How to Create an LLC in Alabama (2022 Guide) – Forbes Advisor

In the early stages of setting up an LLC, there are a few essential details you need to take care of first. Please read the sections below to find out what you need to manage before you file your documents.

Reserve your preferred business name

Avoid a disappointing waste of time double-checking that your intended LLC name is available for use in Alabama. You can visit the Secretary of State’s Government Records Investigation System to browse business entity records. Please note that you will need to visit the archives for all companies created between 1949 and 2010.

If the name you wish to use has not been taken, you must file a Name Reservation Request Form, available for domestic (company located in Alabama) and foreign (company located outside of Alabama) entities. The process costs $25, which can be paid by check, money order, or credit card. You can download and submit these forms.

There is also an online deposit and payment option. Please be advised that the State will not accept any documents sent by email.

When registering and submitting your business name, you must either include the words “limited liability company” or an approved abbreviation such as “LLC” or “LLC”

Get a registered agent

A registered agent receives and handles important legal documents, such as court orders or tax forms, on behalf of your LLC. You can be your own agent as long as you are 18 years old and have a physical address in Alabama and are available there during business hours. Being your own agent could disrupt your privacy, so you might consider using a registered agent service.

The cost ranges from $49 to $300 on average, plus other fees for special services. Compare companies and ask questions to get the best deal possible.

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