Cost to Form an LLC in New York

The cost to start a New York limited liability company (LLC) is $200. This fee is paid to the New York Department of State when filing the LLC’s Articles of Organization.

There are two options for forming your LLC:

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How Much Does an LLC Cost in New York?

The main cost of forming an LLC is the $200 fee to file your LLC's Articles of Organization online with the New York Department of State.

Some businesses may need business licenses and/or permits to operate.

New York LLC Online Filing Fee: $200

To form an LLC in New York, you'll need to file the Articles of Organization (Form 1336-f) with the Department of State. The New York Department of State charges a $200 fee to process and record this document online or by mail.

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You can form an LLC in New York yourself with our free How to Start an LLC in New York guide and pay only the $200 fee.

Or, visit our Best LLC Services review to learn more about the cost of using an LLC formation service.

Cost to Form a Foreign LLC in New York

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

The cost for registering a New York foreign LLC is $250. You can register a foreign LLC in New York by filing an Application for Authority (Form 1361-f-a).

Other LLC Filing Costs

There are optional fees associated with LLC formation:

LLC Name Reservation
Reserve your name for up to 60 days prior to LLC formation by filing an Application for Reservation of Name (Form 1233-f) and paying the $20 filing fee.

Doing Business As (DBA) Name
File a Certificate of Assumed Name (Form 1338-f) and pay the $25 filing fee to create a name other than your legal LLC business name.

Certified Document Copies
Obtain certified copies of your New York business documents by ordering through the Department of State and paying the $10 filing fee.

Certificate of Status
Also known as a New York certificate of good standing, you can obtain this document by ordering through the Department of State and paying the $25 fee. A certificate of status is often required by banks and lending institutions.

New York LLC Publication Fee: Varies

New York requires that within 120 days of formation all LLCs publish a copy of the Articles of Organization or a notice related to the formation of the LLC in two newspapers (one weekly and one daily).

You must submit your Certificate of Publication (Form 1708-f) along with your affidavits of publication to the New York Department of State. The filing fee is $50.

The actual publishing fee varies depending on location. New York City has fees upwards of $1500 to $2000 for newspaper publishing, while typical fees in Albany are between $80 and $100.

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 New York. 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 New York business license.

Recommended: Have a professional service research business licenses for you.

Ongoing LLC Maintenance Costs

Some businesses will be required to pay ongoing maintenance costs and taxes, such as the New York biennial statement fee.

New York Biennial Statement Fee: $9

New York requires LLCs to file a biennial statement, also called a biennial report, with the Department of State.

You can submit this form through the New York Department of State website. It is due every two years by the end of the month in which the business was formed.

How to Register a New York 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 New York

Step 1: Name Your New York LLC
Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent
Step 3: File the Articles of Organization
Step 4: Complete Publication Requirements
Step 5: Create an Operating Agreement
Step 6: Get an EIN

Step 1: Name Your New York LLC

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

  • Is available for use in the state of New York
  • Meets New York naming requirements
  • Is available as a web domain

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

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

In New York, the Secretary of State acts as the registered agent for all New York LLCs by default. You can, however, choose to designate someone in addition to the Secretary of State as the registered agent for your New York LLC.

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.

If you choose to use a registered agent service, the Secretary of State will still be the first point of contact for the state and for anyone who might serve your LLC with legal action.

Your New York registered agent must be:

  • At least 18 years or older
  • Have a physical address in New York
  • Available during normal business hours to accept service of process
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Recommended: Get a free year of registered agent services when you hire ZenBusiness to form your LLC. $39 (plus state fees).

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Step 3: File the Articles of Organization

The New York Form 1336-f - Articles of Organization is a document that is filed with the New York Department of State to form an LLC. The fee for filing Articles of Organization is $200 online and by mail.

For detailed instructions for completing the Articles of Organization, visit our How to File the New York Articles of Organization guide.

File a New York Articles of Organization

OPTION 1: File Online With the New York Department of State

File Online

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OPTION 2: File Form 1336-f by Mail

Form 1336-f


State Filing Cost: $200, payable to the Department of State

Mailing Address:
Department of State Division of Corporations
State Records and Uniform Commercial Code
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12231

Step 4: Complete Publication Requirement

New York requires that within 120 days of formation all LLCs must publish a copy of the Articles of Organization or a notice related to the formation of the LLC in two newspapers (one weekly and one daily).

You must submit your Certificate of Publication along with your affidavits of publication to the New York Department of State.

The Certificate of Publication fee (Form 1708-f) is $50.

The actual publishing fee varies depending on location. New York City has fees upwards of $1500-$2000 for newspaper publishing, while typical fees in Albany are between $80 and $100.

Step 5: Create an Operating Agreement

An operating agreement is legally required for New York 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 New York 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.

Hiring an LLC Formation Service

LLC formation services make the process of setting up your business easier, but they aren't required. Below, we cover what you can typically expect to pay to an LLC formed for you.

Basic LLC Formation Service Package: $39-$79

Online services like ZenBusiness and LegalZoom will take care of the LLC filing process on your behalf for a fraction of the cost of a business attorney.

In addition to filing your Articles of Organization, LLC formation providers offer other services. LLC formation services will also:

Operating Agreement: $40-$99

Purchasing a custom operating agreement from an online formation service is an easy way to ensure you’ll have a thorough and legally-binding document governing your new LLC.

EIN Registration: $60-$70

After forming your LLC, you’ll need to get an EIN. If you’d prefer not to apply for your EIN directly through the IRS, you can delegate this task to your formation provider for an extra fee.

Registered Agent Service: $0-$125 per year

You'll need to designate a registered agent for your New York LLC when you complete the Articles of Organization with the Department of State.

A registered agent is an individual or business entity responsible for receiving and processing legal documents and service of process on behalf of your business.

While New York doesn't prohibit business owners from acting as their own registered agents, many people choose to appoint a professional for the sake of privacy, convenience, and discretion.

Learn more about hiring a registered agent service in our Should I Hire a Registered Agent Service guide.

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Recommended: Get a free year of registered agent services when you hire ZenBusiness to form your LLC. $39 (plus state fees).

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Business License Research Service: $99

If your LLC requires several federal, state, and local permits or licenses in order to operate legally, you might want to consider hiring a professional business license research service.

If you’re looking to maximize your time in the early phases of your business, we recommend checking out Incfile's $99 business license research package.

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New York LLC Cost FAQ

Do you have to pay for an LLC every year? An orange arrow pointing down

You have to pay a biennial report fee of $9 every other year for a New York LLC. Visit our New York Biennial Report guide for more information.

Is an LLC really necessary?An orange arrow pointing down

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?An orange arrow pointing down

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.

Is creating an LLC in New York free?An orange arrow pointing down

No, creating an LLC in New York is not free. There is a $200 registration fee for New York LLCs as well as additional fees related to publication requirements.

Can I pay myself a salary from my LLC?An orange arrow pointing down

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 orange arrow pointing down

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.

Is LegalZoom worth it for an LLC?An orange arrow pointing down

LegalZoom creates more LLCs than any other provider. However, they also have mediocre reviews and charge more than any other service provider. We think there are better LLC formation services out there.

Check out our Best LLC Services review to learn more.

What’s better sole proprietorship or LLC?An orange arrow pointing down

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.

What all can you do with an LLC?An orange arrow pointing down

There are many advantages to starting an LLC. Visit our guide to learn more about the benefits of an LLC.

Does having an LLC help with taxes?An orange arrow pointing down

An LLC can help with taxes if your business needs more options. An LLC can be taxed via pass-through taxation, as an S corp, or as a C corporation (C corp).

Visit our Choosing a Business Structure guide to learn what type of business structure would offer the most tax benefits to your unique business.

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