Welcome to the Start a Business guide to entity registration in Wyoming. This webpage has been designed to serve as a general overview of the filing procedures demanded by the Secretary of State. We encourage you to explore the links found below to get a full understanding of what will be required of you in the stages to come. Filers of domestic corporations and limited liability companies will have the ability to submit their registration documents through an online portal, efficiently streamlining the entire filing process. The remaining business types must send their registration filing through the mail. Scroll down and review the various tutorials linked throughout this page to learn more about the exact filing requirements.
Start an Entity
Search for a Name
The Business Entity Search function found on the Secretary of State’s website will allow you to search the name database for any particular entity. Through this process, you may check the availability of an operating name prior to registration. Taking this measure is important since the majority of rejected applications are denied simply due to the fact that the chosen name was unavailable. A search will also provide you with the means to review the filing history and any other public information of a registered business in Wyoming.
How to File in Wyoming
Step 1- Each entity in Wyoming must operate under a unique business name that is distinguishable from that of any others registered with the Secretary of State. For this reason, we recommend that filers perform a Business Entity Search prior to registration to ensure that their desired operating name is available. You may also find filing a Name Reservation to be useful as this can secure the rights to a business name for a period of 120 days. Reservations in this state cost $50 for all business types except non-profit corporations which cost $10.
Step 2- The next step is either accessing the online filing system or downloading the PDF of your filing form. Not all entity types will have the option of both filing processes however. Click on your entity type below to review our step by step guide covering its registration procedure.
- Domestic Profit Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation
- Foreign Profit Corporation
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation
- Domestic Limited Partnership
- Domestic Registered Limited Liability Partnership
- Foreign Limited Partnership
- Foreign Registered Limited Liability Partnership
Step 3- After submitting the requisite information online or by PDF, you will need to pay the filing fee for your business type (fees listed below). Online applications will be completed upon payment of the filing fee by credit card. Paper filers will need to pay by check or money order made out to the Wyoming Secretary of State. Individuals filing for foreign entities will need to attach an original certificate of good standing or a similar document from their initial jurisdiction of formation. Gather all articles and forward them to the address below.
Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002
- Domestic Profit Corporation- $100
- Domestic Non-Profit Corporation- $25
- Foreign Profit Corporation- $100
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation- $25
Limited Liability Company
- Domestic Limited Liability Company- $100
- Foreign Limited Liability Company- $100
- Domestic Limited Partnership- $100
- Domestic Registered Limited Liability Partnership- $100
- Foreign Limited Partnership- $100
- Foreign Registered Limited Liability Partnership- $100
Filing a name reservation application should be executed if you believe that your business name is at risk of being registered by another entity. This reservation process can be accomplished by completing a PDF application and forwarding it to the Secretary of State with an attached check covering the cost of filing. Fees for name reservations in Wyoming cost $50 with exception to non-profit corporations which will cost $10. A tutorial has been provided for anyone seeking assistance on the application process.
Certificate of Good Standing
Requesting a Certificate of Good Standing in Wyoming is a simple procedure that can be accomplished with the instructions found in this tutorial. This type of certification is most commonly used by entities seeking registration in jurisdictions outside of their own as foreign authorities will generally require a business to supply a certificate of good standing. Filers will be able to make a request online using their filing ID number. For those unaware of their ID number, a quick Business Entity Search will provide you with that information. Making a request for this type of certification is free of charge for all registered entities in Wyoming.
Representatives of newly formed entities should consider drafting an agreement to strengthen the organization of their business. This document can be used to define the various logistical and financial provisions not previously stated in any official documentation. There is no legal obligation to draft an agreement, though we highly recommend taking a moment to review our free templates to see if incorporating one could prove beneficial to your business. Click on the link below that corresponds with your entity type to download our templates in MS Word or PDF formats.
Employer Identification Number
Most entities will be required to apply for an Employer Identification Number as soon as acceptance of formation has been received by the Secretary of State. The IRS issues this unique identifier to all legitimate, tax-withholding entities in the United States. Once obtained, your business will be eligible to request loans, apply for bank accounts, hire employees, and perform a number of other financial transactions. A tutorial on the application process has been provided for anyone seeking assistance on this procedure. Using our guide, you will find information on submitting your application Online or by mail with the PDF Form SS-4.