How to Form an LLC in Alaska

Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
—Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing

PO Box 110806
333 Willoughby Avenue – 9th Floor
Juneau, AK 99811-0806

907.465.2550 telephone
907.465.2974 facsimile

Statutory Authority: Alaska Revised Limited Liability Company Act — Alaska Stat. § 10-50 (2012)

Alaska LLC General Filing Instructions

1. Confirm availability of company name and reserve if necessary.
2. Complete the “Articles of Organization.”
3. Complete the “Credit Card Payment Form” if paying by credit card.
4. Prepare a Letter of Transmittal.
5. Submit the completed documents, a photocopy of each, and filing fees to the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development.

Alaska Articles of Organization

The following information is legally necessary and sufficient to form a limited liability company in Alaska:

1. Company name
2. Business purpose and NAICS code
3. Registered agent name and address
4. Business duration
5. Management structure
6. Printed name and address of each organizer
7. Date
8. Contact name and phone number

Alaska LLC Fee Schedule

Name Reservation Application: $25.00
Articles of Organization: $250.00
Registration of Foreign LLC: $350.00
Certified Copy: $5.00
Initial Report: No fee
Biennial Report: $100.00
Business License $50.00
Articles of Dissolution: $25.00

Company Name

Your company name must end with a limited liability company designator. In Alaska the specific limited liability company designators are: “Limited Liability Company” “L.L.C.” “LLC”.

Conduct an entity name search on the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development website to confirm the availability of your company name.

If the name you want is available you can reserve it for 120 days by filing a “Name Reservation application” and paying a name reservation fee of $25.00. NOTE: Reserving your company name is optional.

Registered Agent

The registered agent maintains a physical presence in the state to accept service of process, annual report notices, and other communications directed to the company and to forward the same to the company to which the service, notice, or communication is directed.

Alaska requires that every business entity have and maintain a registered agent in the state. The registered agent may be either an Alaska resident or active Alaska business entity that has an Alaska street address and consents to accept legal papers on your company’s behalf. Post office boxes and commercial personal mailboxes are not acceptable.

NOTE: Your company should not serve as its own registered agent. You can, however, personally serve as registered agent provided you are an Alaska resident and have an Alaska street address.

Optional Provisions

The state provided forms ask for and specify what is legally sufficient and necessary to form an Alaska limited liability company. Nevertheless, Alaska permits you to add other provisions to your Articles of Organization as an attachment.

The most common optional provisions are the following:

☐ Management of a limited liability company by designated managers
☐ Appointment of managers by a designated member or group
☐ Indemnification of members
☐ Indemnification of managers
☐ Right to admit new members
☐ Right to continue upon dissolution of dissociation

Post Formation and Ongoing Compliance

1. Draft and adopt an operating agreement.
2. Obtain a federal employer identification number by completing IRS Form SS-4.
3. If electing alternative tax entity filing status complete IRS Form 8832.
4. Open company bank account.
5. Create and maintain company records book.
6. Apply for an Alaska state business license.
7. File an Initial Report.
8. File a Biennial Report.
9. Renew your Alaska state business license biennially.

Registering as a Foreign Entity

1. Complete the “Certificate of Registration.”
2. Submit the completed document, along with the $350.00 filing fee, to the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Dissolving an Alaska LLC

1. Make sure your corporation has no current biennial reports due and that the signatures of all members/managers are up to date with the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.
2. Complete the “Articles of Dissolution.”
3. Submit the completed document, along with the $15.00 filing fee, to the State of Alaska, Corporations Division.

How to Form an LLC in Alaska

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