In Connecticut, as in most states, the primary step in creating a limited liability company (LLC) is to file a certificate of organization with the state. This is an absolutely crucial document that helps define your business, so it’s important to do it correctly.
An LLC is a business entity that offers liability protection for owners, as well as pass-through taxation, much like a sole proprietorship.
What is a Certificate of Organization?
The certificate of organization is a legal document you need to file with the state to form your LLC. It will specify details about your company and establish your LLC as an officially registered business entity in Connecticut.
The document is similar to the articles of incorporation you would file to form a corporation instead of an LLC.
How to File the Connecticut Certificate of Organization
In Connecticut, the process to file a certificate of organization is quite simple. The crucial first step is gathering the required information about your new LLC, before proceeding with the filing itself.
Here are the steps you’ll need to take to create your new business entity:
- Gather the required information about your business.
- Entity Name
- Entity Address
- Principal and Registered Agent Name
- Registered Office Address
- Governing Authority Type
- Visit the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development website.
Find Connecticut’s certificate of organization form here. It’s easiest to fill out the form online and file immediately, but you can also download it, fill it out and mail it in.
- Filling out Certificate of Organization Document
If you don’t already have a Business CT online account, you’ll need to create one to file your certificate of organization online.
Once you create an account, choose “Start Your Business” from the homepage, then choose “Register Your Business”. You will then be brought to the beginning of the online form. You will be asked to input your business type and legal structure (choose LLC). Click “Next” on each page.
If you already paid to reserve a business name, enter it on the next screen. If you did, click “yes”. The information should already be stored in your online account and it will populate automatically. If you did not, click “no” and you will be prompted to register.
On the following screens, you’ll input your NAICS code, principal office contact information, and business agent information. You will also be asked to upload any additional documentation (this is not mandatory). The last screen provides you with a chance to review your data. If everything looks correct, click the “Proceed to Payment” button.
When filling out your articles of organization form, be sure to double-check that all the information is accurate and up-to-date. Maybe you’ve just moved, or use your middle initial in official documents, such as with your bank account. If you get it wrong now, changing it later can be a real pain. So accuracy is crucial.
- File Certificate of Organization – The final step in the process is to submit payment through the website’s payment screen or mail in all documentation. The filing fee in Connecticut is $120.
Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Contact Info
Department main website: Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
Online portal website: Business.CT
450 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 061034
Office of Business Development Contact:
Email: Patricia Paesani
Phone: (860) 500-2415
The Bottom Line
In Connecticut, it’s relatively easy to create an LLC, but you do need to jump through a few hoops. You now have all the information you need to officially create your new business and begin your entrepreneurial journey in the Constitution State.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an attorney to file a certificate of organization in Connecticut?
You do not need an attorney to file a certificate organization in Connecticut. You can easily file online yourself, or use a business formation service. ZenBusiness’s online LLC formation service will enable you to form your LLC in just a few minutes.
How do I amend my LLC certificate of organization?
To amend your LLC certificate of organization, log into your Business.CT account to file online. You can also complete and mail in a Certificate of Amendment form. The filing fee is $120.
How do I get a copy of my certificate of organization in Connecticut?
You can request a certified copy of your certificate of organization online. The fee for certified copies is $55 per copy. Plain copies are $40.