Cost to Form an LLC in Alaska

The cost to start an Alaska limited liability company (LLC) online is $250. This fee is paid to the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development when filing the LLC’s Articles of Organization.

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How Much Does an LLC Cost in Alaska?

Alaska LLC Online Filing Fee: $250

The main cost of forming an LLC is the $250 fee to file your LLC's Articles of Organization online with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.

Registered Agent Fee

In Alaska you can be your own registered agent, but using a registered agent service helps keep your company in compliance and reminds you of important filing deadlines and avoid late fees.
Registered agent fees start at $39 for the first year. We recommend using:

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Read our guide to learn more about Alaska Registered Agents. You can also read our full guide on the best registered agent services.

Alaska Business License Renewal Fee: $50

Alaska LLCs must renew their state business license each year. There is typically a $50 renewal fee, but as of February 2021, the fee is suspended. Companies that sell products containing tobacco or nicotine must pay an additional $100 endorsement fee.

You can file a Business License Renewal Application (Form 08-4617) online, by mail, by fax, or in person.

Alaska Biennial Report Fee: $200

Alaska requires LLCs to file a biennial report with the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.

You can submit a biennial report online or by mail. The fee is $200, and the report is due by January 2 every other year.

Cost to Form a Foreign LLC in Alaska

If you already have an LLC that is registered in another state and you’d like to expand your business into Alaska, you’ll need to register your LLC as a foreign LLC in Alaska.

The cost for registering an Alaska foreign LLC is $350. You can register a foreign LLC in Alaska by filing a Certificate of Registration of a Foreign Limited Liability Company and submitting it online, by mail, by fax, or in person.

Business Permits and Licenses

Depending on your industry and geographical location, your business might need federal, state, and local permits/licenses to legally operate in Alaska. This is true whether you form an LLC or any other type of business structure.

Learn more about state and local licensing with our guide to getting an Alaska business license.

Other LLC Filing Costs

There are optional fees associated with LLC formation:

LLC Name Reservation:
File a Business Name Reservation Form (Form 08-559) and pay the $25 filing fee to reserve your name for up to 120 days prior to LLC formation. This can be done online, by mail, by fax, or in person.

Doing Business As (DBA) Name:
File a Business Name Registration Form (Form 08-557) and pay the $25 filing fee to create a name other than your legal LLC business name. This can be done online, by mail, by fax, or in person.

Document Copies:
Obtain certified copies of your Alaska business documents by ordering through the Secretary of State and paying $10 per copy and an additional $5 for certified copies.

Certificate of Compliance:
Also known as an Alaska certificate of good standing, you can obtain this document by ordering one through the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development and paying the $10 fee. A certificate of compliance is often required by banks and lending institutions.

How to Register an Alaska LLC Yourself

Forming an LLC yourself is easy; just follow the five steps below.

Recommended: If you already have a business that is running as a sole proprietorship, visit our How to Change from a Sole Proprietorship to LLC page.

Five Basic Steps to Start an LLC in Alaska

Step 1: Name Your Alaska LLC
Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent
Step 3: File the Article of Organization
Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement
Step 5: Get an EIN

Step 1: Name Your Alaska LLC

When you name your Alaska LLC, you’ll need to choose a name that:

  1. Is available for use in the state of Alaska
  2. Meets Alaska naming requirements
  3. Is available as a web domain

Recommended: Visit our Start an LLC in Alaska guide for detailed naming rules and instructions for registering a business name in Alaska.

Not sure what to name your business? Check out our How to Name a Business guide and free LLC Name Generator.

We recommend that you check online to see if your business name is available as a web domain. Even if you don't plan to create a business website today, you may want to buy the URL in order to prevent others from acquiring it.

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Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent

All LLCs in Alaska must appoint a registered agent. A registered agent primarily acts as your LLC’s main point of contact with the state. But most importantly, they are responsible for accepting service of process in the event your business is sued.

Your Alaska registered agent must be:

  • At least 18 years or older
  • Have a physical address in Alaska
  • Available during normal business hours to accept service of process
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Step 3: File the Article of Organization

The Alaska Form 08-484 - Articles of Organization is a document that is filed with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to form an LLC. The fee for filing the Articles of Organization is $250.

For detailed instructions for completing the Articles of Organization, visit our How to File the Alaska Articles of Organization guide.

File an Alaska Articles of Organization

OPTION 1: File Online With the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

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OPTION 2: File Form 08-484 by Mail, by Fax, or in Person

Form 08-484


State Filing Cost: $250, payable to the State of Alaska

Mailing Address:
State of Alaska Corporations Section
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811

Office Address:
333 Willoughby Ave., 9th Floor
State Office Building
Juneau, AK 99801-1770

Fax: (907) 465-2974

Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement

An operating agreement isn't required for Alaska LLCs, but it's a good practice to have one.

What is an operating agreement? An operating agreement is a legal document outlining the ownership and operating procedures of an LLC.

Why are operating agreements important? A comprehensive operating agreement ensures that all business owners are on the same page and reduces the risk of future conflict.

For more information on operating agreements, read our Alaska LLC operating agreement guide.

Step 5: Get an EIN

What is an EIN? An EIN or Employer Identification Number is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue System (IRS) to identify a business for tax reporting purposes. An EIN is essentially a Social Security number (SSN) for your company.

Why do I need an EIN? An EIN number is required for the following:

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Free EIN: You can get an EIN from the IRS website (free of charge) after forming your business.

Alaska LLC Cost FAQ

Do you have to pay for an Alaska LLC every year?

Alaska LLCs typically have to pay a $50 business license renewal fee each year. However, as of February 2021, that fee has been suspended. There is also a $200 biennial report fee.

Is an LLC really necessary?

An LLC provides limited liability protection. This means an LLC protects your personal assets in the event of a business loss, such as a lawsuit or unpaid debt.

We recommend any small business that carries even the smallest amount of risk or liability to form an LLC. Learn more in our Should I Start an LLC guide.

What is the cheapest way to get an LLC?

You can save money on getting an LLC by completing the formation process yourself, making your own operating agreement, being your own registered agent, and getting your own EIN.

Check out our How to Save Money Forming Your LLC guide to learn more.

Can I pay myself a salary from my LLC?

You can pay yourself a salary from your LLC, but it would be called a draw or distribution if your LLC is taxed in the default way by the IRS.

Visit our How to Pay Yourself from an LLC guide to learn more.

Is an S corp better than an LLC?

An S corporation (S corp) is an IRS tax status, not a type of business entity. An LLC can be taxed in the default way or as an S corp. For some businesses, being taxed as an S corp can make lots of sense.

Check out our LLC vs. S corp guide to find out if S corp status is right for your business.

What’s better: sole proprietorship or LLC?

A sole proprietorship is only good for businesses that carry very low risk of liability because sole proprietorships don’t offer any liability protection.

Learn more in our sole proprietorship vs. LLC guide.

More Alaska Small Business Resources

Article Sources

Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development - Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing:
https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/


IRS - Employer ID Numbers:
https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/employer-id-numbers


SBA - Apply for Licenses and Permits:
https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/launch-your-business/apply-licenses-and-permits


Chamber of Commerce - Alaska Chamber of Commerce List:
https://www.officialusa.com/stateguides/chambers/alaska.html