Filing the Articles of Organization is Simple!
Step 1: Get Your Articles of Organization Forms
You can download and mail in your Kansas Articles of Organization, or you can file online. For this first step, choose your preferred method below.
Option 1: Create an account on the Kansas Secretary of State’s website. You must provide an email address to continue with registration. Then, select “Business Entity Formation” from the list provided on the Kansas Business Center website.
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Option 2: Access the Articles of Organization PDF from the Kansas Secretary of State website. This form will need to be mailed to the Kansas Secretary of State with the filing fee.
Step 2: Fill Out the Articles of Organization
In this step, we will help you complete the Kansas Articles of Organization form.
You will need to know the following information to complete the form:
- Entity Name and Address
- Registered Agent Name and Registered Office Address
- Tax Closing Month
Entity Name and Address
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 Kansas naming guidelines.
- is not already in use by another business in Kansas.
Follow the Kansas Naming Guidelines:
- Your name must include one of the following terms or abbreviations: Limited Liability Company, Limited Company, L.L.C., L.C., LLC, or LC.
- Your name can include the name of a member or manager of the LLC.
- Your name can also include one of the following words: Company, Association, Club, Foundation, Fund, Institute, Society, Union, Syndicate, Limited, and Trust.
- Your name cannot include words that could confuse your LLC with a government agency (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.).
- In many states, certain restricted words (e.g., Bank, Attorney, University) may require additional paperwork and a licensed individual to be part of your LLC.
- Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state.
Check Name Availability:
Is your name available in Kansas? Make sure the name you want isn't already taken by doing a name search on the Kansas Business Center website.
To learn more about naming your business, including best practices and creative branding, visit our How to Name a Business in Kansas 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 Kansas 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 Kansas. Your registered agent must always be available at the registered office during regular business hours.
To learn more about choosing a Kansas registered agent, read our How to Choose a Kansas 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.
Tax Closing Month
You must list the ending month of your company’s fiscal year. In Kansas, December is the default.
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.
Option 1: Create an account or log in to the Kansas Secretary of State website. Then, file a new business entity, complete the forms, and submit the Articles of Organization.
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Option 2: Access the Articles of Organization PDF from the Kansas Secretary of State website. Then, mail to the Kansas Secretary of State with the filing fee.
State Filing Cost: $160 online; $165 by mail
Kansas Office of the Secretary of State
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 S.W. 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612
Create an Operating Agreement
A Kansas LLC Operating Agreement is a legal document that outlines the ownership structure and member roles of your LLC.
In Kansas, 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:
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.
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.