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Start an LLC in Kansas

Use our free business tools below to complete your Kansas LLC Articles of Organization. This is the document you file directly with the Kansas Secretary of State to form your LLC.

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How to Start an LLC in Kansas

Starting an LLC in Kansas only takes three steps:

  1. Name your business
  2. Select a Kansas registered agent
  3. File the $160 Kansas Articles of Organization form

Running a successful business goes beyond just these three steps, though. We go over everything that’s required to start your LLC in Kansas and what you need to do to maintain it.



1. Name Your LLC

If you want to start a Kansas LLC, you’ll first need to name your business. Kan. Stat. § 17-7920 outlines the rules of naming your LLC, stating it must:

  • Include either “limited liability company,” “L.L.C.,” or “LLC.”
  • Not include words or abbreviations that make it sound like it’s another kind of entity, like “corp,” “incorporated,” or “limited partnership.”
  • Be unique among business names in Kansas.

You can check your potential LLC name’s availability by using the Kansas Secretary of State’s business search portal. Have a name in mind but aren’t ready to start your business? You can reserve a name in Kansas for up to 120 days by filing the Temporary Reservation of Business Entity Name form and paying a $35 filing fee.

It is free to use an available DBA in Kansas. A DBA (doing business as) allows you to use a name other than your legal LLC name. Unlike most states, Kansas does not require you to register your DBA. If you plan to use a DBA, you’ll want to check its availability with the Kansas Business Filing Center.

Learn how to obtain a Kansas DBA.

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2. Designate a Registered Agent

All LLCs doing business in Kansas need a registered agent (sometimes called a resident agent in Kansas). Your registered agent is the person or entity designated to accept important legal mail on behalf of your business.

The requirements for a registered agent in Kansas are detailed in Kan. Stat. § 17-7925. At a minimum, your registered agent must:

  • Be able to accept legal documents during regular business hours.
  • Have a physical, registered office address located within the state of Kansas. No PO Boxes.
  • Notify the LLC members of any service of process.

You’ll need to have your registered agent’s name and address ready before you fill out your Articles of Organization formation document.

Absolutely. The problem is, if you act as your own registered agent, your name and address will go on the public record, and that can make it difficult to maintain privacy. What’s more, not all business owners can keep regular business hours. When you hire Northwest as your registered agent, you don’t have to worry about a thing.

You can change your registered agent in Kansas anytime by filing the Change of Registered Office/Agent form. You can file by mail for $35 or online for $30. Stuck in the ’90s? Fax over the form for $55.

3. Submit Kansas LLC Articles of Organization

Once filed with the Kansas Secretary of State, your Articles of Organization officially form your LLC. There is a base $160 filing fee that goes up depending on how you file.

To fill out the form, you’ll need to provide the following information about your LLC:

  • Company name. Include an indicator like “LLC.”
  • Resident agent. The person or entity that is authorized to accept legal mail on behalf of the LLC.
  • Registered office. The Kansas street address where your resident agent will accept legal notifications.
  • Mailing address. Address where you’d like official state mail sent (not including legal notifications). This cannot be a PO box.
  • Tax closing month. The month the business has established as its tax closing or book closing period. December is the default.
  • Effective date. When do you want your LLC to start? You can delay its formation by 90 days, but most LLCs start as soon as their Articles are filed.
  • Authorized signature. You’ll need an authorized person to sign, like an LLC member or your resident agent.

Note: All of the information on this form will become part of the public record.

Interested in forming a series LLC or multiple LLCs within one LLC? Check out our Kansas Series LLC guide.

It costs $160 to file your Kansas LLC Articles of Organization online and get your business formed with the state. If you choose to file your Articles in person, it costs $165. Going the fax route is even more expensive at $185.

Filing your Articles of Organization online gets your Kansas LLC formed in minutes. Mail, in person, and fax filings may take up to several business days.

You can submit your Kansas Articles online, by mail, in person, or by fax. Here is how:


Kansas Business Services Division

Mail and in person:

Secretary of State
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 S.W. 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594


(785) 296-4570

To amend your Kansas Articles, you need to file the Business Entity Certificate of Amendment. You’ll also need to pay a $35 filing fee.

To help keep your personal info off the public record, you should hire a professional registered agent to form your Kansas LLC. Any registered agent worth their salt will protect your personal information by listing their information in place of your own, wherever allowable, on your Articles of Organization.

How to Maintain Your Kansas LLC

Write an LLC Operating Agreement

Your Kansas LLC’s operating agreement is a document that outlines how the internal workings of how the LLC will be organized. This includes spelling out ownership rights for the LLC, responsibilities of the members, profit and loss distributions, and even how the LLC will be dissolved when (or if) the time comes. Without an operating agreement, your LLC will be required to operate according to Kansas’s default LLC statutes.

Check out our attorney-drafted Kansas LLC Operating Agreement.

Kansas doesn’t legally require your LLC to have an operating agreement. That said, you should consider an operating agreement essential for your LLC. You’ll need it to open a business bank account, settle any internal conflicts, and—if ever you face a lawsuit—defend your LLC’s limited liability status.

Your operating agreement is specific to your Kansas LLC. But essentially your operating agreement can contain any provisions relating to the business of the LLC, the conduct of its affairs, and the rights and powers of the managing members, managers, officers, and employees, as long as it doesn’t conflict with state laws.

Get an EIN, Bank Account & Funding

An EIN (employer identification number) is your business’s identification number, like a social security number for your business. You’ll use an EIN to open your business bank account and start collecting funds, contributions, and revenue. Most banks will require a minimum starting deposit to open your business bank account. You can have each member provide a starting contribution or investment that represents their LLC ownership.

Check out our EIN Guide to learn more about how to get an EIN for your Kansas LLC.

To get an EIN in Kansas, you’ll file the Application for Employer Identification Number (Form SS-4) with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You can do so online, by mail, fax, or over the phone. There is no filing fee for the EIN.

File Taxes & Reports

With a Kansas LLC, you’ll need to pay yearly taxes and file a biennial report. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Taxes: All Kansas LLCs by default are taxed as pass-through entities. This means the LLC itself doesn’t pay taxes. The profit gets “passed-through” for members to report on their personal income tax. LLC profits are taxed at the 15.3% federal self-employment tax rate.
  • Biennial Reports: Unlike some states, you do not have to renew your LLC every year in Kansas. Instead, you must file a biennial report every other year. Kansas does its biennial reports in an interesting way. Businesses that formed on even years file biennial reports on even years. Businesses formed on odd years file reports on succeeding odd years. We offer a Kansas biennial report service to help business owners like you stay compliant.
  • BOI Report: The BOI Report is a new federal requirement for most Kansas LLCs. The report requires you to disclose identifying information about your company applicant and all beneficial owners to FinCEN. You can file online or hire us to do it for you ($9).

No. Kansas levies a personal income tax rate based on an LLC’s earnings. Here’s the breakdown on Kansas income taxes:

  • Under $15,000: 3.1%
  • Between $15,000-$30,000: 5.25%
  • Over $30,000: 5.7%

Kansas biennial reports cost $110 if filed in-person or by mail, and $100 for online filings. Your biennial report is due on April 15 of each filing year.

Starting in 2024, you can file this report online through the BOI E-Filing System. There’s no charge to file the BOI Report.

Yes. If any information on your BOI Report changes, you’ll need to file an updated report within 30 days. This is also true if you find out there was an inaccuracy in your original report. It’s free to file an updated BOI Report.



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