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How To Fill Out The Arkansas Certificate of Organization

How To Fill Out The Arkansas Certificate of Organization

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How To Fill Out The Arkansas Certificate of Organization

How To Fill Out The Arkansas Certificate of Organization

Are you an entrepreneur looking to start a business in Arkansas? One step that many take is forming an LLC, but knowing how to file the paperwork may be what’s holding you back.

Here, I’ll provide an overview of what filing an Arkansas Certificate of Organization looks like, as well as tips on making sure everything goes smoothly so that you can get started!

Filling out the Arkansas Certificate of Organization in 9 Steps

The Certificate of Organization (referred to as the Articles of Organization until the end of 2021) is the document that officially creates your LLC. They are filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State and include basic information about your LLC, such as its name, address, and purpose.

The Certificate of Organization can be completed and sent by mail or filed online. To get started, either download the Arkansas LLC Certificate of Organization Form LL-01 (Domestic) or file it online with the Arkansas Secretary of State.

Anyone can learn how to form their own LLC, but using an entity formation service like Zenbusiness, Northwest, and IncFile guide you through the LLC formation process, so you will save time and know everything was done right.

Zenbusiness and IncFile are running a special where you only pay state fees for your LLC formation!

Let’s go over how to fill out and file the online LLC Certificate of Organization in Arkansas.

Step 1: Select Filing Act

Arkansas LLC Select Filing Act 1003 of 1993

The first section requests you to select the filing act of the LLC. This is easy because there is only choice – Filing act 1003 of 1993, which applies to most L.L.C.s.

Step 2: Pick a Name for the LLC

The next step in filling out the LLC Certificate of Organization is to select a name for your business. Every LLC name needs to be unique from other registered LLCs in the state.

If you aren’t ready to file, you can do an Arkansas LLC name search with the Arkansas Secretary of State to be sure the LLC business name you want is available.

When filling out the business name information, be sure to include the entity designator, which is displayed at the end of the business name. The allowed designator can either be Limited Liability Company, Limited Company, or the abbreviation L.L.C., L.C., LLC, or LC. The word Limited can be abbreviated as Ltd. And the word Company may be abbreviated as Co.

LLCs that perform professional services must instead use the words Professional Limited Liability Company, Professional Limited Company, or the abbreviations P.L.L.C., P.L.C., PLLC, or PLC.

Step 3: Enter the Principal Information

Arkansas LLC Principal Place of Business

Enter the principal place of business and contact information for the LLC.

The address may be, but is not required to be, the actual place of the business, but it can be the main location where the business records are kept. A physical address must be used as P.O. Boxes are not acceptable.

Step 4: Appoint an Arkansas Registered Agent

File a Registered Agent for Arkansas LLC

An Arkansas registered agent is a person or entity that is 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 a registered agent service to act as a registered agent.

A registered agent is required by all Arkansas LLCs and they must be available during normal business hours at a physical address in the state. Provided you live in Arkansas and are available at a specific address, you may act as the LLC’s statutory agent or you may authorize an individual outside of the LLC or you can choose to pay a statutory agent service to act as the registered agent, which not only takes the burden off, but also keeps your name and address private. The registered agent must use a physical street address in Arkansas.

Step 5: Select the LLC Organizer Officers

Arkansas LLC - List Officers

Add the contact information for the organizer and officers in this section.

If there are multiple officers, enter their information and click on Save Officer.

At least one member will enter their information, which may be the same person in the Principal Information and Registered Agent section.

One area that is a bit confusing is the title. Choices include:
– Incorporator/Organizer – A Limited Liability Company Organizer is someone who is involved with the business entity formation. This person may or may not become a member, such as a mentor, attorney, or accountant.
– Manager – A manager in this instance is someone who will be hired by the LLC members to run the business, similar to a CEO of a corporation. This isn’t a common selection, and if a manager is selected, a statement needs to be included in this section.
– Member – The members will be listed here. All of the initial members will also be saved as Incorporator/Organizers.

Step 6: Enter the Submitter’s Contact Information

Arkansas LLC Submitter Information

The submitter’s contact information would be used in case the Secretary of State has any questions regarding the filing and is the address where the final documents should be sent.

Step 7: Enter the Annual Report Contact Information

Enter the contact information where the annual reports should be sent. This may be the same information as the previous steps.

Related: How to file the Arkansas LLC annual report

Step 8: Sign the Arkansas Certificate of Organization

The signature of the organizer (Step 5) will be entered in this section.

Additionally, the effective date of the LLC formation can be selected. By default, the effective date is the date the Certificate of Organization is approved by the state. If you want to file the Certificate before starting the business, you can choose a date up to 90 days in the future.

Step 9: Review and Pay

Review the submitted information to ensure it is correct and if so, submit the Certificate of Organization and payment to the Arkansas Secretary of State.

Arkansas LLC FAQs

What is the cost of filing the Arkansas Certificate of Formation?

The state filing fee for the Arkansas LLC Certificate of Formation is $45, depending on whether the form is filed online or by mail.

How long does it take to get an Arkansas LLC approved?

It normally takes 2-3 business days to process online LLC filings to 2 weeks for mailed filings in Arkansas.

What are the requirements of an Arkansas registered agent?

The requirements to be an Arkansas registered agent include; being a full-time resident of Arkansas or a company registered to do business in the state, and being available during normal business hours at a physical street address in the state (no P.O. Boxes are allowed).

You as the business owner can act as your own agent in Arkansas and you are not required to pay for a registered agent service.

Related: What are the requirements of a Registered Agent in Arkansas

What is an Arkansas Professional Limited Liability Company?

Businesses that require state licensing such as accountants, attorneys, podiatrists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, etc. often must file as a Professional Limited Liability Company (sometimes referred to as a Professional LLC or PLLC) instead of an LLC. Filing for a PLLC is very similar to that of an LLC.

Learn more about a professional LLC

Which business licenses and permits are required for an LLC in Arkansas?

The requirements for business licenses and registrations in Arkansas vary depending on what the business does and where it’s located.

Here is a list of common business licenses in Arkansas

Do you have to renew your LLC every year in Arkansas?

Every year on May 1st, every Arkansas LLC will need to file the Annual Franchise Tax Report and pay the Arkansas franchise tax.

Does Arkansas require an LLC to have an operating agreement?

Arkansas Statute § 4-38-105 states that every Arkansas LLC may adopt an operating agreement, but it isn’t required.  Despite it not being required, there are several reasons it is recommended to have one.
The LLC operating agreement is an internal document outlining the governing structure and operating guidelines of the entity along with the responsibilities of the members.

It’s worth noting that an operating agreement is binding on the LLC even if the business has not formally adopted the agreement and that a single LLC member can create a binding operating agreement.

Related: How to create an Arkansas LLC Operating Agreement

Do Arkansas LLCs need an EIN?

Only Arkansas LLCs that either have more than one member, will hire employees, or elect to be taxed as a partnership or corporation are required to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN).

The EIN (also called a Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN) is a unique 9-digit tax identification number that is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If the LLC isn’t required to get an EIN (though you can still get one), the LLC will use the social security number of the owner.

Related: How to Apply for an EIN

Should I use an LLC formation service or do it myself?
The right answer for everyone is different. If after reading our guide, you may feel overwhelmed or unsure of the process, and if so using an LLC formation service may be the best option. Formation services break down the process and make sure that all of the legal paperwork is properly filled out and submitted.

Two of my top formation companies have a special offer where you can get your LLC formed without paying any additional fees (state fees still apply). Check out Zenbusiness and IncFile to learn more.

How To Fill Out The Arkansas Certificate of Organization

How To Fill Out The Arkansas Certificate of Organization

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Greg Bouhl

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