Last Updated on February 4, 2022
Costs to Form a Wyoming LLC
To form a Limited Liability Company in Wyoming, file the Articles of Organization with the Wyoming Secretary of State. The LLC filing fee is $100. There is an additional $2 filing fee when filing online.
Approval for the LLC is immediate when filing online or 3-5 business days when filing by mail.
Steps to Form a Wyoming LLC
The steps for filing online or by mail are largely the same. The screenshots show how to file online.
- Begin by visiting the Wyoming Secretary of State’s website. If you prefer to fill out and mail the application, download the Wyoming LLC Articles of Organization Form.
- Click on “Start Now!”
- On the next page, find the drop-down menu under “Choose a Business Entity Type” and select Limited Liability Company (Domestic).
- On this page, you will also have to acknowledge that the information entered in the Articles of Organization will become public information.
Step 1: LLC Name
Enter the name you want for the LLC. The name of the LLC has to differ from other entity names registered with the Wyoming Secretary of State. You should run a Wyoming LLC business name search with the Secretary of State before going through the filing process to ensure the one you want is available.
The name of the LLC must also include a designator at the end of the business name. A designator describes what type of business entity it is. Available designators include:
- Limited Liability Company
- Limited Company
- Ltd. Liability Company
- Ltd. Liability Co.
- Limited Liability Co.
Enter the name along with the designator you would like to use twice to confirm.
There are additional designations available for an LLC to choose from (not common).
Close Limited Liability Company – Often used for estate planning, this type of LLC provides additional restrictions on transfers, membership rights, and dissolution of the LLC.
L3C – A hybrid of a for-profit LLC and non-profit, this type of LLC has a charitable mission and intends to have a low profit.
Series LLC – Most commonly used for real estate investment businesses, the Series LLC provides liability protection across multiple asset groups or businesses, each of which would be protected from liabilities from the other series.
Series and Close – A combination of the Series LLC and Close LLC.
Step 2: Detail
Period of Duration – Indicate how long the Limited Liability Company will remain in existence. Most LLCs will choose a “Perpetual” duration, which means there is no expected end date. Some businesses (usually investment-related) will have a specific closure date.
Delayed Effective Date – If you want the LLC to start as soon as the Secretary of State files the Articles of Organization, enter nothing.
Step 3: Registered Agent
To have an LLC in Wyoming, a Registered Agent must be identified. The Registered Agent acts as a central point of contact for service of process to receive legal documents, tax notices, summons, subpoenas, etc., on behalf of the LLC.
The Registered Agent can either be a resident of Wyoming or an entity registered with the Secretary (such as a Registered Agent service, attorney, etc.). If the Wyoming Registered Agent is an entity, use the “Search for a Registered Agent” box. If it is an individual, use the “Enter Agent Information” box and enter their name, address, phone, and email. If an individual is selected, be sure to have a signed and dated statement stating their consent of appointment for this entity.
The agent must have a physical street address in the state (PO Boxes are not allowed) and be available during normal business hours.
Step 4: Addresses
Principal Address – In this section, enter the street address, city, state, and zip code of the initial principal office. The principal office address can be the LLC’s physical address, or it can be the address where the business records are stored. You may not use a PO Box for the designated office.
Mailing Address – Enter the mailing address. It can be the same as the Principal Address, but if correspondence from the Secretary of State should go to another address, enter that information in the Mailing Address Section.
Step 5: Organizers
An LLC Organizer is someone involved with the formation of the Articles of Organization. The Organizer may or may not become a member, such as a mentor, attorney, or accountant, but any of the initial members can be listed as an organizer.
Enter the organizer(s) name and address and click the “Add” button after each organizer.
Step 6: Additional Articles
This is an optional section and not used by most LLCs. Here you would include additional rules for the operation of the LLC.
Step 7: Review
Review that all the information is correct. If there are no corrections, click “Continue.”
Step 8: Pay and File
Enter the organizer’s electronic signature, pay and file the Articles of Organization.