When forming an LLC business structure, you first need to file the Articles of Organization with the Vermont 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 Vermont 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. A Professional LLC or Low-Profie LLC can be set up with this form too.
Acceptable designators include:
LLCs – “LLC,” “LC,” “Ltd Co,” “Limited Liability Company,” or “Limited Company.”
Professional LLCs – “PLC,” “PLLC,” “Professional LLC,” “Professional LC,” “Professional Ltd Co,” “Professional Limited Liability Company,” or “Professional Limited Company.”
Low-Profit LLC – The abbreviation “L3C.”
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.
- Fiscal year end month. (Optional) December is the default fiscal year end if there is not entry made.
- Business description. A NAICS code or brief description of the business.
- 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 registered agent. 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 Vermont.
- Initial Membership. Indicate whether there will be members at the time of filing the Articles of Organization.
- 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.
- 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 90 days in the future.
The filing fee for the Articles of Organization is $125.
Mail the completed form to:
Vermont Secretary of State
128 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-1104
Allow 7-10 business days for the processing of the LLC paperwork.
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 Vermont LLC Articles of Organization from the Secretary of State.