North Carolina LLC

What is a North Carolina LLC?

A North Carolina LLC is formed by filing Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State and paying the appropriate filing fee. A North Carolina LLC is governed by its Operating Agreement, which is written and agreed upon by its members, and which lays out the management structure of the company. Each member offers a capital contribution in return for an ownership percentage.

Learn more below about the structure of a North Carolina LLC and how one is formed.

North Carolina LLC Requirements

  1. North Carolina Limited Liability Company Articles of Organization.
  2. State Filing Fee of $125.
  3. A Registered Agent located in North Carolina. See our service here.
  4. Beneficial Ownership Information Report filing. Your report must be submitted after company formation starting January 1, 2024.


North Carolina LLC Structure

NC Limited Liability Companies are structured legally with the North Carolina Articles of Organization for a Limited Liability Company. Like many states, the document for an LLC is short and simple.

The required information to be listed:

  • Name
  • Organizer(s)
  • Registered Agent
  • Principal Office
  • Officials
  • Options


When choosing the name of your North Carolina LLC, keep in mind that it is required to have a designation in the name. You must include one of the following phrases or abbreviation: “Limited Liability Company”, “L.L.C.”, “Ltd. Liability Co.”, “Limited Liability Co.”, or “Ltd. Liability Company”.


Those who execute the Articles of Organization will sign the document for finalization. The name, business address and capacity will be listed. A persons capacity can be Member, Organizer or both.

Registered Agent

Your initial North Carolina Registered Agent will be listed on the Articles of Organization for a North Carolina LLC. This information will include the name and address of the NC Registered Agent.

Principal Office

You can choose whether you want a Principal Office in North Carolina, rare. If you do have one, list the address.


An option of the NC LLC is to list the company officials. Name, title and business address is to be included. A business email is also another option.


Benefits of Forming an LLC in North Carolina (NC):

Taxes: A North Carolina LLC has the flexibility to be taxed as a sole proprietor, partnership, S-corp or C-corp.

Pass-through Taxation: Typically, LLCs will choose to be taxed as a partnership to avoid double taxation, which occurs in corporations. This allows LLCs to distribute their profit among members who then report it on their personal tax returns. The LLC is not a tax payer, but often is required to file a tax return.

Limited Liability: The owners (members) of the LLC enjoy personal protection against some or all liability of the debts and obligations of the LLC.

North Carolina LLC Annual Report: Annual reports must be filed each subsequent year by the 15th day of the 4th month following your Limited Liability Company’s end of the fiscal year.


North Carolina (NC) LLC Guidelines:

An LLC is formed in the State of North Carolina (NC) when the Articles of Organization are properly filed with the North Carolina (NC) Secretary of State’s office along with the required filing fee. The following information must be included in the North Carolina (NC) Articles of Organization:

-Name of the Company (your company’s name must end in either Limited Liability Company, L.L.C. or LLC)
-The principal address of your business
-The name of the Registered Agent and its North Carolina (NC) address
-The name(s) and address(es) of a manager
-Name of at least one organizer/member


Optional Provisions:

-Paragraph about the purpose for which the company was formed
-Any specific details pertaining to management and regulation of company affairs
-Provisions which delegate the powers of the company, managers, and members

If you choose Corporate Filing Solutions’ LLC Registered Agent services, we will include the above information in your Articles of Organization. The name of your North Carolina (NC) Registered Agent will be Filings Made Easy or a party affiliated with Corporate Filing Solutions, unless you choose another agent.


CFS’s legal name and address in North Carolina (NC) are:

Corporate Filing Solutions, LLC
176 Mine Lake Court, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27615

NOTE: If you choose to use Corporate Filing Solutions services Registered Agent, we can list our North Carolina (NC) office location as your LLCs main North Carolina (NC) address for purposes of receiving important legal documents. This provides you the flexibility to relocate your business within the State of North Carolina (NC) without having to file additional paper work and pay related fees.


North Carolina LLC Filing Fee:

The Secretary of State of North Carolina (NC) charges an LLC filing fee of $125.00 when you submit your Articles of Organization. If filing online, there is an additional $2.00 processing fee.


Registered Agent Information:

The Secretary of State of North Carolina (NC) requires all LLC operating within North Carolina (NC) to have a designated registered agent at all times.  The registered agent may be any individual or business with a physical North Carolina (NC) mailing address.

Corporate Filing Solutions provides affordable professional Registered Agent services in North Carolina (NC) as well as the other 49 United States and Washington, D.C.  Our Registered Agent services cost $99.00 per year.


Federal Beneficial Ownership Information Report Filing:

As a newly-formed LLC, you’ll probably need to submit a Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Report to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The BOI report provides the federal government with basic information about your LLC and the people with the most power over your business decisions and profits. Starting January 1, 2024, this report is due following company formation. This report is a little complicated, but we can make filing painless with our $9 BOI report filing service.


Why Hire Corporate Filing Solutions to Form Your North Carolina LLC?

Starting your LLC in North Carolina shouldn’t be a hassle or a time consumer. That’s why we offer Filings Made Easy™ to make starting an LLC in North Carolina super easy.

Hire us and relax while our filing experts form your new North Carolina LLC. Our staff will process orders the same business day as they are received. To make things even easier, we bundle the first year of Registered Agent service and ensure your North Carolina LLC comes fully equipped and ready to do its job.

Start your LLC in North Carolina and get Registered Agent service for as low as $55 a year.