How to Start a South Dakota LLC

South Dakota LLC Formation – Basics & Helpful Information

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

South Dakota LLC Filing Fees

The South Dakota filing fee for the Articles of Organization (to create an South Dakota LLC) is $150.00 plus and additional $50 to expedite the process.

South Dakota Filing Time

Regular processing time generally takes at least one business day. Expedited processing reduces the turn around time and costs $50.

South Dakota Annual Compliance Requirements

South Dakota LLCs are not required to file annual reports and the cost to file is $50. If the annual report is not filed within the time frame specified by the South Dakota Secretary of State, a charge of $50 is added.

File Annual Report Online

Form an LLC in South Dakota

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

Helpful Tips & Information

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


South Dakota Secretary of State
South Dakota LLC Forms
Business Licensing Information
Online EIN Application (for the LLC’s Federal Tax ID)
USPTO (Federal) Trademark Search