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Filing the Articles of Organization is Simple!
Step 1: Get Your Articles of Organization Forms
You can download and mail in your Wyoming Articles of Organization, or you can file online. For this first step, choose your preferred method below.
Get Your Wyoming Articles of Organization
Option 1: Access the Wyoming Secretary of State’s online services. Select “Start Now,” then choose “Limited Liability Company (Domestic)” from the dropdown and accept the terms and conditions.
Option 2: Download the Articles of Organization PDF from the Wyoming Secretary of State. This form will need to be mailed to the Secretary of State.
Step 2: Fill Out the Articles of Organization
In this step, we will help you complete the Wyoming Articles of Organization form. There are four main “Articles.”
You will need to know the following information to complete the form:
- Entity Name
- Registered Agent Name and Registered Office Address
- Mailing and Office 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 Wyoming naming guidelines.
- is not already in use by another business in Wyoming.
Follow the Wyoming Naming Guidelines:
- Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or “limited company” or one of their abbreviations (LLC, L.L.C., LC, L.C.). The word “limited” can be abbreviated as “ltd.” and the word “company” can be abbreviated as “co.”
- A low profit limited liability company must contain one of the following: L3C, l3c, low profit ltd. liability company, low profit ltd. liability co., or low profit limited liability co.
- Your name cannot imply that the LLC is organized for a purpose other than one outlined in its articles of organization.
- Your name cannot contain a word or phrase that implies the LLC is organized under the Wyoming Business Corporation Act, the Wyoming Statutory Close Corporation Supplement, or the Nonprofit Corporation Act.
- You must have approval from the state Division of Banking to include any of the following words (or words of similar meaning): bank, banker, banc, bancorp, bancorporation, banque, banquers, banco, banca, trust.
- You must have approval from the state Department of Education to include any of the following words: academy, college, educate, education, educational, institute, institution, school, or university.
- The Wyoming Secretary of State requires an additional review of names that begin with the letter “A” followed by a space or punctuation, contain special characters, or are in a language other than English.
- Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state. This includes Wyoming reserved names.
Check Name Availability:
Is your name available in Wyoming? Make sure the name you want isn't already taken by doing a name search on the Wyoming 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 Wyoming 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.
After registering a domain name, consider setting up a professional email account (@yourcompany.com). Google's G Suite offers a business email service that comes with other useful tools, including word processing, spreadsheets, and more. Try it for free
Registered Agent and Registered Office
A registered agent accepts and sends legal documents on your LLC’s behalf. When you register your Wyoming 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 Wyoming. Your registered agent must always be available at the registered office during normal business hours.
Your registered office address cannot be a P.O. box alone.
To learn more about choosing a Wyoming registered agent, read our How to Choose a Wyoming 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.
Mailing and Office Address
You must provide your LLC’s primary office address and mailing address.
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.
File the Wyoming Articles of Organization
Option 1: Access the Wyoming Secretary of State’s online services. Select “Start Now,” then choose “Limited Liability Company (Domestic)” from the dropdown and accept the terms and conditions. Fill out the required fields and submit.
Option 2: Download and mail in the Articles of Organization to the Wyoming Secretary of State.
State Filing Cost: $100 by mail, $102 online
Wyoming Secretary of State
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 700
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Turnaround Time: 3-5 business days by mail
Steps After Your Wyoming 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 Wyoming, 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 Wyoming 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 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 The State of Wyoming's Business Council website.
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.