What Is an Annual Report?
In North Dakota, an annual report is a regular filing that your LLC must complete every year to update your business information, including:
- Principal executive office address
- Mailing address
- Character of business
- Names and addresses of LLC officials (i.e., members or managers)
The purpose of this report is to keep your business records up to date with the State of North Dakota. This allows creditors and other interested parties to look up your business address in case they need to contact you. The government uses this information to track the payment of your LLC state taxes.
How Do I File an Annual Report?
You can file your North Dakota LLC annual report through the Secretary of State website. You must have a FirstStop account and access permission in order to file. Then, search for your business.
File Online or by Mail With North Dakota FirstStop
Secretary of State
P.O. Box 5513
Bismarck, ND 58506-5513
Due Date: North Dakota LLC annual reports are due by November 15 every year.
Late Filings: Any annual report received after November 15 will result in a $100 late fee. Further failure to file an annual report could result in the dissolution of your North Dakota LLC.
Should I Use a Registered Agent Service?
A registered agent is a person or business nominated by your company to officially receive and send papers on your behalf. By using a registered agent service, you can ensure that your LLC's reports are always filed on time to the appropriate government agency. Here are the three main advantages to using a registered agent service for your LLC:
- Avoid late filing penalties: The Secretary of State can dissolve a North Dakota LLC if it does not file an annual report. A registered agent service will notify you when reports are due, and they can also submit the filing for you for an additional fee.
- Gain flexibility: A registered agent service can receive and send documents for your LLC during regular business hours so that you don’t have to be on the job from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every week. You can also use a registered agent service to form an LLC in other states where you don't already have an established business presence.
- Maintain privacy: Using a registered agent service allows you to keep your personal address off of public records, ensuring your privacy. Additionally, if someone sues your LLC, the lawsuit will be served to the registered agent’s address rather than your place of business.
Learn more about getting a North Dakota registered agent by reading our guide.