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The New Hampshire Certificate of Formation is the LLC form that must be completed and filed with the state in order to create an LLC.

New Hampshire Certificate of Formation
It is simple to file the New Hampshire Certificate of Formation!

We’ll walk you through the process of submitting the New Hampshire LLC Articles of Organization in three simple stages.

Obtain Your Formation Certificate

Fill out the Formation Certificate

Fill up and submit the Certificate of Formation.

Step 1: Obtain Your Formation Certificate

Your New Hampshire Certificate of Formation must be downloaded and sent in, or filed online.

Step 2: Completing the Formation Certificate

We will assist you with completing the New Hampshire Certificate of Formation form in this stage.

To finish each Article, you will need to know the following information:

Name and address of the entity

Business Objective

Name of the Registered Agent and the Address of the Registered Office

Type of Governing Authority

Name and address of the entity

A unique and clever company name is crucial, but it is not as necessary as a legally valid name.

When selecting a name for your company, you must ensure that the name:

fits the naming rules of New Hampshire

is not already in use by another New Hampshire firm.

The following are the New Hampshire Naming Guidelines:

The word “limited liability corporation” or one of its acronyms must be in your name (LLC or L.L.C.).

Your name may include the name of an LLC member or management.

Your name cannot indicate that the LLC was formed for a prohibited or unspecified purpose as stated in its certificate of formation.

Your LLC’s name cannot include terms that may be confused with a government organisation (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.).

Without permission, you may not incorporate the name of a political party in your name.

Certain prohibited terms (e.g., bank, attorney, university) may need extra documentation and the participation of a licenced professional in certain jurisdictions.

Unless the LLC satisfies the criteria of a farmers’ market, your name cannot contain the terms “farmers’ market.”

Your name must be distinct from any other current company in the state. This covers reserved names in New Hampshire.

Examine Name Availability:

Is your name accessible in the state of New Hampshire? Check the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s website to see if the name you desire isn’t already taken.

Business Objective

You may start a limited liability corporation in New Hampshire for any lawful or non-prohibited activity. Briefly explain the nature of your company here, and include the NAICS Code and Subcode if available.

Remember that a business goal including licencing, tax-exemption, or tax-deductible status needs explicit wording from the IRS or a professional licence.

Registered Office and Registered Agent

A registered agent receives and transmits legal paperwork on behalf of your LLC. When you form your New Hampshire LLC, you must provide your registered agent and registered office address.

Your registered agent may be anybody over the age of 18 who resides in New Hampshire. During normal business hours, your registered agent must always be present at the registered office.

Governing Bodies

You must specify if your LLC will have management. Then, make a list of any supervisors or members who can be recorded.

Step 3: Submit your Certificate of Formation.

You must submit the Certificate of Formation with the Department of State to register your LLC.

There are two options for submitting your Certificate of Formation:

Fill out the form online.

Send a hard copy through mail.
Steps to Take After Forming Your New Hampshire LLC

After you’ve submitted your Certificate of Formation, you should do the following:

Make a Business Agreement

Obtain an EIN

Establish a Business Bank Account

Purchase Licenses and Permits

Make a Business Agreement

A New Hampshire LLC operating agreement is a legal document that details your LLC’s ownership structure and member functions.

Although an Operating Agreement is not necessary in New Hampshire to incorporate an LLC, it is a good idea to have one. You may begin drafting your operating agreement before, during, or after filing your Certificate of Formation.

Your operating agreement will be held in the private business records of your LLC; you will not submit it with the state.

Obtain an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is your LLC’s equivalent of a social security number. If you want to recruit staff or create company bank accounts, you’ll need an EIN.

You may get your EIN for free by using the IRS website, fax, or mail. Read our What is an EIN article to discover more about EINs and how they might benefit your LLC.

Establish a Business Bank Account

It is critical to use specific business banking and credit accounts to safeguard your company’s corporate veil. When you combine your personal and company accounts, your personal assets (house, vehicle, and other possessions) are at danger if your LLC is sued.
Purchase Licenses and Permits

When forming an LLC, you should consider if your company requires any licences or permissions to operate legally. On the federal level, a few corporate operations need licences and/or permissions.

Learn how to secure the licences and permissions required for your company, or hire an expert to handle it for you:

Federal: For federal business licences and permits, see the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

State: Visit New Hampshire’s Business Information page to apply for or learn more about licences, permits, and registration.

Local: Inquire with your county clerk regarding local licences and permissions.