Forming a new limited liability company in Wisconsin is an easy process that can be accomplished with the instructions provided within our tutorials. The Department of Financial Institutions has designed an online portal in which filers can submit their registration documents with ease. We have also provided a guide to the paper filing procedure, though it is important to note that an increased filing fee will be required for this type of application. Online registration fees are $130, payable by credit card, while a check in the amount of $170 must be attached to all applications filed by mail.
Each entity in the Wisconsin must operate under a unique business name that is distinguishable from that of any other on file with the state authorities. For this reason, we recommend that a Business Entity Search be performed prior to registration to check the availability of the proposed name. Furthermore, for just $15, a Name Reservation can be used to secure the rights to a business name for 120 days.
How to File (Online)
Step 1- Start by navigating to this website where you’ll need to indicate your entity type by selecting one of the available options (Domestic Limited Liability Company).
Step 2- At the bottom of the following page, select the tab titled Click here to start filing.
Step 3- Provide the LLC business name into the entry field on the following page. Be sure to include the appropriate abbreviation (ex. L.L.C.).
Step 4- Supply the name of the registered agent in Wisconsin as well as the address of the registered office.
Step 5- Indicate whether the management of the company will be vested in a manager/managers, or in the company’s members.
Step 6- Provide the name and complete address of one organizer. You will then be able to add additional organizers or continue by clicking Next.
Step 7- Enter the name of the individual drafting this document and specify the effective date of formation, if not effective upon filing the Articles of Organization.
Step 8- At least one organizer must sign in order to execute this document. Check the small box beside the name of an organizer to provide that individual’s signature.
Step 9- Your contact details will be required on this next page. The entry fields highlighted in red must be completed in order to continue.
Step 10- The information submitted thus far will be reviewable on the following page. Scroll down to the bottom and click Next after verifying that the information was entered correctly.
Step 11- Lastly, provide your credit card details to pay for the $130 filing fee. Click Submit Payment to complete the registration process.
How to File (PDF)
Step 1- Start by downloading the Articles of Organization.
Step 2- Once open in your PDF viewer, supply the following information:
- 1-Name of the limited liability company
- 3-Name of the registered agent
- 4-Address of the registered office
- 5-Specify as to whether the company will be vested in a manager/managers or members
- 6-Name and address of each organizer
- Name of the individual drafting this document
- Alternative business name (optional)
- Return mailing address
- Phone number
Step 3- Once you’ve completed the application, a filing fee in the amount of $170 will need to be attached. This fee is payable by check made out to the Department of Financial Institutions. Forward both items to the address below.
State of WI Dept. of Financial Institutions
Milwaukee WI 53293-0348
EIN – After completing your registration with the Department of Financial Institutions, and affirmation of acceptance has been received, it will most likely be necessary to obtain an Employer Identification Number. This number is issued by the Internal Revenue Service to all legitimate, tax-withholding employers. After successfully registering for an EIN, your business will be legally allowed to hire employees, apply for loans or bank accounts, and perform a number of other transactions that are necessary to the operation of any business in the United States. The link found in the heading of this paragraph contains tutorials for both the Online and paper filing procedures.
Operating Agreement – Drafting an operating agreement after forming a new limited liability company can greatly strengthen the organizational structure of your business. This internal document is a written agreement signed by all relevant parties which states the manner in which the business is to be run and defines the relationship between the LLC and its members. There is no legal obligation to file this agreement with the Department of Financial Institutions, it will instead be held with the members of the LLC. A free template has been linked in the heading of this paragraph, available for download in MS Word and PDF formats.
Renewal – It is necessary for all limited liability companies registered in Wisconsin to renew their registration each year with the submission of an annual report. Filing this renewal will allow you to remain in good standing with the Department of Financial Institutions and will provide you with the ability to update your general business information. Renewals must be filed during the first quarter of each year following the calendar year in which the corporation became authorized to transact business in Wisconsin. The state’s offices have provided an online portal through which the annual reports and $25 filing fees can be submitted.