North Carolina LLC Registration

"To be rather than to seem"

We make it easy to start your LLC in North Carolina. DBI Global Filings, LLC will handle all aspects of forming your NC LLC filing. Here is what we do for you:

  • Check your company name for availability with the North Carolina Secretary of State's office
  • Prepare and review the certificate of formation
  • File articles of organization
  • Provide a North Carolina registered agent office and legal address for service of process
  • Submit initial NC LLC formation filing fee
  • Notify you of any annual compliance requirements

Here is some basic information for your review about starting a business in North Carolina.

How do I setup a LLC in NC?

  1. You'll need to select a Limited Liability Company name. The name must contain an LLC identifier such as LLC or L.L.C. “LLC” will be added if not included.
  2. Your LLC name cannot include words that would cause someone to think that your company is a government agency (i.e. Treasury, FBI, State Department).
  3. The name and address of each person executing the articles of organization. All persons must sign the document.
  4. The name of the initial registered agent.
  5. The street address and county of the initial registered agent office of the limited liability company.
  6. A statement indicating that the LLC has a principal office OR does not have a principal office.
  7. Any other provisions which the limited liability company elects to include.
  8. Listing of Company Officials including name, title and business address. This is optional.
  9. Please provide a business e-mail address. This is optional.
  10. A statement indicating that the articles will be effective upon filing, unless a future date is specified.

How much does it cost to start a LLC in North Carolina?

The NC secretary of state charges a one-time registration fee of $125. Expedited processing is available for $200 for same day processing $100 for 24-hour processing. They also assess a $202 annual report filing fee.

How long does it take to get a LLC in NC?

It typically takes 9-12 days to receive a stamped copy of your Articles of Formation. North Carolina offers expedited processing for an additional fee.

When are North Carolina LLC taxes due?

North Carolina requires LLCs to file an annual report, which is due on or before April 15. If you forget to file your North Carolina annual report, you will be sent a late notice giving you 60 days to file your report or your business will be dissolved and terminated. North Carolina permits filing online of your LLC annual report.

Do I Need An Operating Agreement for a North Carolina LLC?

North Carolina does NOT require that you prepare an operating agreement for your LLC. However, it is highly recommended. When ordering your LLC from DBI Global Filings, you can add a LLC compliance kit that includes an operating agreement template.

Do I need a registered agent service in North Carolina?

Yes. North Carolina requires a registered agent service with a physical address to be available during normal business hours to accept service of process and legal documents from a process server. Our service includes a North Carolina registered agent service.

What Is A North Carolina Foreign LLC?

If you incorporate in another state, for instance Delaware, and you plan to do business in North Carolina, you would need to file as a foreign LLC in North Carolina. DBI Global Filings can you assist you with this filing.

What is the North Carolina state income tax rate?

North Carolina businesses are taxed at the state income tax rate of 5.75%.

Am I obligated to file federal tax and state tax returns for my LLC?

Please seek the advice of your certified public accountant (CPA) or tax professional.

What type of paperwork do I need to open a bank account?

Generally, you'll need a certified copy of your Articles of Organization and an Employer Identification Number (EIN). EINs are issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

What does DBI Global Filings do? How much do you charge?

Upon receiving your order, we prepare the articles of formation, ensure that the information complies with North Carolina state law, review the filing for accuracy, and file the articles of formation. We charge a one-time processing fee and an annual registered agent fee. Our processing fees are listed on our order form.

Information about other states is available by selecting a state from the menu below. Visit New Carolina website for more detailed information about incorporating. Thank you for your interest in forming a North Carolina LLC business entity.


Our Incorporation Specialists are available by telephone, email or live chat.

Why order a LLC from DBI Global Filings, LLC?

  • Easy to order online, by phone or live chat
  • Transparent pricing -- our processing fee plus state fees -- no hidden fees
  • Experienced document retrieval staff
  • Same business day processing in most cases
  • Email and/or hard copy delivery
  • All major credit cards, Western Union and bank wires accepted
  • In business since 1986
  • Lifetime customer support

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