In Vermont, as in most states, the primary step in creating a limited liability company (LLC) is to file articles 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 are Articles of Organization?
The articles of organization is a legal document you need to file with the state to form your LLC and officially become a legal entity. It will specify details about your company and establish your LLC as a registered business entity in Vermont.
The document is similar to the articles of incorporation you would file to form a corporation instead of an LLC.
How to File the Vermont Articles of Organization
In Vermont, the process to file articles 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.
- Business name
- Business purpose
- Business principal address
- Registered agent information
- Visit the state’s Secretary of State website
Find Vermont articles of organization form here. You’ll have to register for an account before you can access the online document. It’s easiest to fill out the form online and file it immediately, but you can also download it, fill it out and mail it in.
- Filling out Articles of Organization Document
First, register for an account on the Virginia Secretary of State website.
Go to the secretary of state online services and select new business registration. You’ll fill out your business name, NAICS number (your industry number from their dropdown menu), and your physical business address.
On the next page, you’ll fill out your email, registered agent information, and management structure. Select whether your LLC will be member-managed or manager-managed (click the link to learn more).
Then fill in your managing member or manager name and address. You’ll certify that all information is correct, and go to the review and payment page.
When filling out your articles of organization form, be sure to check and 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 Articles of Organization
Once you certify that your information is correct, you’ll hit continue to go to the payment page.
On the payment page you’ll pay the filing fee, which in Vermont is $125.
Vermont Secretary of State Contact Info
Here’s the Secretary of State website. Contact the secretary of state’s office at (802) 828-2386.
Their mailing address is:
VT Secretary of State
128 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-1104
The Bottom Line
In Vermont, 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 Green Mountain State.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an attorney to file articles of organization in Vermont?
You do not need an attorney to file articles of organization in Vermont. You can file easily online yourself, or you can 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 articles of organization?
You can fill out an articles of amendment form through your account on the secretary of state’s website for a fee of $25.
How do I get a copy of my articles of organization in Vermont?
You can request a certified copy through your account on the secretary of state’s website or call the office to make your request at (802) 828-2386.