North Carolina LLC Formation – Basics & Helpful Information

General Overview of the North Carolina LLC

This article is meant to be a general overview of the North Carolina LLC formation process and other basic issues related to LLCs.

North Carolina Filing Fees

The North Carolina Secretary of State charges $125 to file the Articles of Organization (+$2 if paid online via credit card). They can be filed by mail or uploaded online on the Secretary of State’s website.

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North Carolina Filing Time

The North Carolina Secretary of State will process Articles of Organization in at least 2 business days after filing. You may expedite the process by paying $200 for same-day processing if you file by 12:00 PM, or you can $100 to have your LLC filed within 24 hours of submittal of the Articles of Organization.

North Carolina Annual Compliance Requirements

Each domestic LLC, other than a professional LLC governed by N.C.G.S. §57D-2-02, and each foreign LLC authorized to transact business in this State, shall file an annual report to the Secretary of State.

The first annual report is due on April 15th of the year following the creation year and every year thereafter on or before April 15th. The annual report may either be filed electronically or a pre-populated annual report may be downloaded online and mailed to the NC Secretary of State’s Office.

The cost to file the Annual Report is $200.

Read more on North Carolina SOS website

Form an LLC in North Carolina

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

Helpful Info

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


North Carolina Business Registration Info
Forms Offered by the North Carolina SOS
Online Filing or Uploading
Business Link North Carolina
Online EIN Application (for the LLC’s Federal Tax ID)
USPTO (Federal) Trademark Search