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As a small business owner, you may be looking for a flexible business structure that protects you from personal liability. For this reason, a small business owner may decide to organize their business as a limited liability company (LLC).
To start an LLC in Wyoming, you must file Articles of Organization with Wyoming’s Secretary of State. Filing your Articles of Organization officially sets up your LLC in a manner that complies with Wyoming’s law.
Preparing the Articles of Organization for your LLC in Wyoming involves several steps outlined below.
The first step for preparing your State of Wyoming Articles of Organization is to choose a name for your LLC. Your LLC name has to comply with Wyoming name requirements.
Generally, this means that the name you choose can’t be too similar to other business names in the state. To find out which names are already registered with Wyoming, you can search the Secretary of State’s business entity search website.
In addition to it not being too similar to other business names, your Wyoming LLC name must have some form of “LLC” in the name. Forms of “LLC” include “L.L.C.,” “limited liability company,” and “LLC.”
If your proposed business name starts with the letter “A” followed by a space or includes a special character, you will only be able to file your Articles of Organization by mail. The Secretary of State has designated these names as needing special processing.
Once you have selected your LLC’s name, you can reserve it by filing a Name Reservation form with the Secretary of State. You can file your Name Reservation by mail along with the appropriate filing fee. If the name is available, the Secretary of State will reserve it for you for 120 days.
We can make your LLC naming process easier. We can help you search Wyoming business names with our Wyoming Business Entity Search feature. Additionally, you can easily reserve your chosen name with our Business Name Reservation service.
The next step for filing the Articles of Organization for an LLC in Wyoming is to decide whether you would like a close LLC. A close LLC in Wyoming is different from a regular Wyoming LLC in several ways.
A close LLC has some limitations that regular LLCs don’t have. For example, all LLC members must approve if one member wants to transfer their interest or withdraw. It also limits the number of members. A close LLC, however, also can avoid some formalities such as the requirement to have annual meetings. Plus, they may have some tax benefits.
If you’d like to form a close LLC, you must check the box indicating so on your WY LLC Articles of Organization. You also need to make certain statements in your LLC Operating Agreement if you choose to have one, which we describe below.
You next need to provide the name and address of your LLC’s registered agent for your State of Wyoming Articles of Organization. A Wyoming registered agent is a person or business entity that agrees to accept legal documents, like complaints, on behalf of your LLC. The registered agent must have a physical address, not a post office box, within the state of Wyoming. For an individual to serve as your registered agent, they must be over 18 and a Wyoming resident.
Once you have found a registered agent, they will need to fill out and sign a “Consent to Appointment by Registered Agent” attachment that you’ll file with your Articles of Organization.
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Next, you provide your LLC’s mailing address and principal office address in your Articles of Organization in Wyoming. Your principal office address is your LLC’s main office address. Your LLC’s mailing address is where your LLC can receive mail. Your LLC’s mailing address may be the same as your principal office address.
The Articles of Organization for an LLC in Wyoming require certification and consent to electronic service of process. The Wyoming Secretary of State requires that you provide a business email address where they can serve you with legal documents via email in case they can’t serve your registered agent for some reason. They will serve you electronically only in very limited circumstances.
Next, you’ll have your LLC Organizer sign your LLC Articles of Organization in WI and provide contact information. Your LLC Organizer prepares and files the Articles of Organization with the Wyoming Secretary of State.
You’ll also include contact information, including a business email address. As mentioned above, the Articles of Organization require a business email address if the Secretary of State can’t serve your registered agent with legal documents.
Lastly, you’ll have your registered agent complete and sign a “Consent to Appointment by Registered Agent” attachment to your Articles of Organization in Wyoming. Your registered agent will provide their physical and mailing address in this document. They will also certify that they comply with Wyoming’s requirements for a registered agent and that they voluntarily agree to serve as the registered agent for your LLC.
Once you have collected the above information, you are now ready to file your Wyoming Articles of Organization. Filing the Articles of Organization will complete your LLC’s business registration in Wyoming.
You file your Articles of Organization with the Wyoming Secretary of State. You may file the Articles of Organization online or by mail with the appropriate filing fee. The Secretary of State will take about 15 days to process them.
Once you file your LLC Articles of Organization in WY, you may need to take additional steps to comply with state and federal regulations.
An operating agreement isn’t required in Wyoming, but many businesses find that it helps run their businesses. An operating agreement describes the internal rules of your LLC. An operating agreement also may explain how financial decisions are made, voting procedures, and what would cause the LLC to dissolve.
If you decide on a close LLC, the operating agreement must have a “Notice of Restrictions on Transfers and Withdrawals.” A close LLC doesn’t permit members to withdraw or transfer their membership without the approval of all the members.
If drafting an operating agreement feels overwhelming, we can help. We have an LLC Operating Agreement Template that can help you craft the right operating agreement for your business.
You also need to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service. An EIN is a tax identification number assigned to your LLC for tax purposes. Even if you don’t plan on having employees, your LLC may need an EIN. For example, many banks and other financial institutions require that you provide an EIN for their services.
We make obtaining your EIN easy. You can get your LLC an EIN quickly with our EIN ID Number service.
After you file your Articles of Organization for an LLC in Wyoming, you may need to register with other governmental agencies. For example, if your LLC will be making any sales, you may need to register with the Wyoming Department of Revenue.
Your LLC may also need licenses depending on what business you’ll be conducting. You should check with your locality to see if you need a business license in your area.
Figuring out the Wyoming business regulations for LLCs can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we offer a Wyoming LLC Formation service to help you quickly set up your Wyoming LLC without too much hassle.
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.
Things change over time with your business. If you need to change your Articles of Organization, you need to file an Amendment to your Articles of Organization with the Wyoming Secretary of State. Typically, you need to get the approval of a majority of members to amend your Articles of Organization.
We offer a Wyoming LLC Amendment service that can handle your amendment request for you.
Plus, your LLC can get two amendments per year if you sign up for our Worry-Free Compliance service.
First, if you wish to dissolve your Wyoming LLC, you should look at your operating agreement for any requirements. You must comply with those requirements before you can dissolve your LLC. Typically, the members must approve of the dissolution. Your LLC will also have to close out any financial obligations before it can dissolve. Lastly, you’ll file Articles of Dissolution with the Wyoming Secretary of State.
If you want to start a corporation in Wyoming, you need to take several steps. You need to secure an appropriate name and obtain a registered agent. In addition, a corporation typically requires a board of directors. To form a corporation, you need to file Articles of Incorporation with the Wyoming Secretary of State.
The state of Wyoming doesn’t require LLCs to have operating agreements. Nevertheless, many businesses find an operating agreement helpful. You can state your policies and decision-making procedures in an operating agreement. This way, you can avoid confusion when it’s time to make significant business decisions.
You don’t need a lawyer to form an LLC in Wyoming, though it never hurts to reach out to one with questions. While a lawyer isn’t necessary, the process of forming an LLC can be complicated. This is why we offer a Wyoming LLC Formation service to guide you through the proces.