Filing the Indiana Articles of Organization is Easy!
Step 1: Get Your Articles of Organization Forms
You can download and mail in your Indiana Articles of Organization, OR you can file online. For this first step, choose your preferred method below.
Option 1: Create an account to file online. Select “Start a New Business” from the top toolbar. Then, select “Get Started.” Sign up for an account to proceed. You must provide an email address to continue with registration.
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Option 2: Access the Articles of Organization PDF from the Indiana Secretary of State website. This form will need to be mailed to the Indiana Secretary of State.
Step 2: Fill Out The Articles Of Organization
In this step, we will help you complete the Indiana Articles of Organization form.
You will need to know the following information to complete each Article:
- Entity Name and Address
- Registered Agent Name and Registered Office Address
- Governing Authority Type
Entity Name and Type
Having a creative and smart business name is important but not as important as having a legally correct name.
When you choose a name for your business, you have to make sure the name:
- meets Indiana naming guidelines.
- is not already in use by another business in Indiana.
Follow the Indiana Naming Guidelines:
- Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or one of its abbreviations (LLC or L.L.C.).
- Your name cannot include words that could confuse your LLC with a government agency (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.).
- You must have approval from the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions to use the word “bank” (or any variation) in your LLC’s name.
- Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state. This includes Indiana reserved business names.
Check Name Availability:
Is your name available in Indiana? Make sure the name you want isn't already taken by doing a name search on the Indiana InBiz website.
To learn more about naming your business, including best practices and creative branding, visit our How to Name a Business in Indiana guide.
Not sure what to name your business? Check out our Business Name Generator.
Register Your Domain Name:
We recommend checking to see if your business name is available as a web domain. Even if you don't plan to make a business website today, you may want to buy the URL in order to prevent others from acquiring it.
Registered Agent and Registered Office
A registered agent accepts and sends legal documents on your LLC’s behalf. When you register your Indiana LLC, you are required to list your registered agent and your registered office.
Your registered agent can be anyone 18 years or older that lives in Indiana. Your registered agent must always be available at the registered office during regular business hours.
To learn more about choosing an Indiana registered agent, read our How to Choose an Indiana Registered Agent guide.
To learn more about what a registered agent does and how to choose one, read our What is a Registered Agent guide.
You must state whether the LLC is perpetual until its dissolution or if it has a planned dissolution date.
You must state whether your LLC will be managed by a manager(s) or if it will be a single-member LLC.
To learn everything you need to know about choosing your management structure, read our Management by Members or Managers guide.
Step 3: File the Articles of Organization
To register your LLC, you will need to file the Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State.
There are two ways to file your Articles of Organization:
- Complete the forms online.
- Submit a hard copy by mail or in person.
Option 1: Create an account with INBiz or log in. Then, select “Start a New Business” from the top toolbar. You can choose whether you would like guided assistance in filing or not.
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Option 2: File by mail with the Indiana Secretary of State's downloadable form.
State Filing Cost: $95 online; $100 by mail
Secretary of State Business Services Division
302 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Create an Operating Agreement
An Indiana LLC Operating Agreement is a legal document that outlines the ownership structure and member roles of your LLC.
In Indiana, you aren’t required to have an Operating Agreement to officially form an LLC, but it's still a good idea to have one. You can start your operating agreement before, during, or after you file your Articles of Organization.
Your operating agreement will be kept in your LLC’s private business records; you do not file it with the state.
Use our free Operating Agreement Tool to draft a customized operating agreement for your LLC.
Get an EIN
An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is like a social security number for your LLC. You will need an EIN if you want to hire employees or open business bank accounts.
You can get your EIN for free through the IRS website, via fax, or by mail. If you would like to learn more about EINs and how they can benefit your LLC, read our What is an EIN article.
Open a Business Bank Account
Using dedicated business banking and credit accounts is essential to protect your business' corporate veil. When your personal and business accounts are mixed, your personal assets (your home, car, and other valuables) are at risk in the event your LLC is sued.
For reviews on some of our most trusted business banks, visit our Best Banks for Small Business review.
Get Licenses and Permits
When you are registering an LLC, you need to determine if your business needs any licenses or permits in order to remain compliant. On the federal level, there are a handful of business activities that require licenses and/or permits.
Find out how to obtain necessary licenses and permits for your business or have a professional service do it for you:
- Federal: Use the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) guide to federal business licenses and permits.
- State: Apply for or learn more about licenses, permits, and registration with the Indiana Business Owner's Guide.
- Local: Contact your local county clerk and ask about local licenses and permits.
Brand Your Business
The strongest and most memorable businesses are built on a solid brand. When developing your brand, think about what your business stands for. Customers and clients are looking for companies that have a compelling brand, as much as they are shopping for high-quality products and services.
Your business name is the cornerstone of good branding and a successful business. To learn more about creating the best name for your business, read our How to Name a Business guide.
Creating a logo for your business is vital for increasing brand awareness. You can design your own unique logo using our Free Logo Generator. Our free tool can help you design your own unique logo for your new business idea.