How to Start a Washington LLC

Washington LLC Formation – Basics & Helpful Information

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

Washington Filing Fees

The Washington filing fee for the Certificate of Formation (to create an Washington LLC) is $200 to file online and $180 to file the paper version of the Certificate of Formation.

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Washington Filing Time

Regular processing time generally takes 5-25 business days. Online filings are processed in 2 business days.

Washington Annual Compliance Requirements

Washington Limited Liability Companies must file an annual report each year to stay in good standing with the Washington Secretary of State. The cost to file the Washington annual report is $71.

File Washington Annual Report Online

An initial annual report is due within 120 days of forming an LLC. In each subsequent year, a renewal report is due annually by the end of the month in which the LLC was formed.

Form an LLC in Washington

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

Helpful Tips & Information

Use an LLC formation service like IncFile to help you form an LLC in Washington. They have LLC formation packages starting at $49 (plus the state filing fee).

Links

Washington Secretary of State
Washington Certificate of Formation (Paper Form)
Washington Certificate of Formation (Online Filing)
Washington Trade Name Registration
Washington Business Licenses
Online EIN Application (for the LLC’s Federal Tax ID)
USPTO (Federal) Trademark Search