How to Start a Montana LLC

Montana LLC Formation – Basics & Helpful Information

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

Montana LLC Filing Fees

The fee to file the Articles of Organization (to create a Montana LLC) is $70.00 plus an additional $20.00 for 24-hour processing, or an additional $100.00 for 1-hour processing.

Montana Filing Time

Regular processing time is 10 business days after the document has been received. Options for expedited processing can reduce the turnaround time to either 24-hour or 1-hour processing for an additional fee.

Montana Annual Compliance Requirements

Montana LLCs are required to file annual reports by April 15th following the year of organization and each year thereafter. The fee is $20.00 if received on time or $35.00 if received late. You can file the annual report online. A Montana LLC is not required to pay a franchise or privilege tax since income from the business is distributed to individual members who then pay federal and state taxes on the amount distributed to them.

How to Form an LLC in Montana

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

Helpful Tips & Information

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


Montana Secretary of State
Business Naming Criteria
Business Name Availability Check
Annual Report – Online Filing
Montana Business Licenses and Permits
Online EIN Application (for the LLC’s Federal Tax ID)
USPTO (Federal) Trademark Search