Last Updated on February 5, 2022
The steps for filing using the online application or by mail are mostly the same. Below, we have step-by-step instructions for forming an Arkansas L.L.C.
To get started, either download the Arkansas L.L.C. Articles of Organization Form LL-01 or visit the Arkansas Secretary of State.
Step 1: Select the Entity
First, scroll through the list and look for the Domestic Limited Liability Company section, click on “Articles of Organization for Domestic L.L.C. – LL-01,” and then click on “Choose Filing.”
Step 2: Start Form
Next, find the Domestic L.L.C. section and click on the “Start Form” button under “Articles of Organization for Domestic L.L.C. – LL-01.”
Step 3: Filing Act
The default filing act is 1003 of 1993 and applies to most L.L.C.s. This act pertains to forming an Arkansas Limited Liability Company.
Step 4: Entity Information
Company Name – Enter the name you would like to use for the L.L.C.
There can’t be another L.L.C. with the same name as the one you want. A link to search similar names is available to ensure the name you want to use is available.
Related: How to search available LLC names in Arkansas
Additionally, when coming up with the Company Name, one of the primary naming guidelines is to use the following words or abbreviations at the end of the L.L.C.’s name:
- Limited Liability Company
- Limited Liability Co.
- Ltd. Liability Company
- Ltd. Liability Co.
- Limited Company
- Limited Co.
- Ltd. Company
- Ltd. Co.
L.L.C.s can either be Manager-Managed or Member-Managed.
- Member-Managed L.L.C.s have an active involvement in the day-to-day operations of the business.
- Manager-Managed L.L.C.s are hired by the members to run the L.L.C., similar to a C.E.O. of a corporation.
If a manager will manage the L.L.C., a statement needs to be included in this section.
Most L.L.C.s are member-managed and would leave this section blank.
Step 5: Principal Information
Enter the principal place of business of the L.L.C. This has to be a physical address that can be a home address, office address, or the registered agent’s address. No Post Office boxes are allowed. This address will receive mailings from the Secretary of State.
Step 6: Registered Agent Information
In Arkansas, a registered agent must be selected to act as the primary point of contact to be the agent for service of process on behalf of the LLC. Service of process refers to when legal correspondence such as tax documents, summons, subpoenas, and other important legal documents are sent, so the receiving party has sufficient time to respond. A registered agent can either be a full-time resident of Arkansas or a business entity with a physical presence in the state (no P.O. Boxes are allowed) or a registered agent service authorized to transact business in Arkansas that is available during normal business hours.
You can act as your own registered agent in Arkansas and you are not required to pay for a registered agent.
Be sure to either enter a Business Name if using a commercial registered agent company or first and last name if it is an individual, along with the registered office address, phone, and email.
Step 7: Select Officers
Add all of the officers in this section. If there are multiple officers, enter their information and click on Save Officer.
At least one member will enter their information, which may be the same person in the Principal Information and Registered Agent section.
One area that is a bit confusing is the title. Choices include:
- Incorporator/Organizer – An L.L.C. Organizer is involved with the LLC formation of the Articles of Organization. The Organizer may or may not become a member, such as a mentor, attorney, or accountant.
- Manager – If the L.L.C. is Manager-Managed and the Manager Statement was filled out, this person would be listed here.
- Member – The members will be listed here. All of the initial members will also be saved as Incorporator/Organizers.
- Managing Member – Will be used if the manager is also a member.
Click “Save Officer” for each person listed.
Step 8: Submitter Contact Information
This section is used should the Secretary of State have any questions during the application process and where the final documents should be sent.
Step 9: Annual Report Contact Information
Enter the name and address where the Annual Report should be sent.
Step 10: Sign the Agreement
Effective Date – By default, the L.L.C. is effective on the date submitted. If you prefer to have the L.L.C. officially start at a later date (up to 90 days), enter that date in the field. Otherwise, leave the field blank.
Signature – Click on the box saying this is not a false document, enter your signature in the Signature box, and hit Submit.
Step 11: Review, Pay, and File
Do a final review of the information provided to ensure the registration documents are correct and make the payment.
If sending by mail send to:
Arkansas Secretary of State
500 Woodlane Street, Suite 256
Little Rock, AR 72201
If you have questions, contact the Business and Commercial Services Division of the Arkansas Secretary of State.
Email Address: email@example.com