Company- $70
  • Domestic Low-Profit Limited Liability Company- $70
  • Foreign Limited Liability Company- $70

Partnerships

  • Domestic Limited Partnership- $70
  • Domestic Limited Liability Partnership- $22
  • Domestic Limited Liability Limited Partnership- $70
  • General Partnership- $22
  • Foreign Limited Partnership- $70
  • Foreign Limited Liability Partnership- $22

Name Reservation

A name reservation application is a valuable tool used to prevent other entities from registering under your operating name while you prepare to register with the state authorities. For a $22 fee, the state of Utah has granted filers 120 days in which the rights to a business name are secured. Filing can be accomplished in a few different ways, each taking only a matter of minutes to complete. Online filers will be able to reserve a name during their registration while paper filers will need to complete a PDF application and forward it to the state. Click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph to find out more about how you can reserve a name in Utah.

Certificate of Existence

Sometime referred to in other states as a certificate of good standing, this document is used to prove an entity’s legitimacy to financial institutions and the authorities of foreign jurisdictions. Its use comes mostly from foreign entities seeking formation in states/countries outside of their own jurisdiction. Obtaining one in Utah is simple and can be accomplished online in just a few minutes. The state requires filers to supply a $12 filing fee, payable by most major credit cards, when requesting a certificate. If you are experiencing difficulty while making a request, click here to view our tutorial on this procedure.

Agreements

Drafting an agreement is a great way to outline the various rules and regulations of your entity. This legal binding contract can define a number of provisions not previously stated in the initial formation documents. Since there’s no requirement to file an agreement with the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code, each individual will need to sign the completed document and file a copy. Take some time to review our free templates with the help of an attorney to see if drafting an agreement could benefit your business . Click on the link below corresponding to your entity type to download the MS Word or PDF documents that we have provided.

Employer Identification Number

An Employer Identification Number should be obtained once correspondence has been received from the state government regarding your entity’s formation. The Internal Revenue Service uses EINs to identify businesses for tax reporting purposes in similar fashion to a Social Security Number. Once obtained, your business will be eligible to apply for loans, register for bank accounts, hire employees, and perform a number of other business transactions. Click here to learn more about the Online and paper filing procedures.

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