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North Carolina LLC and Corporation Registration and Formation

The state of North Carolina with a business climate ranking #2 by Site Selection in 2016 goes on to show that businesses can enjoy stable economic growth as well as opportunities that enable such growth. If you form a corporation in North Carolina, you will also be able to benefit from several pro-business programs that are being administered by state agencies like NC Department of Commerce or Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. Your business can also leverage from the low cost of living, highly educated and motivated workforce and access to four international airports.

How do you form a North Carolina business LLC or Corporation? Here is a step-by-step procedure:

North Carolina LLC Registration and Formation

North Carolina LLC Registration & Formation

LLC company formation in North Carolina is governed by 2014 North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 57D – North Carolina Limited Liability Company Act. The process for registration and formation of LLC is as follows:

Step#1: Maintain a registered agent

According to NC Gen Stat § 57D-2-40 (2014), a domestic and foreign LLC needs to continuously maintain a registered agent in North Carolina. If you are planning to form a North Carolina business, you will need to appoint an agent authorized to receive service of process on your behalf.

We would take this opportunity to share with you the fact we are one of the top North Carolina registered agents and are familiar with all processes pertaining to the North Carolina State and can provide information and assistance for successful set up of your business!

Step#2: LLC Name Reservation

One of the foremost steps towards company formation in North Carolina is identifying a name for your business entity. What is the process? The process is as follows:

  • Identify a name for your business entity
  • According to §55D-23 of the General Statutes of North Carolina, the name should contain the phrase or words “limited liability company” or the abbreviations “L.L.C.”, or “LLC”.
  • The chosen name should be distinguishable and should not be deceptively similar to the name of any limited partnership, corporation, or limited liability company
  • Apply for reservation of name using Form BE-03 (Application to Reserve a Business Entity Name)
  • File with the Department of the Secretary of State, Business Registration Department along with the applicable fee of $30. An LLC can reserve its name for a period of 120 days.

Step#3: Articles of Organization and Certificate of Authority

If you are planning to form a North Carolina business LLC then the most important step is to prepare and file the proper documents for a Limited Liability Company. The steps are:

  • If you want to register a domestic LLC then you will be required to file “Articles of Organization” governed by NC Gen Stat § 57D-2-21 (2014).
  • If your business entity is a foreign LLC then you will be required to file a “Certificate of Authority” pursuant to NC Gen Stat § 57D-7-03 (2014).
  • The application or documentation for registration of LLC can be filed with the Department of the Secretary of State, Business Registration Division, in person or online.

We can file the form on your behalf being your registered agent in the state and provide you with certified copies of the LLC registration.

In case, you have any questions regarding how to form a North Carolina business, feel free to call us at 702-871-8678.

North Carolina Corporation Registration and Formation

North Carolina Corporation Registration & Formation

If you are planning to form a Corporation in North Carolina then here is the step-by-step procedure for registration and formation:

Step#1: Maintain a Registered Agent

According to 2013 North Carolina General Statutes, Section 55-5-01, a domestic and foreign Corporation needs to continuously maintain a registered agent in the state. If you are planning to form a corporation in North Carolina, you will need to appoint an agent authorized to receive service of process on your behalf.

We would take this opportunity to share with you the fact that we are one of the top registered agents in the state and have been responsible for over 11,494 businesses set up in North Carolina. We are in compliance with all regulations in the State of North Carolina.

Step#2: Corporate Name Reservation

In order to form a corporation in North Carolina, one of the key steps is identifying a name for your business entity. The process is as follows:

  • Identify a name for your business entity
  • According to §55D-23 of the General Statutes of North Carolina, a corporate name should contain the phrase or words “corporation”, “company”, “incorporated”, or the abbreviations “Corp.”, or “Inc.”
  • The chosen name should be distinguishable and should not be deceptively similar to the name of any limited liability company, limited partnership, or corporation
  • Apply for reservation of name pursuant using Form BE-03 (Application to Reserve a Business Entity Name).
  • File with the Department of the Secretary of State, Business Registration Department along with the applicable fee of $30. A business corporation can reserve its name for a period of 120 days.

Step#3: Articles of Incorporation and Certificate of Authority

If you are planning to form a corporation in North Carolina, then the most important step is to prepare and file the proper documents for a business corporation. The steps are:

  • If you want to register a domestic corporation then you will be required to file “Articles of Incorporation” pursuant to NC Gen Stat § 55-2-02 (2013).
  • If your business entity is a foreign corporation then you will be required to file an ” Certificate of Authority” to transact business in the state pursuant to pursuant to NC Gen Stat § 55-15-03 (2013).
  • The application or documentation for registration of a corporation can be filed with the Department of the Secretary of State, Business Registration Division, in person or online.

We can file the form on your behalf being your registered agent in the state and provide you with certified copies of the incorporation.

If you have any questions regarding North Carolina incorporation or LLC formation, you can simply visit the North Carolina Business formation page.

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