How Much Does It Cost to Start an LLC in Virginia?

The cost to start an LLC (limited liability company) online in Virginia is $100. This fee is paid to the Virginia State Corporate Commission when filing the LLC’s Articles of Organization.

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

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How Much Does an LLC Cost in Virginia?

Virginia LLC Online Filing Fee: $100

The main cost to start an LLC is the $100 fee to file your LLC's Articles of Organization online with the Virginia State Corporate Commission.

For a look at LLC cost in every state, read our other Cost to Start an LLC and How to Form an LLC guides.

Registered Agent Fee

In Virginia 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.


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

Cost to Form a Foreign LLC in Virginia

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

The cost for registering a Virginia foreign LLC is $100. You can register a foreign LLC in Virginia by filing for a Certificate of Registration to Transact Business in Virginia (Form LLC1052).

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 Virginia. 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 Virginia 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 a Business Entity Name (Form SCC631) and paying the $10 filing fee. The reservation can be renewed for another 120 days by filing the same form.

“Doing Business As” (DBA) Name:
File for a Certificate of Assumed or Fictitious Name (Form SCC59.1-70- BE) and pay the $10 filing fee to create a name other than your legal LLC business name.

Certified Document Copies:
Obtain certified copies of your Virginia business documents by ordering through the State Corporation Commission and paying $6.

Certificate of Fact of Existence:
Also known as a Virginia certificate of good standing, you can obtain this document by ordering through the State Corporation Commission and paying the $6 fee. A certificate of fact is often required by banks and lending institutions.

How to Register a Virginia 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.

Five Basic Steps to Start an LLC in Virginia

Step 1: Name Your Virginia LLC
Step 2: Choose a Registered Agent
Step 3: File the Articles of Organization
Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement
Step 5: Get an EIN

Step 1: Name Your Virginia LLC

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

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

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

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 Virginia 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 Virginia registered agent must:

  • Be at least 18 years or older
  • Have a physical address in Virginia
  • Be available during normal business hours to accept service of process

Recommended: Get a free year of registered agent services when you hire Northwest to form your LLC. $29 (plus state fees).


Step 3: File the Articles of Organization

The Virginia Form LLC1011 - Articles of Organization is a document that is filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission to form an LLC. The fee for filing the Articles of Organization is $100 online and by mail.

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

File the Virginia Articles of Organization

OPTION 1: File Online With the Virginia State Corporation Commission

File Online

- OR -

OPTION 2: File Form LLC1011 by Mail

Form LLC1011

State Filing Cost: $100, payable to the State Corporation Commission

Mailing Address:
State Corporation Commission
Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 1197
Richmond, VA 23218-1197

Step 4: Create an Operating Agreement

An operating agreement isn't required for Virginia LLCs, but it's a good practice to have one.

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 Virginia LLC operating agreement guide.

Step 5: 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:

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

Virginia LLC Cost FAQ

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

Yes, you have to pay a $50 annual LLC registration fee in Virginia each year. Visit our Virginia Annual Fee 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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