Louisiana LLC Formation – Basics & Helpful Information

How to Start a Louisiana LLC

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

Louisiana Filing Fees

To start a Louisiana LLC, you must file Articles of Organization with the Louisiana Secretary of State. The filing fee charged by the Louisiana SOS to file the LLC’s Articles of Organization is $100 (+$5 if you pay with a credit card). You can expedite the filing for an additional $30.

Louisiana Filing Time

Regular processing time generally takes 3-5 business days. Expedited processing for extra fees can reduce the turn-around time to either “while you wait” for $50.00 or 24-hours for $30.00.

Louisiana Annual Compliance Requirements

The Louisiana Secretary of State requires an LLC to file Annual Reports each year by the anniversary month of formation for a fee of $30.00. You can now file the annual report online.

Unlike corporations, Louisiana LLCs are not required to pay a Louisiana franchise tax.

Form an LLC in Louisiana

You can use this checklist to help guide you through the process of forming a Louisiana 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 Louisiana