Filing the Certificate of Organization Is Simple!
Step 1: Get Your Certificate of Organization Form
Nebraska does not provide entrepreneurs with a standard form to create a Certificate of Organization. Instead, you must create a Certificate of Organization that includes certain information and then file it either online or by mail.
Step 2: Draft the Certificate of Organization
In this step, we will help you create the Nebraska Certificate of Organization.
You will need to include all of the following information on the form you create:
- Entity Name and Address
- Agent for Service of Process Information
- Effective Date
- The word “Organizer” and the Organizer’s signature
- Additional PLLC Information (if applicable)
Entity Name and Address
First, you will need to list your LLC’s legal name and address.
When you choose a name for your business, you have to make sure the name:
- meets Nebraska naming guidelines.
- is not already in use by another business in Nebraska.
Follow the Nebraska Naming Guidelines:
- Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or “limited company” or one of their abbreviations (LLC, L.L.C., LC, or L.C.).
- 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 not be the same as or deceptively similar to any existing business in the state. This includes Nebraska reserved names.
Check Name Availability:
Is your name available in Nebraska? Make sure the name you want isn't already taken by doing a name search on the Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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.
Agent for Service of Process Information
Next, list your agent of service of process’s name and address. You cannot use a P.O. box, it must be a physical address.
An agent for service of process, known as a registered agent in other states, accepts and sends legal documents on your LLC’s behalf. When you register your Nebraska LLC, you are required to list your agent for service of process and their registered office.
Your agent for service of process can be anyone 18 years or older that lives in Nebraska. Your agent must always be available at the registered office during regular business hours.
To learn more about choosing a Nebraska agent for service of process, read our How to Choose a Nebraska 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.
Include the date that you would like your Certificate of Organization to be effective.
The Word “Organizer” and the Organizer’s Signature
You must state the name(s) of your LLC’s organizer(s) and have them sign the Certificate of Organization.
Additional PLLC Information (if applicable)
If you are creating a professional service LLC (PLLC), provide information according to the guidelines in state statute 21-117. PLLC's are formed by professionals such as doctors, lawyers, accountants, and engineers.
Step 3: File the Certificate of Organization
To register your LLC, you will need to file the Certificate of Organization with the Secretary of State. This can be done online or by mail.
OPTION 1: File online by selecting "Forming a New Entity/Qualifying a Foreign Entity," selecting "Domestic Limited Liability Company" from the options, and continuing to fill out the required fields. Then, upload a PDF of your Certificate of Organization.
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OPTION 2: Draft and submit the Certificate of Organization by mail
State Filing Cost: $100 online and $110 by mail
Robert B. Evnen, Secretary of State
P.O. Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509
Create an Operating Agreement
A Nebraska LLC operating agreement is a legal document that outlines the ownership structure and member roles of your LLC.
In Nebraska, 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 Certificate 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 to remain compliant. On the federal level, there are a handful of business activities that require licenses 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 Nebraska's Business Licensing website.
- 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.
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.