How To Start An LLC In Alabama

Alabama LLCs are formed by filing a form called the Certificate of Formation (also known as Articles of Organization) with the Alabama Secretary of State.

In Alabama (no other state does it like this), you send your certificate of formation to the probate judge in the county where you’ll be forming your LLC. That judge will pass on the approved paperwork to the secretary of state. Once filed, the Alabama Secretary of State will send you a confirmation that your LLC has been formed.

The complete steps to forming an LLC in Alabama are as follows:

  1. Perform an LLC Name Reservation with the Alabama Secretary of State and pay $28
  2. File a document called the Alabama LLC Certificate of Formation
  3. Pay the Alabama Secretary of State $100 to file the Certificate of Formation (include an extra $100 for expedited filings
  4. Wait 7 days or upwards of 6 months depending upon your filing method and you’ll get filed articles back showing your LLC is formed
  5. Get a Federal EIN Number for the LLC
  6. Create an Alabama LLC Operating Agreement
  7. Take these documents to the bank and get an Alabama LLC bank account
  8. Pay the initial business privilege tax within 2.5 months of your formation date. This fee is collected by the Department of Revenue