How to Start a Maine LLC

Maine LLC Formation – Basics & Helpful Information

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

Maine Filing Fees

To start a Maine LLC, you must file a Certificate of Formation with the Maine Secretary of State. The filing fee charged by the Maine SOS to file the LLC’s Certificate of Formation is $175. You can expedite (24 hour turn around time) the filing for an additional $50 or get immediate processing for $100.

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Maine Filing Time

Regular processing time generally takes 5-10 business days after the Certificate of Formation is received. Expedited processing reduces the turnaround time to about 24 hours for an extra fee of $50.00. The Maine Secretary of State offers immediate filing for $100.00.

Maine Annual Compliance Requirements

Maine LLCs are required to file an annual report by June 1st of each year after the year of organization, in order to maintain a good standing status. You can file the Annual Report online. The fee to file the annual report is $85.00.

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Form an LLC in Maine

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