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  The Process of Forming a LLC

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LegalZoom makes it fast and easy to form your LLC. Our team of specialists handles all the details-from start to finish. The following is a detailed description of the LegalZoom LLC formation process.
  • Complete our easy online questionnaire.
  • We prepare your formation documents.
    After we receive your payment, our document specialists will review your information for spelling, consistency and completeness, and complete your Articles of Organization.
  • We file your documents with the appropriate government agency.
    In some states, we may not be able to sign the Articles of Organization on your behalf. Instead, we will deliver them to you for signature. Once your materials are submitted, the document review period will vary depending on the state where you file. Non-expedited orders typically take about 20 to 35 business days to complete. Express Gold orders are completed in 7-10 business days.
  • We prepare your LLC's operating agreement.
  • We complete the optional Tax ID Number request.
    For your convenience, LegalZoom can prepare your Tax Identification Number application for self-filing. Or, to make it even easier for you, we will obtain your Federal Tax Identification Number on your behalf, for an additional fee.
  • Your Articles are Accepted and your LLC becomes active.
    Your LLC becomes active when the Secretary of State accepts your Articles of Organization. Once we receive the filed Articles of Organization back from the state, we will deliver them to you, along with your complete LLC package. This will include the operating agreement, membership certificates, plus a company seal and deluxe customized LLC binder (for standard and gold packages).
  • The LLC members sign the operating agreement.
    Each member of the LLC will need to sign the Operating Agreement. Please remember to read the final letter included in your package. It contains steps you need to be aware of.
  • An LLC officer signs the Application for Tax Identification Number.
    If you requested LegalZoom to prepare an Application for Tax ID that you will file, an LLC Officer must sign the application before submitting it to the appropriate state agency.