How to Start a Kentucky LLC

Kentucky LLC Formation – Basics & Helpful Information

This article is meant to be a general overview of the Kentucky LLC formation process; including information about how to start a Kentucky LLC and other basic issues related to Kentucky LLCs.

Kentucky Filing Fees

The Kentucky Secretary of State charges $40.00 to file your Articles of Organization to form your Kentucky LLC.

Kentucky Filing Time

Regular processing time for mail-in filing of the Articles of Organization generally takes 2-3 business days. Online filing can be processed immediately. Currently Kentucky does not offer expedited processing time.

Kentucky Annual Compliance Requirements

Kentucky LLCs are required to file annual reports to the Kansas Secretary of State by June 30th of each year. Annual Reports are to assist the Secretary of State in providing accurate information to the public. Annual Reports can be filed anytime between January 1st and June 30th each year by either returning the Annual Report post card that the LLC will receive in January; or by printing and mailing in the report. You can also file the Annual Report online. The fee for filing the Annual Report is $15.00.

How to Start a Kentucky LLC

You can use this checklist to help guide you through the process of forming a Kentucky LLC:

Step 1: Decide on a Business Name

Step 2: Register your LLC with the State

Step 3: Create and Sign the LLC's Governing Document

Step 4: Get an EIN

Step 5: Get Licenses and Permits

Registering a Foreign LLC in Kentucky

Helpful Tips & Information

Use an LLC formation service like IncFile to help you form an LLC in Kentucky. IncFile has FREE LLC formation packages (you only pay the state filing fee).


Kentucky Secretary of State
Name Availability Guidelines
Kentucky Name Availability Search
Useful Links
Articles of Organization – Paper Version
Kentucky Business Permits and Licenses
Online EIN Application (for the LLC’s Federal Tax ID)
USPTO (Federal) Trademark Search