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The Michigan Articles of Organization are the LLC forms that must be completed and filed with the state in order to create an LLC.

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It is simple to file the Michigan Articles of Organization!

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

Get Forms for Your Articles of Organization

Complete the Articles of Organization.

Keep the Articles of Organization on file.

Step 1: Obtain your Articles of Organization.

You may either download and send your Michigan Articles of Organization or file online.

Step two: Complete the Articles of Organization

We will assist you with completing the Michigan Articles of Organization form in this phase.

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

Name of the Entity

Business Objective

LLC’s Duration

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

Governing Bodies

Name 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:

fulfils Michigan’s naming standards

is not currently in use by another Michigan firm

Adhere to the Michigan Naming Guidelines:

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

Your name cannot indicate that the LLC was formed for any reason other than the one specified in its articles of incorporation.

The terms “corporation,” “incorporated,” or the acronyms “corp.” or “inc.” are not permitted in your name.

Michigan has a broad list of banned terms that your LLC may need to get permission to use in its name. The whole list may be seen here.

The words “low-profit limited liability company” or the abbreviation “L.3.C.” or “l.3.c.,” with or without periods, must appear in the name of a low-profit LLC.

Examine Name Availability:

Is your name accessible in the state of Michigan? Make sure the name you choose isn’t already in use by doing a name search on the website of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Obtain a Domain Name:

We suggest that you check to see whether your company’s name is accessible as a web domain. Even if you don’t intend to create a company website right away, you may wish to purchase the URL to prevent others from doing so.

Business Objective

In Michigan, a limited liability corporation may be formed for any lawful or non-prohibited business.

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

LLC’s Duration

If your LLC is not permanent and has a scheduled dissolution date, enter that date here.

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

A registered agent receives and transmits legal paperwork on behalf of your LLC. When you form your Michigan 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 Michigan. During normal business hours, your registered agent must always be present at the registered office.

Additional Requirements

Insert a declaration in Article 5 if your LLC will be administered by managers rather than members. Otherwise, your LLC is presumed to be governed by its members.

Step three: Keep the Articles of Organization on file.

You must submit the Articles of Organization with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to register your LLC.

You may submit your Articles of Organization in two ways:

Fill out the form online.

Send a physical copy by mail or in person.

Steps to Take After Forming Your Michigan LLC

After filing your Articles of Organization, 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 Michigan 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 Michigan to incorporate an LLC, it is a good idea to have one. You may begin working on your operating agreement before, during, or after filing your Articles of Organization.

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: Use The State of Michigan’s State License Search website to apply for or learn more about licences, permits, and registration.

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