In Michigan, as in most states, the primary step in creating a limited liability company (LLC) is to file articles of organization with the state.Th ...
Cost to Start an LLC in Michigan
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Published on August 3, 2022
Updated on October 2, 2023
If you’re thinking of starting a limited liability company (LLC) in Michigan, you’ll want to know in advance how much it’s going to cost. LLC formation fees vary by state, so it’s wise to do a bit of research and prepare yourself, and your new business, for the necessary steps.
LLC Costs in Michigan
|Articles of Organization||$50|
|Certified Copy - Articles of Organization||$16|
|Certified Copy - Certificate of Good Standing||$10|
|Registered Agent Service||$50 - $300|
|Operating Agreement||$0 - $2500|
|Business Licenses and Renewals||varies - check with state and local government|
Michigan Articles of Organization Cost
In Michigan, you form an LLC by filing Michigan articles of organization, which requires a $50 fee. It’s a simple process you can do online through the Corporations Online Filing System provided by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
If you need a certified copy of the Articles of Organization, there is a $16 fee. If you need a Certificate of Good Standing, there is a $10 fee. If you’d like the state to hold your LLC name before you register, you can fill out the form here for $25 to reserve it for six months.
Completed paper forms and their accompanying fee should be sent to the address below.
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
P.O. Box 30054
Lansing, MI 48909
Michigan Registered Agent Cost
In Michigan, you are required to have a Michigan registered agent, also known as an agent of service in process. A registered agent is a person or business authorized to accept and respond to legal, tax, and financial documents on behalf of your business.
In Michigan, you can be your own registered agent, or it can be another member of the LLC. An individual who is not a member or a professional agency can also serve as the registered agent for your LLC.
Michigan Business Licenses and Permits Cost
Starting an LLC in Michigan requires obtaining the required licenses and permits from local, state, and federal governments. Fees for these vary, but most costs are minimal.
Federal regulations, licenses, and permits associated with starting your business include doing business as, health licenses and permits from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other intellectual properties, as well as industry-specific permits.
You may also need state-level and local county or city-based licenses. The license requirements and how to obtain them vary, so check the websites of your state, city, and county governments to learn more.
Business license fees depend on the type of business and the agency issuing the license or permit. On average, business licenses cost between $100 and $300+, plus renewal fees.
You could also check this SBA guide for your state’s requirements, but we recommend using MyCorporation’s Business License Compliance Package ($149 + state fees). They will research the exact forms you need for your business and state and provide them to ensure you’re fully compliant.
Michigan Operating Agreement Cost
In Michigan, your LLC is not required to have an operating agreement in place. But it’s highly recommended, as an effective operating agreement can help avoid disputes and lawsuits that could threaten the stability of your LLC.
An LLC operating agreement is an important legal document that details who owns the business and provides essential information pertaining to member duties. An LLC operating agreement establishes the financial relationship between members and the basics of the working relationships between those members and the managers who oversee daily operations.
The operating agreement is not filed with the state, but instead remains private. It’s advisable to hire an attorney to ensure your operating agreement is thorough and legally binding.
Creating an operating agreement is free if you just draw it up yourself (here you can find free Michigan LLC Operating Agreement template). Alternatively, you can pay around $100 for guidance from an online business advisory.
This is an extremely important document, so it’s recommended that you use the services of a specialist or legal firm. If you choose to hire an attorney, the price will be around $500 for a single-member LLC and $2,500 for a multi-member LLC.
Michigan LLC Formation Service Cost (Optional)
Forming an LLC in Michigan tends to involve a lot of red tape and paperwork, so for many entrepreneurs just starting out it’s a good idea to hire an experienced service provider.
Some of the best services for forming an LLC in Michigan are ZenBusiness and Northwest Registered Agent. LLC Formation service will take care of all the key steps, keeping you updated while allowing you to focus on launching and growing your business.
The cost of professional services depends on your requirements and LLC formation plan. Most LLC service providers offer different plans/packages and there are many LLC services that offer free LLC formation.
Ongoing Michigan LLC Costs
Every state has a different fee structure and timelines for LLC documents and licenses. It’s important to stay up-to-date or your business could face significant penalties. The fees and timelines for Michigan are detailed below.
In Michigan, you’ll need to file a Michigan LLC annual statement to keep your LLC in good standing. In other states, this is called an annual report and is occasionally referred to as a statement of information. The fee is $75, and you can access and file the form online by logging into your Online Filing Account with Michigan’s Corporations Division.
Business License Renewal Fees
Some business licenses and permits must be renewed periodically, which may have a small associated fee. In Michigan, renewal fees depend on both state and local requirements.
For example, businesses in Michigan with a food truck license must seek an annual renewal with the state for a fee of $192. In contrast, businesses within the District Health Department #10 holding fixed food service licenses pay $450 for annual renewals.
It’s best to check with the state about renewal fees and deadlines so you can create calendar reminders to monitor when license expirations are coming up. This will ensure you have plenty of time to apply for renewal and run your business without any interruption.
Cost to Start an LLC in Michigan
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