In South Carolina, the cost of forming an LLC (limited liability corporation) online is $110. When the LLC’s Articles of Organization are filed, this fee is paid to the South Carolina Secretary of State.
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How Much Does a South Carolina LLC Cost?
Fee for South Carolina LLC Online Filing: $110.
The biggest expense of forming an LLC is the $110 filing fee with the South Carolina Secretary of State to register your LLC’s Articles of Organization online.
Fee for Registered Agent
You may be your own registered agent in South Carolina, but employing a registered agent service keeps your firm in compliance, informs you of critical filing dates, and helps you avoid late fines.
South Carolina Foreign LLC Formation Fee
If you currently have an LLC established in another state and want to expand into South Carolina, you must register your LLC as a foreign LLC in South Carolina.
A foreign LLC registered in South Carolina costs $110. A foreign LLC may be registered in South Carolina by submitting an Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business.
Permits and Licenses for Businesses
Depending on your industry and geographic location, your company may need federal, state, and municipal permits/licenses to operate lawfully in South Carolina. This is true regardless of whether you create an LLC or another sort of company structure.
Other Fees for Filing an LLC
There are several extra costs involved with forming an LLC:
LLC Name Reservation: File an Application to Reserve a Limited Liability Company Name and pay the $25 filing fee to reserve your name for up to 120 days prior to LLC formation.
Foreign LLC Fictitious Name: If a foreign LLC’s legal name is not accessible in South Carolina, they may adopt an alternative name by filing an Adopting a Fictitious Name form and paying the $2 cost.
Certificate of Existence: Also known as a South Carolina certificate of good standing, this document may be obtained by contacting the Secretary of State and paying the $10 cost. Banks and financial institutions often demand a proof of existence.