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How To Fill Out The Kansas LLC Articles of Organization

How To Fill Out The Kansas LLC Articles of Organization

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How To Fill Out The Kansas LLC Articles of Organization

When starting a business, figuring out what paperwork to file can take some time. One important piece of paperwork that is required to form a Limited Liability Company in Kansas is the Kansas LLC Articles of Organization. This is the official document that creates an LLC with the Kansas Secretary of State.

Here, I’ll break down the steps so you can learn how to form an LLC in Kansas yourself.

Related: How to start a business in Kansas

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Steps To Fill Out The Kansas LLC Articles Of Organization

To file, you can either file online with KanAccess Kansas Business Center or download Form DL 51-09.

In this overview, I’ll go over how to fill out the Kansas LLC Articles of Organization online. To get started, visit the Kansas Secretary of State’s website and create a new account. Next, you will want to select the Kansas Business Center from the dropdown.
How to Form an LLC in Kansas

Next, select Kansas Business Entity Formation.

Kansas Business Entity Formation

After answering a few questions about setting up our account, we are then ready to get started. In this example, we are going to select Kansas Limited Liability Company.

Step 1: Pick a Name for the LLC

Step 1 Kansas LLC Name

Most people will start on the left side of the screen as they have not reserved a name. This isn’t common, but a name can be reserved if someone wants to start their LLC but isn’t ready to file for it yet. In this example, we will enter a name in the name not reserved box.

There are a few requirements to be aware of when choosing a Kansas LLC name.

1. The name of your LLC must not be too similar to the name of another business entity already registered with the state of Kansas. You can verify name availability by doing a Kansas business entity search with the Kansas Secretary of State to be sure the LLC name is available.

2. The name of the LLC must include one of the following entity identifiers at the end of the business name:
– Limited Liability Company
– Limited Company
– LLC
– L.L.C
– LC
– L.C.

3. There are a variety of words that can’t be used in an LLC name. Some are generally excluded, like “Also Known As,” “Doing Business As,” and “Incorporated,” however there are others that require special permission from the state, such as “Bank,” “Insurance,” “Insurance,” and others.

Kansas LLC Name Restrictions

Enter the LLC name, including the identifier, to continue. If you choose a name that is taken, the Secretary of State will not let you move forward.

Step 2: Appoint a Resident Agent

Step 2 Kansas LLC Registered Agent

One requirement for having an LLC in Kansas is to appoint a Kansas resident agent (called a registered agent in many states). The resident agent is a party physically located in the state of Kansas (PO Boxes aren’t allowed) who will receive important notices and service of process (which means accepting papers that start a lawsuit) on behalf of the LLC.

Provided the LLC member lives in the state of Kansas, they may act as the registered agent, or the agent can be an adult resident of the state or registered agent service.

You will first select if the resident agent is a registered business entity (normally a commercial registered agent service), an individual in Kansas (such as the business owner, LLC member, attorney, etc.), or the business entity you are currently forming.

Step 3: Select a Mailing Address

Kansas LLC Mailing Address

The next step is optional, and you can add a mailing address if you prefer that the Secretary of State send mail to a location other than the registered office.

This address can be a PO Box and can also be out of state.

Step 4: Select the LLC Organizer

Step 3 Kansas LLC Organizer

Next, enter the name and mailing address of the LLC organizer(s) who are forming the entity. This can be an individual, such as an LLC member or attorney, or a business, such as an LLC formation service.

Step 5: Review

In Step 5, review the submitted information to ensure it is correct. If it looks fine, click continue to proceed to the final screen.

Step 6: Sign and Date the Articles of Organization

In the last steps, the LLC organizer will review the information and sign the document.

Then make the payment to the Kansas Secretary of State to file the Articles of Organization

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Kansas LLC FAQs

How much does a Kansas LLC cost?

The filing fee to form a Kansas LLC online with the Secretary of State is $160.

How long does it take to form a Kansas LLC?

Kansas LLCs filed online are normally filed immediately, while those filed by mail typically take 3-5 business days

Do Kansas LLCs have ongoing costs?

Yes – Every other year, LLCs are required to file a Kansas LLC biennial report and pay the $55 state filing fee with the Kansas Secretary of State. 

Does Kansas require an LLC to have an operating agreement?

Under Kansas law, statute § 76-7672, a Kansas LLC operating agreement is optional. Although it isn’t required, it is recommended that most LLCs have one, as it can help prevent disputes among members and better protect the LLC’s legal status.

Related: How to create a Kansas operating agreement

What business licenses are needed in Kansas?

The requirements for business licenses and registrations in Kansas vary depending on what the business does and where it’s located.

Here is a list of common business licenses in Kansas.

Do you need an EIN for an LLC in Kansas?

Only Kansas LLCs that either have more than one member, will hire employees, or elect to be taxed as a partnership or corporation are required to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN).

The EIN or Employer Identification Number (also called a Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN) is a unique 9-digit tax identification number that is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If the LLC isn’t required to get an EIN (though you can still get one), the LLC will use the social security number of the business owner.

Related: How to apply for an EIN

How To Fill Out The Kansas LLC Articles of Organization

How To Fill Out The Kansas LLC Articles of Organization

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