New York LLC Cost

We’ve compiled the most common fees so you know exactly what to expect when starting your New York LLC.

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FAQs on how to determine New York LLC costs

  • Before you form your LLC, let’s walk through the most common filing fees you’ll encounter. Nervous to get started? Don’t be. We’ve done this for more than 500,000 businesses.

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    We’ll break down the LLC cost in New York, and then show you how to start your LLC.

  • How much it costs to start an LLC in New York:

    Articles of Organization

    $205: The New York LLC filing fee is $205. You’ll pay this fee when you file your Articles of Organization.

    Note: If you would also like a copy of your Articles of Organization, you will pay a $5 state fee for a plain copy, or $10 for a certified copy.

  • Once you’ve filed your Articles of Organization, there are a few other fees you need to consider.

    Certificate of Publication

    The New York Department of State requires all New York LLCs to publish a copy of their Articles of Organization in two newspapers for six consecutive weeks. The newspaper you choose must be designated by the county clerk in the county where your business is registered.

    While newspapers will charge varying fees for this publication, you will also need to pay $50 to file your Certificate of Publication (along with the affidavit of publication to the newspapers). This document certifies that you have satisfied the publication requirements.

    Biennial Statement

    Your New York biennial statement costs $9.

    New York LLCs are required to file a biennial statement every other year.

    New York LLC Name Reservation

    Reserving a name for your New York LLC costs $20. You can reserve your name online or by filing a “Name Reservation Request” form.

    DBA Name in New York

    Want to “go by” a different name in public than your LLC’s legal name? You can also reserve a fictitious name for $25.

    Registered Agent

    Every New York LLC is required to have a registered agent. You can act as your own registered agent for free, or you can have someone serve as your registered agent.

    Our registered agent services make it easy for you. We’ll serve as your registered agent and handle any requirements without any work from you.

    Change of Registered Agent

    If you need to change your registered agent, you will pay a $30 fee for your LLC Certificate of Change filing.


    If you need to make a change to your Articles of Organization, the fee is $60 for an amendment.

    Foreign LLCs

    If you already have an LLC in another state and want to expand your business to New York, you will need a Certificate of Authority. To obtain this certificate, you’ll need to complete an Application for Authority and pay the $250 filing fee.

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  • Yes. If you file late, your filing will be subject to late fees.

  • Failure to file and pay requisite fees on time can result in penalty fees and in some cases administrative dissolution of your business entity.

  • Fees for forming your New York business will be paid to the New York Department of State.

  • The largest business filing fee you will have to pay is typically for filing the articles of organization for your business.

  • The New York Department of State accepts payment by cash (only in person), check, money order, MasterCard, Visa, or American Express. 

How do I form my LLC in New York?

1. Name your LLC  

It’s time to introduce yourself! All limited liability companies (LLCs) need a unique name. Naming your New York LLC is one of the first things you’ll need to do.

Business Name Rules in New York

Already have the perfect business name? Keep a few things in mind: 

  • Your business name needs to be available in New York
  • It has to meet New York naming requirements
  • You can secure a website domain 

Regardless of the business entity you create, your new company needs to meet these requirements. Luckily, we’re here to help.

New York Business Name Checker

First, run your business name through our business name checker. If it’s available, you can either reserve it now or plan to use it when you file for your New York LLC. 

Becoming a business owner is an exciting time, and securing the perfect business name is a great way to start. 

2. Choose a registered agent  

All New York LLCs need to have a registered agent. Your registered agent is your LLC’s point of contact with the state it’s registered in.

What is a registered agent?

Most importantly, the registered agent has to be available during business hours because they’re responsible for accepting legal notices (like if your company is sued).

Your New York LLC registered agent also needs to be a New York resident or have a New York address. 

Registered Agent Options

You can serve as your own registered agent as long as you have a physical street address in New York, but it might be a good idea to have someone else represent your company. 

Hiring a Registered Agent Service

For a small fee, the company will guarantee that they’re available and at the given address to handle any requirements for you. It’s one less thing for you to worry about as a business owner. 

3. File your Articles of Organization

Before legally operating a New York LLC, you need to file Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State, along with the one-time state filing fee of $200. You already know that part. 

New York accepts filings online, by mail, or via personal delivery. 

You can file your LLC online, by mail, in person, or via fax. 

File online here

Mail your Articles of Organization, along with a check for your filing fee (made payable to the New York Department of State) to: 

New York State Department of State, Division of Corporations
State Records and Uniform Commercial Code
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12231

Deliver your Articles of Organization in person to the above address, and pay your filing fee.  

Fax your Articles of Organization along with a Credit Card/Debit Card Authorization Form to the Division of Corporations, State Records and Uniform Commercial Code at (518) 474-1418.

4. Create an operating agreement

We encourage every business owner to draft an operating agreement. While it’s not required in most states, New York does require an operating agreement when you file an LLC.

Operating Agreement Benefits

Operating agreements: 

  • Are legally binding documents that provide clear and concise definitions of all ownership and management terms/rules.
  • Protect personal assets of the LLC owners and outline ownership percentages, responsibilities, voting power, and a succession plan in case an owner decides to leave the business.
  • Can prevent any miscommunication and resolve any conflicts between members. 

You won’t regret having an LLC operating agreement. Utilizing an operating agreement template can set you up for success regarding having the right business structure and format for this important document. 

5. Get an EIN    

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) officially registers your company with the federal government. Also known as Federal Tax ID Numbers, EINs are typically required to open a business bank account, get business credit cards, or hire employees. 

Apply for an EIN on the IRS website, or use our EIN service when you form your LLC and we’ll handle that for you too. 

Check New York annual requirements     

You’re all set! You’ve successfully formed your New York LLC with the state. So you’re done, right? Almost.  

Certificate of Publication

It’s important that you remember to run your Articles of Organization in a local newspaper for six consecutive weeks, and then file your Certificate of Publication along with your $50 filing fee. 

Biennial Report

New York LLCs have to pay a $9 Biennial Report filing fee every other year. 

Avoid Fees

To avoid costly fees, use our Annual Report Service to receive important notifications and help to file your Biennial Report.

Stay legally compliant    

You might need to make certain changes to your business over time. For example, you may get a registered agent or change your business address. New York needs to be aware of these changes to your LLC. 

LLC Amendments

Some changes require an amendment with the state. Learn more about New York LLC amendments.

Stay Compliant

We offer a Worry-Free Compliance Service, which includes two amendments every year, to help your business stay compliant with New York law.

We can help!

Running a legal business entity in New York doesn’t have to be complicated. We’re here to guide you. We’ll help you launch, start, and run your new LLC. 

Our experts will help you file and avoid costly mistakes and penalties. We also offer endless amounts of business resources to help your LLC succeed in New York.

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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