How to File LLC Articles of Organization in Minnesota

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The Articles of Organization is the document you file with the state to register your Minnesota LLC

We will give you all the steps to successfully file your LLC Articles of Organization and officially form your limited liability company.

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Filing the Articles of Organization is Simple!

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Step 1: Get Your Articles of Organization Forms

You can download and mail in your Minnesota Articles of Organization, OR you can file online. For this first step, choose your preferred method below.

Get Your Minnesota Articles of Organization

Option 1: Create an account on the Minnesota Secretary of State website. You must provide an email address to continue with registration. After signing in, select “Business Filings Online” from the top toolbar. Then, scroll down to “File a New Business or Nonprofit.”

Create Account


OR


Option 2: Access the Articles of Organization PDF from the Minnesota Secretary of State website. File in-person or mail to the Minnesota Secretary of State with the filing fee.

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Step 2: Fill Out the Articles of Organization

In this step, we will help you complete the Minnesota Articles of Organization form.


You will need to know the following information to complete each Article:

  1. Entity Name
  2. Registered Agent Name and Registered Office Address
  3. Duration
  4. Organizers

Entity Name

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 Minnesota naming guidelines. 
  • is not already in use by another business in Minnesota. 


Follow the Minnesota Naming Guidelines:

  • Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or the abbreviation “LLC.”
  • Your name cannot contain the words "corporation" or "incorporated" or abbreviations of either word.
  • Your name cannot imply that the LLC is organized for a non-permitted purpose. 
  • Your name cannot include words that could confuse your LLC with a government agency (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.).
  • In some 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 Minnesota? Make sure the name you want isn't already taken by doing a name search on the Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 to prevent others from acquiring it.

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Registered Agent and Registered Office

A registered agent accepts and sends legal documents on your LLC’s behalf. When you register your Minnesota 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 Minnesota. Your registered agent must always be available at the registered office during regular business hours.

To learn more about choosing a Minnesota registered agent, read our How to Choose a Minnesota 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.

Duration 

In Minnesota, the duration for all LLCs is perpetual.

Organizers 

You must include the name and address of each organizer of the LLC.

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 form online.
  • Submit a hard copy by mail or in-person.

File the Minnesota Articles of Organization

Option 1: Create an account or log in to the Minnesota Secretary of State website. Under “File a New Business or Nonprofit,” select “Limited Liability Company (Domestic)” and complete the required fields.

File Online


OR


Option 2: Access the Articles of Organization PDF from the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

Download PDF


State Filing Cost: $155 for online or in-person expedited filing, $135 by mail

Mail to: 
Minnesota Secretary of State - Business Services
Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building
60 Empire Drive, Suite 100
St Paul, MN 55103

Submit In-Person: 
Minnesota Secretary of State - Business Services
Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building
60 Empire Drive, Suite 100
St Paul, MN 55103

Turnaround Time: Filings received by mail are processed non-expedited (first in/first out). Filings received in person are processed expedited (while the customer waits).  Online filings are returned electronically within 3 to 5 business days.

Steps After Your Minnesota LLC Is Officially Formed

Once you’ve filed your Articles of Organization, you should take the following steps:

Create an Operating Agreement

An LLC operating agreement is a legal document that outlines the ownership structure and member roles of your LLC.

In Minnesota, 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.

For more information, read our Minnesota LLC Operating Agreement guide.

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 5 Best Business Bank Accounts for Entrepreneurs reviews on StartupSavant.com.

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.

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.

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