Welcome to Start a Business’s partnership registration guide for the state of Vermont. Below you will be able to review the filing process for both foreign and domestic general partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships whether you plan on registering online or by PDF. We’ve done our best to break down the business registration process to give filers an idea of what they can expect when submitting their information to the Corporations Division (the department of the Secretary of State’s office responsible for business filings and management). Once the filing forms have been completed, online or otherwise, you will be required to pay the filing fee associated with your partnership type (list provided below).

Before registration, it is wise to conduct a name availability search to ensure that your chosen partnership name is unique to your entity alone. Also, we recommend that filers reserve their name if they need additional time to prepare for filing. While the option to reserve for a partnership does not appear on the filing form, you may reserve your name as a trade name and then register as a partnership when the time comes. Filing online doesn’t require you to specify the entity type.

How to File a GP (Online)

Step 1- To file online, you will first need to navigate to this webpage and submit your login credentials into the appropriate fields. If you haven’t yet created an online account, you may find our tutorial on the registration process helpful.

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Step 2- Once successfully logged into your account, you will then need to locate the MOST FREQUENT ONLINE SERVICES option from the menu on the far left of the screen. Once clicked, select the Start or Register Your Business link.

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Step 3- First, you will need to identify whether you are filing a foreign or a domestic entity. Next, use the drop down menus to select your business type and partnership type.

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Step 4- The first page of the forms will have you entering your first three choices of GP name, the business description (provided by NAICS codes), the domestic state of formation, date of formation and chief executive office address. Once all that information has been provided, click Continue.

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Step 5- The second page will ask that you first provide the business email address and indicate the length of the term. After this, you will be able to search for your registered agent or create one. Enter the name of the individual or business into the provided field, click search, and select your agent from the search results. Provide next, the name and address of each general partner and any additional provisions (in the form of an uploaded PDF). Finally, you will be able to indicate the effective filing date, provide your signature by typing your name into the signature fields, and enter your title held within the company.

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Step 6- This page will give you the opportunity to review and edit the information submitted thus far. Providing that it is all accurate, you may click Proceed to Pay.

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Step 7- Online filers will have the opportunity to pay by credit card or eCheck. If paying by card, submit your card info and billing address. If you are paying by eCheck you will need to supply the following data:

  • Bank name
  • Bank account number
  • Account holder name
  • Bank account type
  • Routing number
  • Billing address

It is also possible to, at this point, print off a PDF of the completed document and mail it to the Secretary of State. Doing so will allow you to download a completed PDF, attach a check made out to the Vermont Secretary of State for the $125 filing fee, and send it in the mail to the below address. Note that you will have the opportunity to apply for a Vermont tax account and apply for registration with the Department of Labor once you’ve completed the Corporations Division registration process.

Vermont Secretary of State : Corporations Division

128 State Street

Montpellier, VT 05633

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How to File a Domestic LP/LLP (Online)

Step 1- To file online, you will first need to navigate to this webpage and submit your login credentials into the appropriate fields. If you haven’t yet created an online account, you may find our tutorial on the registration process helpful.

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Step 2- Select the MOST FREQUENT ONLINE SERVICES heading on the far left hand side of your home page. From the options in the drop down menu, select the Start or Register Your Business link.

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Step 3- Identify whether your registering a foreign or domestic entity and choose the business type as well as the partnership type.

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Step 4- In the case of both LPs and LLPs, it will be necessary to enter the business name (and two alternative names if you wish), the description of the business (by NAICS codes), and the physical and mailing address of the chief executive office.

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Step 5- On the secondary page, provide the business email address, the registered agent information and each partner’s name and address. Those registering LPs will need to also supply the term date.

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Step 6- Both LLP and LP filers will have the option to provide additional information or provisions via PDF upload. Also, both filers will need to provide the effective date and their authorized signature and title. Those submitting LPs will also, on this page, need to submit the amount of cash and a description of the agreed upon value of other property contributed by each limited partner.

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Step 7- Review the contents of the previous forms on this last page and make edits when necessary. When you are certain that all information is accurate and complete, you may click Proceed to Pay.

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Step 8-  In terms of online payment, you will be given these two options: pay by credit card or pay by eCheck. If paying by card, submit your card info and billing address. If you are paying by eCheck you will need to supply the following data:

  • Bank name
  • Bank account number
  • Account holder name
  • Bank account type
  • Routing number
  • Billing address

It is also possible to, at this point, print off a PDF of the completed document and mail it to the Secretary of State. Doing so will allow you to download a completed PDF, attach a check made out to the Vermont Secretary of State for the $75 (LLP) or $125 (LP) filing fee, and send it in the mail to the below address. Note that you will have the opportunity to apply for a Vermont tax account and apply for registration with the Department of Labor once you’ve completed the Corporations Division registration process.

Vermont Secretary of State : Corporations Division

128 State Street

Montpellier, VT 05633

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How to File a Foreign LP/LLP (Online)

Step 1- Navigate to this webpage and submit your login credentials into the appropriate fields to log into your account. If you haven’t yet created an online account you may want to review this tutorial on the subject.

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Step 2- Once logged in, click on the MOST FREQUENT ONLINE SERVICES heading on the far left hand side of your page. Under this heading you should be able to locate the Start or Register Your Business option.

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Step 3- First, select the foreign registration option. Next, select your entity type and partnership type from the two drop down menus.

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Step 4- Both LP and LLP filing forms will require the below information with the one exception being that LP representatives will also need to indicate the date their partnership was first formed.

  • Name of partnership and two alternative names (if necessary)
  • Business description (NAICS code and subcode)
  • Domestic state
  • Principle office physical and mailing address

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Step 5- On this page, provide the business email address, the duration of the term (LP only), the registered agent information and the name and address of the general partners. At the bottom of the page, you will be able to indicate the effective date of filing, provide your authorized signature, and enter your authorized title before clicking Continue.

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Step 6- Review all the data you’ve submitted into the previous pages and if accurate, click Proceed to Pay.

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Step 7- You will be able to pay the $100 (LLP) or $125 (LP) filing fee by credit card or eCheck. If the former is the case, provide your card information and billing address into the appropriate fields. If you are paying by eCheck you will need to supply the following data:

  • Bank name
  • Bank account number
  • Account holder name
  • Bank account type
  • Routing number
  • Billing address

It is also possible to, at this point, print off a PDF of the completed document and mail it to the Secretary of State (address below) with the attached filing fee in the form of a check or money order (made payable to the Vermont Secretary of State). Note that after paying the filing fee, you will be able to apply for a Vermont tax account and register with the Department of Labor.

Vermont Secretary of State : Corporations Division

128 State Street

Montpellier, VT 05633

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How to File a GP (PDF)

Step 1- To file a general partnership, you will need to download the PDF of the Statement of Partnership Authority.

Step 2- Once open in your PDF viewer, provide the following information:

  • Name and address of the individual to receive correspondence from the Secretary of State
  • 1- Business name
  • 2- Business purpose
  • 3- Business address
  • 4- Registered agent name and address
  • 5- Each partner’s name, address, and authority (if more than two, attach additional page)
  • Name, title, signature and date of signing from each partner

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Step 3- When finished, print off the form, provide the signatures and make a duplicate copy. Place both documents in an envelope with a check or money order made out to the Vermont Secretary of State for the $125 filing fee. Send the filing package to the below address to complete the paper filing process.

Vermont Secretary of State : Corporations Division

128 State Street

Montpellier, VT 05633

How to File a Domestic LP (PDF)

Step 1- To file for the formation of a domestic limited partnership through the mail, you will first need to download the Certificate of Limited Partnership.

Step 2- Provide the following information into its fields:

  • Name and address of individual or business to receive correspondence from the Secretary of State
  • 1- Business name
  • 2a- Business description
  • 2b- Termination date
  • 2c- Email address (optional)
  • 2d- Principle office address
  • 3- Registered agent name and address
  • 4a- Name and address of each initial general partner (if more than two, attach additional pages)
  • 4b- Name and address of each initial limited partner (if more than two, attach additional pages)
  • 5- Effective date
  • Name, title, signature, and date of signing from each partner

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Step 3- Once complete, print the forms off, provide the requisite signatures and make a duplicate copy. Next, write a check or money order out for the total of $125, made out the Vermont Secretary of State. Place all items in an envelope and send them to the below address to be processed by the Corporations Division.

Vermont Secretary of State : Corporations Division

128 State Street

Montpellier, VT 05633

How to File a Foreign LP (PDF)

Step 1- You may file through the mail by downloading the Registration of Limited Partnership form.

Step 2- When downloaded, supply the following information:

  • Name and address of individual or business to receive correspondence from the Secretary of State
  • 1- Business name
  • 2a- Business description
  • 2b- Termination date
  • 2c- Date of formation in domestic state
  • 2d- Email address (optional)
  • 2e- Principle office address
  • 3- Registered agent name and address
  • 4- State of domestication
  • 5a- Name and address of each general partner (if more than two, attach additional pages)
  • 6- Effective date
  • Name, title, signature and date of signing from one general partner

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Step 3- Print off the completed form and make a duplicate copy once it’s been signed. Attach to the documents both a certificate of good standing from your jurisdiction of initial formation and the filing fee. This $125 fee can be paid by check or money order made out to the Vermont Secretary of State. When ready, mail all items to the below address to be processed by the Corporations Division.

Vermont Secretary of State : Corporations Division

128 State Street

Montpellier, VT 05633

How to File a LLP (PDF)

Step 1- You may use the Statement of Qualification to file a foreign or a domestic LLP.

Step 2- Once downloaded, provide the following information:

  • Name and address of individual or business to receive correspondence from the Secretary of State
  • 1- Business name
  • 2- Business purpose
  • 3- Jurisdiction of formation
  • 4a- Principle office
  • 4b- Office in Vermont
  • 5- Initial registered agent name and address
  • 6- Name, address and email address of each partner
  • 7- Effective date
  • Name, title, signature of each partner and the date of signing

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Step 3- Once you’ve completed the forms, you can print them off and provide the requisite signatures. Make a duplicate copy and attach to both forms, a check or money order covering the filing fee ($100 foreign, $75 domestic) that has been made payable to the Vermont Secretary of State. You will also need to provide a certificate of good standing or like document which has been issued in your jurisdiction of initial formation. Send the filing package to the below address for processing when ready.

Vermont Secretary of State : Corporations Division

128 State Street

Montpellier, VT 05633

Tips

EIN – If you have just finished registering a new, domestic partnership, you will need to apply for an Employer Identification Number. This number is issued by the IRS to keep track of all legitimate, tax withholding entities in the United States. Without an EIN, entities are unable to open bank accounts, hire employees or apply for financing from financial institutions. For more information on the application process, click on the heading of this paragraph. Otherwise you can navigate directly to the IRS website and apply Online or you can download the PDF of the form SS-4 to apply through the mail.

Partnership Agreement–  It is not required that you draft a partnership agreement in the initial stages of formation, however, it can be extremely useful in the long term. As there is very little in the way of legal evidence regarding the manner in which your entity is to be organized, the use of an agreement of this nature is something we recommend across the board. Clicking on the heading of this paragraph will allow you to learn a little more on what might be provided in such a document and it will supply you with a free template available in both MS Word and Adobe PDF formatting.

Renewal– The process of renewal is only applicable to LLPs for the most part as they are the only partnership type that will be required to submit an annual report. Fortunately for the domestic filer, the fee associated with renewal is set at $15. Likewise, foreign LLPs will need to supply $100. As there is no PDF of the renewal form, the Secretary of State asks that each report be submitted using the portal (for which you will need an account). If you represent a limited liability partnership, it will be necessary for you to renew between January 1st and April 1st of each calendar year. Those forming general partnerships should note that they’re registration expires every 5 years so in this sense, the re-registration is a form of renewal. If you represent this partnership type, you will need to file a Statement of Amendment online when demanded

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