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The North Carolina 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 North Carolina Articles of Organization!

We’ll walk you through the process of submitting the North Carolina 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 mail your North Carolina Articles of Organization or establish an account and submit online. Whatever option you choose, you must download the Articles of Organization PDF and fill out the relevant parts.

Step two: Complete the Articles of Organization

We will assist you in completing the North Carolina Articles of Organization form in this phase.

To complete the form, you will need the following information:

Name and address of the entity


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

Date of Implementation

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 criteria of North Carolina

is not already in use by another North Carolina firm.

The North Carolina Naming Guidelines should be followed:

Your business name must include one of the following terms: limited liability company, limited liability company, LLC, or L.L.C.

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

You must obtain permission to use the words bank, banker, banking cooperative, co-op, mutual, trust, architect, architecture, architectural, certified public accountant (CPA), engineer, engineering, insurance, pharmacy, prescription drug, drug, prescription, Rx, apothecary, realtor, surveyor, survey, surveying, and wholesale in the name of your LLC.

Your name must be distinct from any other current company in the state.

Examine Name Availability:

Is your name accessible in the state of North Carolina? Do a name search on the North Carolina Secretary of State’s website to ensure that the name you choose isn’t already used.

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.


You must mention everyone who is carrying out the Articles of Organization and identify whether they are a member, an organiser, or both.

Registered Office and Registered Agent

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

Your registered agent may be someone over the age of 18 who resides in North Carolina. During regular business hours, your registered agent must always be accessible at the registered office. A P.O. box cannot be used as your registered office.

Date of Implementation

Unless a later date is stated, the document will be effective at the time of filing.

Step 3: Submit the Articles of Incorporation.

You must submit the Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State to register your LLC.

You may submit your Articles of Organization in two ways:

Online form submission

Steps After Your North Carolina LLC Is Officially Formed Submit a physical copy via mail or in person

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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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. There are a few commercial operations that need licences or permissions on the federal level.

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 the Business Link North Carolina website to apply for or learn more about licences, permits, and registration.

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