To start an LLC in Idaho, you must file a Certificate of Organization with the Idaho Secretary of State. You can file the document online or by mail. The Certificate of Organization costs $100 to file. Once filed with the state, this document formally creates your LLC. However, before the LLC is ready to do business in Idaho, you must complete several additional steps...
Whether you want to try filing by yourself or prefer to skip the hassle and use our expert services, Northwest can help you start your Idaho LLC with confidence.
Everything You Need to Know About Idaho LLCs:
How to Start an LLC in Idaho
To start an LLC in Idaho, you’ll need to do three things: appoint a registered agent, choose a name for your business, and file Certificate of Organization with the Idaho Secretary of State, Business Services. You can file the document online, by mail, or in person. The certificate costs $100 to file (add $1 if paying with a credit or debt card). Once filed with the state, this document formally creates your Idaho LLC.
According to Idaho Statute § 30-21-404, every Idaho LLC must appoint a registered agent. You don’t need to hire a commercial registered agent, but if you do, make sure your they will list their address on your certificate wherever possible to ensure maximum privacy.
If you’re starting a new business, you probably already know what you want to name your LLC. But you’ll need to know if your preferred name is available. To find out, visit Idaho Secretary of State Business Search and search until you find the perfect name for your LLC.
Once you know who your registered agent will be and what your LLC name is, you’re ready to file your Idaho Certificate of Organization. Follow along with our filing instructions below:
Filing the Idaho LLC Certificate of Organization
Learn more about each Certificate of Organization requirement below. Note that the information you provide becomes part of the public record—permanently.
Or, skip the form entirely and hire us to form your Idaho LLC. We provide a free business address to list whenever possible throughout the filing to better keep your personal address private. Looking for a low-cost way to start a business? Pay just $35 out the door with our VIP monthly payment option.
NOTE: Filing by mail? You’ll still need fill out the form online and then print off the form at the end. (You likely only need to do this if you want to pay by check or money order.) If you use the old paper form or any form not completed through Idaho’s SOSBiz, you’ll incur an extra $20 fee.
1. Company Name
You have to include “Limited Liability Company” or an abbreviation like “LLC.” You can’t choose a name that’s the same or too similar to a name already in use in Idaho.
2. Principal Office
This must be a street address in Idaho (no PO Boxes). When you hire Northwest, you can avoid listing a home or personal address and use our Idaho address as your principal address.
3. Registered Agent
Your Idaho registered agent must be available during business hours to accept legal notices for your LLC. You can list a noncommercial agent (like yourself) or a commercial agent (like Northwest). If you list a noncommercial agent, you’ll need to provide the street address in Idaho where your registered agent needs to be available. Rather not list a personal home or office address on this public form? You can hire a commercial agent and simply select their name from the list of approved commercial agents.
4. LLC Governor
You are asked to provide the name and address of at least one governor for your LLC. “Governor” is a fancy way to say a person with decision-making authority—for an LLC, this would be a manager (if the LLC has managers) or a member. Include the name and mailing address of at least one LLC governor. Note that you don’t need a personal address, only a mailing address (which can be our address when you hire us).
5. Idaho LLC Organizer
Your organizer (or authorized person) is just the individual who completes and submits your certificate. Organizers are required to put their name and signature. This doesn’t have to be anyone within your LLC—when you hire Northwest, we’ll put our information in this section, helping you keep your personal info private.
Why Have a Registered Agent Form Your Idaho LLC?
Professionals in Idaho hire registered agent services like Northwest Registered Agent to start an LLC—but why?
Standard filing companies don’t have employees or offices in every state. But as a national registered agent, it’s a requirement for us, which is a benefit for our clients. Our office is in Coeur d’Alene. We’re on a first name basis with the people who work in the Idaho Secretary of State, Business Services. We know all the fastest filing methods, which translates to fast, professional service—without extra fees.
As your registered agent, we list our Coeur d’Alene registered office address on your LLC’s formation documents. Why? If you’re starting a business from your apartment in Post Falls, do you really want your apartment address as your business address? (Hint: the answer is no.) We’ll list our address, so you don’t have to list yours. Plus, we never sell your data. We don’t list your personal information on filings if we don’t have to. It’s all standard and part of our commitment to Privacy by Default®.
Free Mail Forwarding, Business Address and More
At Northwest, we do everything a registered agent should do and more. You can list our address as your business address on your state filings. We include limited digital mail forwarding with registered agent service (up to 5 pieces of regular mail per year; $15 a doc after that).
Plan on accepting credit cards? We also offer a Free Credit Card Processing Consultation. Our specialists work with processors to negotiate low rates and better contracts for our clients.
And now, try our in-house Northwest Phone Service for 60 days, free of charge with our formation service. Get a virtual phone number with your choice of area code, make and receive calls from any device, and more—for just $9 a month.
We know the in’s and out’s of each state—and we use this knowledge to help you when you need it most. Our team of Corporate Guides® has over 200 local business experts. You can call or email us for answers to all your questions about your LLC in Idaho. Our Corporate Guides are dedicated solely to helping you with your business—not selling you services or meeting quotas.
Idaho LLC Formation Options
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What Do I Do After My Idaho LLC Is Formed?
After your Idaho Certificate of Organization is approved, you still have a few more important steps to take, including getting an EIN, drafting an operating agreement, opening a bank account, funding the LLC and learning about state reporting and tax requirements.
Get an EIN
An EIN (“Employer Identification Number”) is a federal tax ID assigned to your business by the IRS. The IRS uses your EIN to easily identify your business on tax filings.
Does an Idaho LLC need an EIN?
If you plan to hire employees or have to submit special federal filings (like Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms returns), you will be required to obtain an EIN. Also, your bank may request an EIN when opening a business bank account.
How do I get an EIN for my LLC?
You can apply for an EIN directly from the IRS at no cost. Most businesses are able to apply online, but if you don’t have a social security number, you’ll need to apply with a paper form. Want one less thing to do? Add on EIN service when you hire us, and we’ll get your EIN for you. Or choose our VIP service—an EIN is included.
Write an LLC Operating Agreement
Operating agreements put into writing how your business actually operates—how much each member invested, how profits and losses will be allocated, how voting works, and what happens if there’s a dispute or if the whole business (knock on wood) falls apart.
Do I need an operating agreement for an Idaho LLC?
Idaho doesn’t legally require an operating agreement. According to Idaho Statute § 30-25-106, members MAY enter into an operating agreement—but the law doesn’t declare that they must.
That said, an operating agreement isn’t just annoying paperwork. It’s one of your LLC’s most important internal documents, and creating one can help your LLC with everything from opening a bank account to handling major events from mergers to dissolution.
What should be in an operating agreement?
An operating agreement should explain how the business will handle “big picture” situations—everything from allocating profits and losses to dissolving the business. Below is a list of common topics that operating agreements should cover.
Profits, losses, and distributions
Voting rights, decision-making powers, and management
Transfer of membership interest
Dissolving the business
Your operating agreement can cover pretty much anything as long as it isn’t contrary to Idaho law. For example, according to Idaho Statute § 30-25-105, your operating agreement may define member roles, set forth the rights and duties of managers, and govern the circumstances for amending the agreement. However, your operating agreement may not alter state laws relating to your Idaho registered agent or the Secretary of State.
How do I write an operating agreement?
To write an operating agreement, you need to address how your business will handle money, members, votes, management, and more. Not sure how to get started? At Northwest, we’re here to help your LLC get off on the right foot. When you hire us, we provide your business with a free LLC operating agreement, specific to your management style. We’ve spent years developing these agreements and other free LLC forms—which have been used by over a million LLCs.
Open an LLC Bank Account
Your LLC needs its own bank account. Why? An LLC gets its limited liability from being a distinct entity, separate from its members. If you mix personal and business finances, you could lose your liability protections.
How do I open a bank account for my Idaho LLC?
To open a bank account for your Idaho LLC, you will need to bring the following with you to the bank:
A copy of the Idaho LLC Certificate of Organization
The LLC operating agreement
The LLC’s EIN
If there are multiple members in the LLC, you may also want to bring an LLC resolution to open a bank account that states that the person going to the bank is authorized by the members to open the account in the name of the LLC. Northwest can help with this as well—LLC bank resolutions are one of the many free legal forms we provide to ensure you can get your LLC started fast.
Fund the LLC
Time to put some money in that new LLC bank account. What money? For starters, your initial contributions to your LLC’s capital. LLC members are owners, and each owner needs to pay for their membership interest to fund the LLC.
What is membership interest?
Membership interest is your percentage of ownership of the LLC. Membership interest is normally proportionate to your investment. So how does this work?
Imagine your LLC has 5 members. 4 members each invest $1,000 in the business. One member invests $6,000. The total contribution of all members is $10,000. The 4 members each own 10% of the business. The moneybags member who shelled out $6,000 owns 60% of the business.
Typically, this also means that the 4 members would each get 10% of any profits, and moneybags would get 60%. Exactly how profits and losses are allocated, however, can be adjusted in the operating agreement as long as changes are in line with IRS requirements and Idaho laws.
File Idaho Reports & Taxes
Idaho LLCs are required to file a state report each year. This report is basically an information update you file so the state knows who currently runs things and how to contact your business. Idaho LLCs are also subject to state tax filing requirements.
How much is the Idaho Annual Report fee?
$0. There is no filing fee for the Idaho Annual Report. Failing to file a report within 60 days after your due date could result in your business being administratively dissolved or revoked of its rights to conduct business within the state.
When is the Idaho Annual Report due?
Your Idaho Annual Report is due during your anniversary month. So, say you formed your business on April 17th. You’ll need to file your report within the month of April each year.
When you sign up for Northwest, we send you reminders for your annual report due dates. Want one less thing to worry about? With our business renewal service, we can complete and submit your annual report for you for just $100.
What should I know about Idaho LLC taxes?
Idaho assesses the following rates for personal income taxes:
$1 – $1,568: 1.125% of income over $0
$1,568 – $3,136: $17.64 plus 3.125 of income over $1,568
$3,136 – $4,704: $66.64 plus 3.625 of income over $3,136
$4,704 – $6,272: $123.48 plus 4.625% of income over $4,704
$6,272 – $7,840: $196 plus 5.625% of income over $6,272
$7,840 – $11,760: $284.20 plus 6.625% of income over $7,840
$11,760 plus: $543.90 plus 6.925% of income over $11,760
Idaho state sales tax is 6%; however, cities can choose to add an additional tax (up to 3%). For example, Sun Valley sales tax is 9%—whereas Kellogg sits at just 6%.
Idaho LLC FAQs
How can I submit the Idaho LLC Certificate of Organization?
You can file Idaho certificates online, by mail, or in person. Again, just note that you’ll still need to fill out the form online before you can print out a paper filing.
Office of the Secretary of State
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0080
450 N 4th Street
Boise, ID 83720-0080
How much does it cost to start an Idaho LLC?
The Idaho Secretary of State charges a $100 filing fee for the Certificate of Organization. There’s also a $1 credit/debit card processing fee. As of November 2018, if you submit a paper form that was not completed through Idaho’s SOSBiz, you’ll also incur an extra $20 fee.
Need it expedited? Add $40 for 8-hour expediting.
Want to skip the hassle altogether? Hire Northwest for a one-time fee of $326 ($366 expedited), which includes state filing fees, a full year of registered agent service, limited mail forwarding and loads of useful forms and tools to get your Idaho LLC up and running. Or, pay just $35 out the door with our low-cost VIP monthly payment option.
How long does it take to start an Idaho LLC?
Filings are processed in the order they’re received (typically 7-10 business days). If you need expedited processing, you can pay an additional $40 to have your certificate processed within 8 hours of receipt. Or, pay an extra $100 and you can get your Certificate of Organization processed the same day it’s submitted.
If you hire Northwest to start your LLC, we file online and typically have your expedited Idaho LLC formed within 24 hours.
Does an Idaho LLC need a business license?
Idaho doesn’t have a state-level business license, so it depends on your business activities and where you’re doing business. For example, all businesses in Caldwell are required to have a business permit, while Boise only requires licenses for specific activities, like child care or food handling.
Can an Idaho LLC help me live more privately?
Yes. While you can’t remove all ownership information from Idaho public filings (like you can in states like New Mexico, Delaware, and Wyoming), an Idaho LLC can still help you reduce your public footprint. You can maintain a significant degree of address privacy by listing our address on public docs instead of your own. Check out our page on living privately with an LLC to learn more.
What is a foreign Idaho LLC?
A foreign Idaho LLC is any LLC formed outside of Idaho but registered to do business in the state. For example, if you formed an LLC in Washington but wanted to conduct business in Idaho as well, you would register as a foreign LLC in Idaho by filing a Foreign Registration Statement with the Idaho Secretary of State. Like domestic LLCs, foreign LLCs in the state have to file annual Idaho annual reports. Northwest can register your foreign Idaho LLC for you today!
What can I do if I need Idaho mail forwarding?
Have a home-based business and need a professional address? Always on the go? Just want to better keep your personal information off public records? There are plenty of reasons why your LLC can benefit from mail forwarding. At Northwest, we include limited mail forwarding with our registered agent and formation services. For more robust needs, we also offer unlimited mail forwarding with a unique suite number as part of our premium Idaho mail forwarding service.
How can I get an Idaho phone number for my LLC?
It’s a conundrum: you need a local number to display on your website and give to customers, but you don’t want to make your personal number quite so…public. We get it. And we’ve got you covered with Northwest Phone Service. We can provide you with a virtual phone number in any state—plus unlimited call forwarding and tons of easy-to-use features. You can try Phone Service free for 60 days when you hire us to form your LLC, and maintaining service is just $9 monthly after that. No contract required.
How to Order LLC Formation Service
Our Idaho LLC formation service is designed to be fast and easy—signing up takes just a couple minutes. Here’s how it works:
With Northwest, we give you flexibility on how to pay. You can pay all the fees up front (this includes one full year of registered agent service). Or, pay just $35 out the door with our VIP monthly payment option. With our VIP option, we also include an EIN. Just choose one of the buttons below, answer a few easy questions about your business and submit your payment.
We’ll prepare your Idaho Certificate of Organization and send them to the Secretary of State for approval. In the meantime, you’ll have immediate access to your online account, where you can find useful state forms, pre-populated with your business information.
Once the Idaho Secretary of State has approved your filing, we notify you that your Idaho LLC has been legally formed. You can now take any necessary next steps, like getting an EIN and opening a bank account.