How Much Does It Cost to Start an LLC?

The primary cost of forming an LLC is the state filing fee, which ranges between $40 and $500, depending on your state. 

There are two options for forming your LLC:

  • You can hire a professional LLC formation service to set up your LLC (for an additional small fee).
  • Or, you can use our free Form an LLC guide to do it yourself.

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State LLC Formation Cost Breakdown

When forming an LLC yourself, the only cost you are responsible for is the state filing fee. A few states also require a publication fee or a name reservation fee. 

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State Filing Fee

The main cost when forming an LLC is typically the fee of filing your Articles of Organization with the State. This fee ranges between $40 and $500, depending on your state.

Publication Fees

Some states (ArizonaNebraska, and New York) require your newly incorporated LLC to publish a statement of formation in a local newspaper. Publishing costs can be anywhere between $40 and $2000, depending on your state’s specific requirements.

Name Reservation Fee

If you’re forming an LLC in Alabama, you will also need to reserve your LLC’s name for a small fee of $10-$28. Reserving a name is optional for all other States.

Where Should I Form My LLC?

The rule of thumb is that you should always form your LLC in the state where you plan to conduct business. Otherwise, you may end up with additional unwanted costs and paperwork. For more information, visit our Best State to Form an LLC guide.

Cost to Form an LLC in Every State

The table below provides the filing fees in each state as well as any annual expenses. For a more detailed report, click the state name.

Cost of Forming an LLC in Every State
State Set Up Costs Ongoing Costs
Alabama $200+ Annual Privilege License
Alaska $250 $200 Biennially
Arizona $50 + Publishing Requirement No Annual Fee
Arkansas $50 $150 Annually
California $70 $20 Biennially + Annual Franchise Tax
Colorado $50 $10 Annually
Connecticut $120 $20 Annually
Delaware $90 $300 Annual Franchise Tax
District of Columbia $220 $300 Biennially + Annual Franchise Tax
Florida $125 $138.75 Annually
Georgia $100 $50 Annually
Hawaii $50 $15 Annually
Idaho $100 No Annual Fee
Illinois $150 $250 - $300 Annually
Indiana $95 $50 Biennially
Iowa $50 $30 - $45 Biennially
Kansas $160 $50 - $55 Annually
Kentucky $40 $15 - $30 Annually + Annual Entity Tax
Louisiana $100 $30 Annually
Maine $175 $85 Annually
Maryland $100 $300 Annually
Massachusetts $500 $500 Annually
Michigan $50 $25 Annually
Minnesota $155 Annual Partnership Tax
Mississippi $50 No Annual Fee
Missouri $50 No Annual Fee
Montana $70 $20 Annually
Nebraska $100 + Publishing Requirement $10 - $13 Biennially
Nevada $75 $125 Annually
New Hampshire $100 $100 Annual + Annual Enterprise Tax
New Jersey $125 $50 Annually
New Mexico $50 No Annual Fee
New York $200 + Publishing Requirement $9 Biennial + Annual Filing Fee
North Carolina $125 $200 Annually
North Dakota $135 $50 Annually
Ohio $99 Annual Commercial Activity Tax
Oklahoma $100 $25 Annually
Oregon $100 $100 Annually
Pennsylvania $125 + Publishing Requirement No Annual Fee
Rhode Island $150 $50 Annually
South Carolina $110 No Annual Fee
South Dakota $150 $50 Annually
Tennessee $300 Minimum Annual Franchise & Excise Tax
Texas $300 Annual Fee
Utah $70 $20 Annually
Vermont $125 $35 Annually
Virginia $100 $50 Annually
Washington $180 - $200 $60 Annually
West Virginia $100 $25 Annually
Wisconsin $130 - $170 $25 Annually
Wyoming $100 - $102 $50 or 0.02% value of assets Annually

Maintenance Costs

There are regular fees that you'll need to pay to keep your LLC in good standing. The maintenance costs usually only include an annual or biennial report fee.

In some states, there could be state taxes, often known as a “franchise tax.”

Annual/Biennial Report

Most states require LLCs to submit an annual or biennial report which includes updating the name, address, and ownership of the LLC. The report fee varies state by state.

Franchise Tax

Some states levy a yearly tax on LLC's (often called a franchise tax). This is usually a flat tax, but can also vary according to your LLC's annual earnings in certain states.

Using a Service Provider

Should I Use a Professional Service?

Before using a paid service, we recommend checking out our How to Form an LLC guide to understand what is involved in forming an LLC in your state.

Depending on where you form your LLC, you may be able to do the entire formation yourself. For states that require things like publication, or lengthy detailed forms, it's sometimes best to use a service.

You can use a professional formation service to create your LLC. This can save you both time and the hassle of filling out legal paperwork.

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LLC formation services usually offer the following:

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