When forming an LLC business structure, you first need to file the Articles of Organization with the South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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” or “limited
company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.”, “LLC”, “L.C.”, “LC”, or “Ltd. Co.”.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.
- Address of the initial designated office. This may be, but is not required to be, the actual place of the business to the physical street address, or the main location where the business records are kept. A physical address must be used as P.O. Boxes are not acceptable.
- Name and address of your company’s initial agent for service of process. 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 South Carolina.
- Information about the LLC organizers. Include the name(s) of the initial organizers of the LLC (people helping with the formation of the entity). This is often the owner, but can be anyone.
- The term of your LLC. (Optional) This is not common, however, if there is a specified date the LLC will cease to exist, enter the date here. This is more common for investment-related entities.
- Management of the LLC. In the articles of organization, you will need to indicate whether the management structure is either member-managed or manager-managed.
- The effective start date for your LLC. (Optional) You have the option of specifying a date in the future to start the LLC.
The filing fee for the Articles of Organization is $110.
Mail two copies of the completed form and payment to:
South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office
Attn: Corporate Filings
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201
In addition to the Articles of Organization, 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 South Carolina LLC Articles of Organization from the Secretary of State.