Cost to Form an LLC in Nebraska

The cost to start a Nebraska limited liability company (LLC) is $100, plus $5 per page. This fee is paid to the Nebraska Secretary of State when filing the LLC’s Certificate of Organization.

Use our free Form an LLC in Nebraska guide to do it yourself.

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How Much Does an LLC Cost in Nebraska?

Nebraska LLC Online Filing Fee: $100

The main cost of forming an LLC is the $100 to file your LLC's Certificate of Organization online with the Nebraska Secretary of State.

Nebraska Biennial Report Fee: $13

Nebraska requires LLCs to file a biennial report with the Secretary of State.

You can submit this form through the Nebraska Secretary of State website. It is due by April 1 of odd-numbered years.

Publication Fee

Nebraska requires LLCs to publish a Notice of Organization for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which an LLC’s principal office is located. Fees vary depending on the newspaper you publish with.

Registered Agent Fee

In Nebraska you can be your own registered agent, but using a registered agent service helps keep your company in compliance and reminds you of important filing deadlines and avoid late fees.

Registered agent fees start at $39 for the first year. We recommend using:

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Read our guide to learn more about Nebraska Registered Agents. You can also read our full guide on the best registered agent services.

Cost to Form a Foreign LLC in Nebraska

If you already have an LLC that is registered in another state and you’d like to expand your business into Nebraska, you’ll need to register your LLC as a foreign LLC in Nebraska.

The cost for registering a Nebraska foreign LLC is $100 online or $110 by mail. You can register a foreign LLC in Nebraska by filing an Application for Certificate of Authority.

Business Permits and Licenses

Depending on your industry and geographical location, your business might need federal, state, and local permits/licenses to legally operate in Nebraska. This is true whether you form an LLC or any other type of business structure.

Learn more about state and local licensing with our guide to getting a Nebraska business license.

Other LLC Filing Costs

There are optional fees associated with LLC formation:

LLC Name Reservation:
Reserve your name for up to 120 days prior to LLC formation by filing an Application for Reservation of Limited Liability Company Name and paying the $30 filing fee.


“Doing Business As” (DBA) Name:
File an Application for Registration of Trade Name and pay the $100 online filing fee or $110 mail-in fee to create a name other than your legal LLC business name.


Certified Document Copies:
Obtain certified copies of your Nebraska business documents by ordering through the Secretary of State and paying $10.


Certificate of Good Standing:
You can obtain a Nebraska certificate of good standing by ordering through the Secretary of State and paying the $6.50 fee for an online document or a $10 fee for a paper copy. A certificate of good standing is often required by banks and lending institutions.

How to Register a Nebraska LLC Yourself

Forming an LLC yourself is easy; just follow the five steps below.

Recommended: If you already have a business that is running as a sole proprietorship, visit our How to Change from a Sole Proprietorship to LLC page.

Six Basic Steps to Start an LLC in Nebraska

Step 1: Name Your Nebraska LLC
Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent
Step 3: File a Certificate of Organization
Step 4: Complete Publication Requirement
Step 5: Create an Operating Agreement
Step 6: Get an EIN

Step 1: Name Your Nebraska LLC

When you name your Nebraska LLC, you’ll need to choose a name that:

  1. Is available for use in the state of Nebraska
  2. Meets Nebraska naming requirements
  3. Is available as a web domain

Recommended: Visit our Start an LLC in Nebraska guide for detailed naming rules and instructions for registering a business name in Nebraska.

Not sure what to name your business? Check out our How to Name a Business guide and free LLC Name Generator.

We recommend that you check online to see if your business name is available as a web domain. Even if you don't plan to create a business website today, you may want to buy the URL in order to prevent others from acquiring it.

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Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent

All LLCs in Nebraska must appoint a registered agent. A registered agent primarily acts as your LLC’s main point of contact with the state. But most importantly, they are responsible for accepting service of process in the event your business is sued.

Your Nebraska registered agent must:

  • Be at least 18 years or older
  • Have a physical address in Nebraska
  • Be available during normal business hours to accept service of process
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Step 3: File the Certificate of Organization

The Nebraska Certificate of Organization is a document that is filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State to form an LLC. The fee for filing a Certificate of Organization is $100 online and $110 by mail.

For detailed instructions for completing the Certificate of Organization, visit our How to File the Nebraska Certificate of Organization guide.

File a Nebraska Certificate of Organization

OPTION 1: File Online With Nebraska Corporate Document eDelivery

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OPTION 2: File by Mail

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State Filing Cost: $100 online and $110 by mail (Nonrefundable)

Mailing Address:
Robert B. Evnen, Secretary of State
P.O. Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509

Upload Instructions: Select "forming a new entity/qualifying a foreign entity," then select "Domestic Limited Liability Company."

Step 4: Complete Publication Requirement

Nebraska requires LLCs to publish a Notice of Organization for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which an LLC’s principal office is located.

The Notice of Organization must include the name of the LLC, the street address of the designated office, and the nature of the LLC’s business.

After you have published your Notice of Organization for three consecutive weeks, you will receive an affidavit of publication from the newspaper that you can file with the Secretary of State.

Step 5: Create an Operating Agreement

An operating agreement is legally required for Nebraska LLCs.

What is an operating agreement? An operating agreement is a legal document outlining the ownership and operating procedures of an LLC.

Why are operating agreements important? A comprehensive operating agreement ensures that all business owners are on the same page and reduces the risk of future conflict.

For more information on operating agreements, read our Nebraska LLC operating agreement guide.

Step 6: Get an EIN

What is an EIN? An EIN or Employer Identification Number is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue System (IRS) to identify a business for tax reporting purposes. An EIN is essentially a Social Security number (SSN) for your company.

Why do I need an EIN? An EIN number is required for the following:

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Free EIN: You can get an EIN from the IRS website (free of charge) after forming your business.

Nebraska LLC Cost FAQ

Do you have to pay for a Nebraska LLC every year?

You do not have to pay state fees for a Nebraska LLC every year, but there is a biennial report fee of $13. Visit our Nebraska LLC biennial report guide for more information.

Is an LLC really necessary?

An LLC provides limited liability protection. This means an LLC protects your personal assets in the event of a business loss, such as a lawsuit or unpaid debt.

We recommend any small business that carries even the smallest amount of risk or liability to form an LLC. Learn more in our Should I Start an LLC guide.

What is the cheapest way to get an LLC?

You can save money on getting an LLC by completing the formation process yourself, making your own operating agreement, being your own registered agent, and getting your own EIN.

Check out our How to Save Money Forming Your LLC guide to learn more.

Can I pay myself a salary from my LLC?

You can pay yourself a salary from your LLC, but it would be called a draw or distribution if your LLC is taxed in the default way by the IRS.

Visit our How to Pay Yourself from an LLC guide to learn more.

Is an S corp better than an LLC?

An S corporation (S corp) is an IRS tax status, not a type of business entity. An LLC can be taxed in the default way or as an S corp. For some businesses, being taxed as an S corp can make lots of sense.

Check out our LLC vs. S corp guide to find out if S corp status is right for your business.

What’s better: sole proprietorship or LLC?

A sole proprietorship is only good for businesses that carry very low risk of liability because sole proprietorships don’t offer any liability protection.

Learn more in our sole proprietorship vs. LLC guide.

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