How to Form an LLC in Louisiana
Louisiana Secretary of State—Business Services
PO Box 94125
8585 Archives Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
Statutory Authority: Limited Liability Company Law — La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §12-1301 (2012)
Louisiana LLC General Filing Instructions
1. Confirm availability of company name and reserve if necessary.
2. Complete the “Articles of Organization.”
3. Complete the “Limited Liability Company Initial Report.” This includes the “Registered Agent’s Affidavit and Acknowledgement of Acceptance.” This report must be notarized.
4. Complete the “Transmittal Information Sheet.”
5. Submit the completed documents, a photocopy of each, and filing fees to the Louisiana Secretary of State.
Louisiana Articles of Organization
The following information is legally necessary and sufficient to form a limited liability company in Louisiana:
1. Company name
2. Business purpose
4. Optional provisions
5. Signature of each organizer
6. Notary signature and date
Louisiana LLC Fee Schedule
Reservation of Corporate/Limited Liability Company Name: $25.00
Articles of Organization: $75.00
Application for Authority to Transact Business in Louisiana: $125.00
Expedited Service: $30.00 (mail), $50.00 (walk-in)
Certified Copy $15.00
Initial Report: No fee
Supplemental Initial Report (If initial managers or members are not listed in initial report): $25.00
Annual Report: $25.00
Affidavit to Dissolve: $75.00
Your company name must end with a limited liability company designator. In Louisiana the specific limited liability company designators are: “Limited Liability Company” “L.L.C.” “LLC”
Conduct an entity name search on the Louisiana Secretary of State website to confirm the availability of your company name.
If the name you want is available you can reserve it for 60 days by filing a “Reservation of Corporate/Limited Liability Company Name” and paying a name reservation fee of $25.00. NOTE: Reserving your company name is optional.
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.
Louisiana requires that every business entity have and maintain a registered agent in the state. The registered agent may be either a Louisiana resident or active Louisiana business entity that has a Louisiana 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 a Louisiana resident and have a Louisiana street address.
The state provided forms ask for and specify what is legally sufficient and necessary to form a Louisiana limited liability company. Nevertheless, Louisiana 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. File an Annual Report.
Registering as a Foreign Entity
1. Complete the “Application for Authority to Transact Business in Louisiana.”
2. Attach a Certificate of Existence of Good Standing, not more than 90 days old, from the state of organization.
3. Submit the completed documents, along with the $125.00 filing fee, to the Louisiana Secretary of State.
Dissolving a Louisiana LLC
1. Complete the “Affidavit to Dissolve Limited Liability Company.”
2. Have the documents notarized (Not necessary if filing online).
3. Submit the appropriate documents, along with the $75.00 filing fee, to the Louisiana Secretary of State.