When forming an LLC business structure, you first need to file the Certificate of Formation (called the Articles of Organization in some states) with the Alabama Secretary of State. This is a legal document that officially launches your new LLC into existence. After filing, the business can obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN), state tax number, open a bank account, and register for business licenses.
Some of the required information needed to complete the Certificate of Formation in Alabama includes:
- Your new company’s name. When filling out this information be sure to include the entity designator at the end of the business name. The allowed designator can be Limited Liability Company, L.L.C., or LLC.Professional or Series can be used in front of Limited Liability Company if the LLC is set up to be either a Professional LLC or Series LLC.If you haven’t verified already, be sure to do a name search with the Secretary of State to be sure the LLC name is available.
- The name of your company’s registered agent and registered office address. A registered agent is a party authorized to receive and accept service of process on behalf of your LLC. You may act as your registered agent or you may authorize an individual outside of the LLC or another company authorized by your state to act as a registered agent. The registered agent must use a physical street address in Alabama.
- The effective start date for your LLC. While you cannot back-date the formation date of your LLC, you can specify when you want the business entity to become effective at a time in the future.
The Certificate of Formation filing fee is $100, plus an additional $100 for expedited service.
In addition, many LLCs will want to draft an operating agreement is an internal document outlining the governing structure and operating guidelines of the entity along with the responsibilities of the members.
Download the Certificate of Formation from the Alabama Secretary of State.