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How To Fill Out The Michigan LLC Articles of Organization

How To Fill Out The Michigan LLC Articles of Organization

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How To Fill Out The Michigan LLC Articles of Organization

Understanding the filing requirements is an important step to starting a Limited Liability Company in Michigan. Knowing the process and what information needs to be included can help ensure that your filing is done quickly and accurately.

Here, I’ll go over the steps of filling out the Michigan LLC Articles of Organization so you can launch your LLC.

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Steps To Fill Out The Michigan LLC Articles Of Organization

The Michigan LLC Articles of Organization is the official document filed with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau to establish a Michigan Limited Liability Company (LLC). After the filing is approved by the state, the business can officially begin operating and register for the necessary business licenses and permits.
To file the Michigan Articles of Organization, you will submit the completed CSCL/CD-700 LLC Articles of Organization form to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Corporations Division. The form can be downloaded and sent by mail or file on the LARA website.

In this overview, I’ll go over how to fill out the LLC Articles of Organization online. To get started, visit the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website.

Step 1: Pick a Name for the LLC

Step 1 Michigan LLC Name

The first step in filling out the Michigan Operating Agreement is to pick a business name. There are a couple of requirements when choosing a Michigan 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 Michigan. You can verify name availability by doing a Michigan LLC name search with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs 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
– L.L.C.
– L.C.
– LC

To continue, enter the LLC name, including the identifier. If you choose a name that is already taken, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will return your application.

Step 2: Describe the Business

Step 2 Michigan LLC Purpose

This section covers what the LLC’s purpose is.

You are allowed to provide more information about what the LLC will do; however, you can keep the included text “The purpose or purposes for which the limited liability company is formed is to engage in any activity within the purposes for which a limited liability company may be formed under the Limited Liability Company Act of Michigan” and not add anything else.

Leaving this section blank is generally recommended unless there is a specific reason to limit the LLC’s activities. If you add a more specific purpose and then the business changes from what was listed, an amendment will need to be made.

Related: How to answer the business purpose statement 

Step 3: Choose the LLC’s Duration

Step 3 Michigan LLC Duration

This section is optional and not common for most LLCs to fill in. However, if there is a specified date the LLC will cease to exist, enter the date here.  This is more common for investment-related entities.

If there isn’t a specific date to close the LLC, leave this section blank.

Step 4: Appoint a Resident Agent

Step 4 Michigan LLC Registered Agent

One requirement for having an LLC in Michigan is to appoint a Michigan resident agent (called a registered agent in many states). The resident agent is a party physically located in the state of Michigan who will receive important notices and service of process (which means accepting papers that start a lawsuit) on behalf of the LLC.

You can either appoint an individual such as yourself as the resident agent or appoint someone else, such as a friend, or family member, or an entity such as a professional registered agent service.

The main requirements to be a Michigan resident agent are that they are an adult and be at a physical address during normal business hours.

A different mailing address can be added should you not want correspondence from the state going to the registered office address.

Related: Should you be the resident agent?

Step 5: Include Any Additional Information

If there are additional rules that should be applied to the LLC, enter those in this section.

Step 6: Sign the Articles of Organization

At least one of the LLC’s organizers will review the LLC Articles of Organization and sign the document.

The Organizer is someone who is involved with the LLC formation.  The Organizer may or may not be a member, such as a mentor, attorney, or accountant, but any of the initial member(s) could be listed as an organizer.

If the organizer agrees to the terms, they will sign and provide their contact information, along with sending the state filing fee.

Related: Who can be an LLC Organizer? 

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Michigan LLC FAQs

How much does it cost to file Articles of Organization in Michigan?

The cost to file the Articles of Organization and form an LLC in Michigan is $50.

How long does it take to form a Michigan LLC?

It usually takes the state 10-15 business days for the state to process the Articles of Organization.

Expedited processing is available for an additional filing fee.

Do you need to renew your LLC every year in Michigan?

Yes – Each year Michigan LLCs will file a Michigan LLC annual statement (called an annual report in many states) and pay the state filing fee of $25.

Can a Limited Liability Company act as its own resident agent?

While a company, such as a resident agent service, can act as the agent, the entity being filed can’t act as its own resident agent in Michigan.

Does Michigan require an LLC to have an operating agreement?

Under state law, statute § 450.4308 shows that a Michigan 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 Michigan operating agreement

Do you need a business license in Michigan with an LLC?

Most businesses in Michigan will need to register with a variety of government agencies. Michigan business license requirements are based on what the business does or where it is located in the state, not on the type of entity.

Here is a list of common business licenses in Michigan

Does Michigan allow single-member LLCs?

There is no limit to the number of LLC members in Michigan. In addition, there is no age or residency requirement.


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    With over two decades as an entrepreneur, educator, and business advisor, Greg Bouhl has worked with over 2,000 entrepreneurs to help them start and grow their businesses. Fed up with clients finding and acting on inaccurate and outdated information online, Greg launched StartUp101.com to be a trusted resource for people starting a business.

How To Fill Out The Michigan LLC Articles of Organization

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