Anonymous LLC Definition

Learn about the definition of an Anonymous LLC, and how to set up an anonymous LLC.

What is an anonymous LLC?

An anonymous LLC is a limited liability company whose owners are not publicly identifiable by the state. The name and contact information of the “real” members and managers are private. An anonymous LLC isn’t a separate type of business legal entity. It’s where the state’s Secretary of State doesn’t publish or require you to give the real names and contact information of the owners of an LLC.

Other than this, an anonymous LLC is the same as a regular LLC. 

How else can you refer to an anonymous LLC? Here are some examples of an anonymous LLC:

Next, let’s talk about how to set up an anonymous LLC.

How do you set up an anonymous LLC?

Setting up an anonymous LLC is just like setting up a regular LLC. The only major difference is that you will need to research to make sure that the state in which you would like to form your LLC keeps the names and contact information of the members and managers private. Delaware, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wyoming keep your personal information private when you form an LLC in that state. Laws change, however, so it’s important to do research before you file. 

Here are the next steps to setting up your anonymous LLC.

Decide on a business name

Your name and address may be out of the public eye, but your business name won’t be. And you want it to stand out from the competition. Come up with a business name that is catchy, descriptive, and “fits” you or your business. 

Use our Business Name Checker Service to make sure that your perfect business name is available. Then, use our Business Name Reservation Service to snag it before someone else does. 

Choose a registered agent

The registered agent is the person or business that receives formal business mail and paperwork on your behalf. If someone sues your business, for example, the registered agent receives the legal paperwork and passes it on to you. The registered agent typically needs to be in the state where you formed your business. 

Our registered agent service connects you with a professional registered agent in your business’s state. Answer a few questions, and we’ll find registered agent service providers in your business’s area. 

File the Articles of Organization

You legally form an LLC by filing the Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State in the state where you want to form your business. Different states may use a different name for the Articles of Organization. The Articles of Organization ask you for information about your business, the registered agent, who’s filing the paperwork, and other details. 

Our Business Formation Service streamlines the legal paperwork so that you save money and time. You answer a few short questions about you and your business. We put together formation packages that we think you will like. You pick the package that appeals to you and pay the affordable fee (plus state filing fee). We file the paperwork with the Secretary of State, putting you on the track to start your dream business. It’s that simple. 

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States that currently offer an anonymous LLC

There are only a handful of states that currently allow the set-up of an anonymous LLC. They are as follows:

Summary 

An anonymous LLC is a limited liability company where the names of the people in the LLC are kept private. It’s the same thing as a regular LLC. The big difference is that certain information isn’t public. 

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Disclaimer: The content on this page is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.

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