Vermont LLC Cost

We’ve compiled the most common fees associated with forming an LLC in Vermont.

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FAQs on how to determine Vermont LLC costs

  • What does it cost to start a business in Vermont? Here are a couple of standard Vermont LLC fees you can expect to pay.

    Vermont LLC Filing Fee – $125

    The initial Vermont LLC filing fee for the Articles of Organization is $125. When you file online, the clerk processes your documents within 1 business day. Processing time for mailed-in Articles of Organization is 2 – 3 weeks.

    Vermont LLC Annual Reports – $35

    Every Vermont LLC needs to file an annual report within three months of the end of the fiscal year on record. Filing an annual report costs $35.

    Our Annual Report Service helps you file your annual reports on time each year.

    Registered Agent – Free

    Your Vermont LLC needs to have a registered agent. A registered agent is someone who receives important and legal documents on behalf of the Vermont LLC. They have to be at the registered address and available to receive these documents during regular business hours.

    You can be your business’s registered agent for free or have a friend or colleague do so. But you would need to be available during regular business hours at the location you registered with the State of Vermont. Plus, if somebody sues your business, do you really want to be served legal papers in front of employees and customers? Probably not.

    Luckily, our registered agent service matches you with a professional, discreet, and competent Vermont registered agent. Rest easy knowing that a professional registered agent is there to receive your legal and important Vermont LLC documents.

  • What else goes into Vermont LLC cost? Consider the following:

    Certificate of Good Standing

    One of the one-time fees you can expect to pay is the $25 filing fee for the Certificate of Good Standing. A Certificate of Good Standing shows that your Vermont LLC exists and is in compliance with state requirements. It’s also proof that, as of the date on the document, your LLC is up-to-date on its filings with the Secretary of State.

    Assumed Business Name for Your Vermont LLC

    Thought of a better name for your business? You can apply for an alternative name for your business without permanently changing the current one. The Vermont LLC filing fee to apply for an assumed business name is $50. You need to renew your assumed business name every five years. That’s another $40. 

    Foreign LLC Registration

    Have a business in another state and want to start up in Vermont? No problem. File for a Certificate of Authority to do business in Vermont and pay the $125 filing fee. 

    Business Licenses and Permits

    Before you host that opening day celebration, check to see if your business needs licenses or permits to operate in Vermont. 

    If you’re going to serve alcoholic beverages, for example, you probably require a liquor license. If your business is a restaurant, you may need to get a business permit before setting up shop in your area. 

    But who has time to sift through government websites? With our help, hours upon hours of searching are complete within minutes. Our Business License Report helps you find the information you require in a fraction of the time, for a fraction of the price other companies charge. 

  • If you pay your fees late, you may be subject to late fees or your Vermont LLC may fall out of good standing.

  • If you can’t pay your filing fee to the Vermont government, the clerk won’t file your Vermont LLC documents. 

  • The Vermont Secretary of State receives the Vermont LLC filing fee. 

  • In most cases, the $125 filing fee for the Articles of Organization is the largest fee you pay to form a Vermont LLC. Additional licenses or registrations may cost more or less than this, though. It depends on the industry, size, and location of your business.

  • If filing online, the following payment methods are OK to use:

    • eCheck (EFT)
    • Visa
    • MasterCard
    • American Express
    • Discover

    If mailing in your application, check is the preferred method. Mail your application to:

    Corporations Division

    VT Secretary of State

    128 State Street

    Montpelier, VT 05633-1104

Vermont Secretary of State Contact Information

128 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-1104
(802) 828-2386

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