Nebraska Certificate of Organization

Learn about the Nebraska LLC Certificate of Organization and how it formally establishes your business in the state.

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When it comes to starting a business, many business owners want to set up limited liability companies (LLCs) due to their relative ease of formation and several other benefits associated with the LLC business structure. However, to formally register your Nebraska LLC, you’ll need to file what’s called a Certificate of Organization with the state. 

Your State of Nebraska Certificate of Organization is one of the most crucial formation documents for your LLC business registration in Nebraska. Thus, it’s important that you follow the applicable rules when completing and filing your paperwork to ensure you do so properly. 

Use our guide below to learn more about the rules and requirements for filing a Certificate of Organization in Nebraska. Then, when you’re ready to move forward, you can use our Nebraska LLC Formation Service to help you get started. 

How to File Your Nebraska Certificate of Organization

Before filing your NE LLC Certificate of Organization with the state, make sure you have all the information you’ll need. While this might feel tedious and time-consuming, gathering this information at the outset can save you valuable time and effort in the future. 

Follow the steps below to better ensure that you include everything you need for your Certificate of Organization in Nebraska. 

Step 1: Submit Your LLC’s Official Name

Selecting a name for your business is an exciting step in the process. Perhaps you’ve already had the perfect name in mind for months or even years. However, even if that’s the case, make sure to first verify that your desired name complies with any applicable state business naming requirements. 

For example, the name you include in your State of Nebraska Certificate of Organization application must contain the words “limited liability company” or “limited company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.,” “LLC,” “L.C.,” or “LC.” Additionally, you can’t select a name that’s the same as or deceptively similar to the names of any other business entities in the state.

Keeping up with all these requirements can be difficult, but we’re here to help. Use our Business Name Checker to find the right name for your business today.

If you aren’t ready to file your Certificate of Organization quite yet but you have an ideal name for your business, you may be able to reserve it before someone else takes it.

Nebraska allows you to reserve a business name by filing a Name Reservation Application with the Secretary of State. The reservation lasts for 120 days and prevents others from registering the same name for their own business.

Step 2: List Your Designated Office Address

For your LLC’s Certificate of Organization to be effective, you must also state the address for your business. You can always amend this address in the future if necessary. However, you must at least list the street and mailing addresses of your current designated office in your initial filing. 

Step 3: Provide the Name and Address of Your Registered Agent

In your State of Nebraska Certificate of Organization, you must also include the name and mailing address of the registered agent for your business. This registered agent will be the person or entity who will accept service of process of important legal documents on behalf of your business. Thus, make sure to designate someone you can trust for this important position. 

Not sure who to select for your Nebraska LLC? Use our Registered Agent Service to find the right registered agent for your business. 

Step 4: Specify the Professional Services to Be Provided

There are also certain rules to be aware of if you intend to form a professional LLC. Specifically, if you plan to provide professional services, such as legal, accounting, or medical services, you must state this in your filing.

Professional service LLCs must also submit a Certificate of Registration to the state confirming that all members, managers, and employees who are to provide such professional services are appropriately licensed with the regulatory body of the particular profession for which the limited liability company is organized to do business.  

Step 5: Choose an Effective Date

Lastly, you’ll need to select an effective date for your LLC. 

You have the option of selecting a delayed effective date for your business. However, the delayed effective date can’t be more than 90 days out from the date of filing. 

If you don’t specify any particular future date, the effective date for your LLC will be the date you file your Certificate of Organization with the state. 

Where to File Your Nebraska Certificate of Organization

Finally, you’re ready to file your NE LLC Certificate of Organization with the appropriate government agency. In Nebraska, this will be the Secretary of State. 

You can file either in person or online. However, the filing fee is typically less expensive for online filings than for in-person filings. To file your formation documents online, you can use the Nebraska Secretary of State Corporate Document eDelivery portal.

Once the Secretary of State accepts your filing, your business registration in Nebraska will be official.

What are the next steps? 

There’s no question that filing your State of Nebraska Certificate of Organization is one of the most important steps in the entire business registration process. As you may have guessed, however, the work doesn’t end here. 

Create an Operating Agreement

You may also want to consider creating an Operating Agreement for your LLC. An Operating Agreement is a type of legal document that details the rights, duties, and obligations of an LLC and the relationships between its owners.

Nebraska LLCs aren’t required to create or implement one, but having one in place is strongly recommended. An Operating Agreement is often one of the best ways to help protect your business and its owners from potential arguments and disputes in the future. 

If you want an Operating Agreement for your business but aren’t sure where to begin, use our Operating Agreement Template to help you get started. 

Apply for an EIN

Another thing to consider is obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS for your business. This will provide you with a separate and distinct tax identification number specifically for your business.

Not all businesses will require a separate EIN. However, you’ll typically need one to do things like: 

  • Hire and pay employees
  • Open business bank accounts and apply for loans
  • Comply with certain state business license and permit requirements

You can obtain an EIN from the IRS for free, but if you want to save yourself the time and effort of doing so, you can use our Employer ID Number Service and get one in minutes.  

We can help!

From keeping track of your business income and expenses with our ZenBusiness Money Service to assisting with your business’s annual report requirements with our Worry-Free Compliance Service, we have a variety of tools and resources to help you along the way. 

No matter what you need, we can be your trusted resource throughout the business lifecycle. Contact us today to see how we can help you start, manage, and grow your Nebraska business.  

Nebraska Certificate of Organization FAQs

  • If something changes after you file your Certificate of Organization, don’t fret. Even after submitting your formation documents, you can make changes by filing what’s called an Amended Certificate of Organization with the Secretary of State. Use our Nebraska Amendment Filing Service to learn more and see how we can help you with yours.

  • If at some point you need to dissolve your entity entirely, you can do so by filing a Statement of Dissolution. You will also file this document with the Secretary of State.

  • The process of forming a corporation in Nebraska is somewhat similar to the process of forming an LLC. However, rather than a Certificate of Organization, the document you’ll need to file is instead referred to as the Articles of Incorporation.

  • No. The forms and processes are designed so that you don’t need to hire a lawyer, especially if your company is going to be a small business. But it never hurts to reach out to a lawyer with specific legal questions. If you’re worried about filing everything out correctly, let our experts help you. By following our easy, step-by-step guide, your company will be up and running in no time!

  • No. You do not need a lawyer to form a Nebraska LLC. However, if you have legal questions about how to form a business entity, speaking with an experienced business law attorney in your state is a good idea.

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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