Filing the Articles of Organization is Simple!
Step 1: Get Your Articles of Organization Forms
You can download and mail in your Articles of Organization, or you can file online. For this first step, choose your preferred method below.
Option 1: Create an account to file your Articles of Organization on the Louisiana Secretary of State website. You must provide your email and read the terms of conditions to proceed with the registration.
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Option 2: Access the Articles of Organization PDF from the Louisiana Secretary of State. This form will need to be mailed or delivered in-person to the Louisiana Secretary of State.
Step 2: Fill Out the Articles of Organization
In this step, we will help you complete the Louisiana Articles of Organization form. In Louisiana, this step actually consists of two forms: the Articles of Organization and the Limited Liability Company Initial Report.
You will need to know the following information to complete these forms:
- Entity Name and Address
- Registered Agent Name and Address
- Business Purpose
- Duration of Company
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 Louisiana naming guidelines.
- Is not already in use by another business in Louisiana
Follow the Louisiana Naming Guidelines:
- Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or the abbreviations LLC or LC.
- Your name cannot imply that the LLC is organized for any unlawful purpose or one not outlined in its articles of organization.
- You must have approval to include certain words:
- You must have approval from the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board to include the words "engineer," "engineering," "surveyor," "surveying," (or any variations).
- You must have approval from the Louisiana Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions to include any of the following words: bank, banker, banking, savings, safe deposit, trust, trustee, building and loan, homestead, or credit union.
- Your name cannot include the word “insurance” unless the LLC is an independent insurance agency or brokerage firm.
- Your name cannot contain the phrase "doing business as" or the abbreviation "d/b/a."
- Your name cannot include words that could confuse your LLC with a government agency (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.).
- Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state. This includes Louisiana reserved names.
- Names of low-profit limited liability companies must include the words "low-profit limited liability company," the abbreviation "L3C," or the abbreviation "l3c."
Check Name Availability:
Is your name available in Louisiana? Make sure the name you want isn't already taken by doing a name search on the Louisiana Secretary of State website.
To learn more about naming your business, including best practices and creative branding, visit our How to Name a Business in Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana. It seems simple, but it's important to know that your registered agent must always be available at the registered office during regular business hours.
To learn more about choosing a Louisiana registered agent, read our How To Choose a Louisiana 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.
In Louisiana, you can form a limited liability company for any legal or non-prohibited activity. You can simply check the box next to “Engaging in any lawful activity for which limited liability companies may be formed.”
Keep in mind that a business purpose that involves licensing, tax-exemption, or tax-deductible status requires special language from the IRS or a professional license.
You must state whether your business’ duration is perpetual or if there is a planned dissolution date.
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 or login to file your Articles of Organization on the Louisiana Secretary of State website.
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Option 2: Access the Articles of Organization PDF from the Louisiana Secretary of State.
State Filing Cost: $100
State of Louisiana Secretary of State
P. O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
8585 Archives Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Create an Operating Agreement
A Louisiana LLC Operating Agreement is a legal document that outlines the ownership structure and member roles of your LLC.
In Louisiana, 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.