Connecticut Certificate of Organization

Discover how to file a Connecticut LLC Certificate of Organization to legally establish your business entity, complying with state regulations and setting the foundation for your entrepreneurial journey.

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Starting a business in Connecticut can be exciting and rewarding, but it’s essential to go through all the proper steps to get to that point. The most important step to becoming a legal limited liability company (LLC) is filing your Certificate of Organization in Connecticut. Once this document is properly filed, you have an official LLC, but there are still a few more things to do. 

Not many people get excited about filing business paperwork. But we do. We can take care of your Connecticut Articles of Organization with our LLC Formation Service. 

How to file your Connecticut Certificate of Organization 

Specific information is needed to file your Certificate of Organization in Connecticut with the Secretary of State. And to make the filing process as smooth as possible, make sure to have all necessary information on hand.

Here are some of the things you will want to have prepared. 

Step 1: Submit the name of the limited liability company

Follow all Connecticut LLC naming laws when choosing the name of your business. An LLC name must contain the words “Limited Liability Company” or an abbreviation of the phrase, and the business name must be distinguishable from the names of other Connecticut businesses.

Make sure the name you choose is available by using our Business Name Checker. You can reserve your preferred name for 120 days by filing an Application for Reservation of Name with the Secretary of State. 

Step 2: Provide the principal office address and mailing address

Include the physical address of your principal office and your mailing address. A post office box is not acceptable for your principal office. 

Step 3: Provide registered agent information

Appoint a registered agent for your Connecticut limited liability company. This person or entity is authorized to receive all legal and business correspondence. They must be available during all regular business hours. Your Certificate of Organization in Connecticut requires all contact information for your registered agent. If you haven’t chosen one, we can help you acquire your Registered Agent

Step 4: Provide manager or member information 

You must provide contact information for at least one member or manager of your business. You can include additional members or managers as an attachment if necessary. This is also an excellent time to determine the management structure of your company. 

Step 5: Include organizer signature 

The person filling out the formation documents can sign for the execution of the Certificate of Formation in Connecticut. If the organizer is another business entity, the person acting on behalf of that entity must provide a full name and title. A member/manager may also be the organizer and sign the Certificate of Formation. If you choose to have us fill out your Certificate of Formation, we can sign as the organizer. 

Where to file your Connecticut Certificate of Organization 

Submit your Certificate of Organization by postal mail or online. Make sure to include the filing fee with your application.

What are the next steps?

After filing your Connecticut Certificate of Organization, a number of things remain before you are ready to open your doors for business.  

Create an operating agreement

An operating agreement is not mandatory in Connecticut, but it is highly recommended. This internal document details how your company is to be run. It includes provisions like member and manager rights and responsibilities, daily operations, conflict resolution, and transfer of ownership. We can help you draft this document with our Operating Agreement Template.

Obtain an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is necessary for your business to pay taxes or hire employees. You can obtain this number from the IRS, or we can get it for you. 

Business license and permits

A Connecticut general business license is necessary to conduct business in the state. Apply for a business license with the Secretary of State. There may be several other licenses and permits needed, depending on your industry. These can be at the local, state, or federal level and require a lot of research to discover. We can handle this part with our Business License Report

Business accounts

Once you have your EIN, you can open a business bank account and other accounts under your business name. It is important to keep all personal and business finances separate. 

We can help with your Certificate of Organization in Connecticut

Starting a new business can be both exciting and overwhelming. Lose some stress by letting us help out with all that pesky paperwork. 

Our services extend far beyond filing your Connecticut Certificate of Organization. We can help you remain in good standing with our Worry-Free Compliance Service and our Annual Report Service. And we can even help you manage transactions with our ZB Money app! 

Connecticut Certificate of Organization FAQs

  • To make changes to your Certificate of Organization in Connecticut, you must file a Certificate of Amendment with the Secretary of State. We can help with your amendment needs.

  • Dissolve your Connecticut LLC by submitting Articles of Dissolution to the Connecticut Secretary of State. You can use the state’s form or draft your own Articles of Dissolution.

  • Your corporation is legally created by filing a Certificate of Incorporation with the Connecticut Secretary of State.

  • Connecticut doesn’t require limited liability companies to have an Operating Agreement. But it is highly recommended.

  • You don’t need a lawyer to form a Connecticut LLC, but you may want to speak to one to help you decide if an LLC is the correct business structure for your company.

Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information 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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